La Princesa Alegría (The Princess Happiness, in English) is about a girl telling the story of Princesa Alegria/Princess Happiness, a princess so happy that whoever she talks to becomes filled with complete joy. She tells the story with drawings and paintings, and a boy, a king, and a woman soon become involved in the tale. The story is told in a mix of animation and reality, and what exactly is real may not be as important as what someone, in their deepest of hearts, believes is true.
This is a bittersweet tale. It involves daydreams, childhood friends, and ugly realities. It gives a nice heart-warming feeling, but plays also with darkness and sadness. At the end of it all though, I had to cry over this one. However, do remember: not all tears are sad. What a beautiful film.
(This one’s available on YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, and Dailymotion, all with English subtitles. This other short film also has beautiful art and a curious story. Here’s another film about another girl’s growing up story.)