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Hello Newgrounds, long time no see...
From the creator of "Aura" comes a brand new [quite old by now, actually..] flash production - SMILE! .
What was to be quick side project turned into a beast that took me over 3 months... Three months of forsaking and returning, three months of occasional work suicides and sleepless nights...

as always, NOTE: May not be liked by everyone, but was never meant to be liked by everyone. If you're here only to watch funny mario parodies, then you can skip this movie now.

Enough nagging. Watch the movie.
And SMILE!!

(There are quite many people that get confused by the ending. Just to let you know - yes, it's supposed to be the way it is. )

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I'll admit I'm only here for godspeed you! black emperor, but this is still very unsettling, even with the simple art style. Great work!

I watched this when I was in 7th or 8th grade. Thats been over 10 years ago, I think, as I'm a grad student now. This has always been one of my favorite animations of all time. Its influenced me a lot. I wanted to become a social worker because of it.

its very bizarre, very adult, very surreal and yet grounded and serious with its raw portrayal of injustice. I always felt sad for that little guy. Thank you, Sarkazm.

I watched this 16 years ago when I was 9 or 10. In retrospect it's clearly had a hand in coloring my perception of society and the way the world works.
It's all just one big machine that has innumerable methods by which to make you miserable - some of them happenstance, many of them discriminate and arbitrary; the obstacles erected, punishments inflicted and rules set by entirely hollow people.

If you want to escape the circumstances currently surrounding you, you have to act within strictly defined parameters to succeed at the lowest level even if they don't truly reflect your mentality, emotional state your wants or needs. None of it matters to the machine - produce, perform, conform, smile.

How many pieces of me is it going to take in exchange for the freedoms it affords me? How many of those freedoms will it slowly take away?

Is there a way to act independently from the machine? Or can I smile long enough to "make it"?

This has been somethting of a religious experience. I never would've thought nor hoped that this flash video would be so enduring.

If i'm correct i remember seeing this on YouTube before from a reaction channel

Machines... controlling our lives? Forcing us to fake a happy interaction? Involuntary participants in a system we don't want to be in, disconnected but happy with where we are? Pique on social media? Or on unreal expectations overall? Or on the unnatural bridges in our society. The false images. This could mean so many different things...

I was really hoping there'd be a happy ending for that guy, or that one of the button-pushers would actually realize their wrongs, but the ending reveals another side to them after all... pretty depressing, but really well-done. Seems to symbolize so much of the world we all live in right now.

-cd-

Credits & Info

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1,174,258
Faves:
4,183
Votes
4,906
Score
4.39 / 5.00

Uploaded
May 1, 2004
9:12 PM EDT
Genre
Drama
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video
flash
  • Daily Feature May 3, 2004
  • Weekly 2nd Place May 4, 2004