Screenwriter: Anders Morgenthaler and Mette Heeno
Runtime: 90 minutes
Release date: N/A
Princess is particularly eye-catching because it is a dark, adult animé and certainly not for children. Unlike so many of the slow, saccharine Disney/Pixar outings repetitively churned out ad nauseum these days, it deserves special attention for its unique originality. Reminiscent of Japanese comic book films, for its violence, profane language and sexual references, Princess is mainly animation and about twenty percent live action. Real actors play the three protagonists, which makes the harshness of it hit home all the harder, without the safety net of "oh, it's just a cartoon", to play it down.
Unrealistic scenes in which Mia's stuffed rabbit, Multe comes to life, winking and prancing all over the show, symbolise that despite everything, she is still just an innocent child. Evidence of the emotional trauma this poor child has suffered is her shocking insistence that the other kids in the neighbourhood refer to her as "the whore". Princess is a daring and unusual attempt to reveal how unbalanced a naïve child can be rendered through abuse. Not for the faint hearted.