Reversal of The Heart is an animated short film created by Carolyn Chrisman. It can be found here.
After a prince kills a baby dragon for the glowing gem in its chest, as a gift for his love, not knowing that the mother of said baby dragon has put curse on the gem that turns his love into a dragon. Mistaking her for a dragon that has murdered his love, he tries to kill her, with the princess only nearly escaping. After words, she recruits a young amateur wizard to help her go on a quest to undo the curse, as her former love tracks them down.
This short provides examples of:
- Ambiguous Ending: The video ends with The Prince being engulfed by the Mother Dragon's flames, only to reveal when they part a baby dragon, in the spitting image of her child the prince killed at the beginning of the film, except with the prince's eye color. The baby dragon yawns before looking up at its "mother" before hunkering down in confusion, as the Mother Dragon picks him up, only giving the others a brief glance and knocking away the Prince's helmet, before she flies away with him in toll, as The Wizard and The Princess give each other a smile.
- Baleful Polymorph:
- The Mother Dragon turns The Princess into a dragon, as retribution for The Prince killing her baby.
- Possibly the fate of The Prince, depending on how you interperet the ending.
- Butterfly of Doom: The Baby Dragon is killed, after wonders off while chasing a butterfly.
- Death of a Child: The short starts with a young dragon being killed. This is possibly reversed in the end.
- Equivalent Exchange: One interpretation of the ending is that the Mother Dragon killed The Prince as a sacrifice to revive her child's life by trading his.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Prince's anger over seemingly losing The Princess and his look of regret when he realized he almost killed her, show that he genuinly did love her.
- Evil Prince: The Prince.
- Eye Color Change: When The Mother Dragon resurects her baby, after flaming The Prince, The Baby Dragon has The Prince's eye color, possibly meaning she just turned the prince into a new baby dragon.
- Face Death with Dignity: When confronted by The Mother Dragon, The Prince just looks down remorsefully and accepts his fate.
- Gory Discretion Shot: All we see of the baby dragon's slaying is The Prince's sword coming down and a bit of blood splattered against the cave wall.
- Heel Realization: Both The Prince and The Mother Dragon are implied to do this at the end of the film.
- Implied Love Interest: The Princess and The Magician are this to each other. After The Princess is returned to normal and The Prince is reaching out to her, she rejects him and turns towards The Magican. The last shot of the film is even them holding hands.
- Kill It with Fire: Possibly subverted in the case of what The Mother Dragon does to The Prince, depending on how you view the ending.
- Mama Dragon: The Mother Dragon of course.
- Misplaced Retribution: The Mother Dragon wanting to get revenge on The Prince for killing her child is understandable. Cursing his love, just becouse The Prince gave The Princess the gem in her son's chest as a gift... less so.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Prince shudders in horror and drops his sword and helmet, before falling to his knees, upon realizing the dragon he tracked down and nearly killed, was actually his love.
- No Name Given: None of the characters are named.
- Raise Him Right This Time: Another interpetation of the ending is that The Mother Dragon, seeing The Prince's regret and realizing vengence would just cause more pain, turned the prince into her new child to give him a second chance at life.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Mother Dragon has these.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Baby Dragon. Only making it sadder when he is killed.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Prince goes on one, after seeing a dragon in The Princess's room, leading him to think she had killed The Princess, not knowing that they were one in the same.
- Slasher Smile: The Prince gives one these out, as he's killing the Baby Dragon.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Prince.