"Goodnight Sweet Prince" - Excellent Foreshadowing
"Goodnight Sweet Prince" is such a perfect title for this twisted bedtime story. I guess he reached the deepest slumber of all.
I love the animation style you used. Very expressive and detailed. The opening scene of the tired parents and the bouncing child flawlessly created the setting of a mother putting a hyper child to bed with a moment incorporating story. The writing and scene selection purposely lead the viewer into the comfort zone of "humorous slice of life," while slowly dropping hints to the contrary along the way.
I loved the way the castle and walls were drawn in particular. They provided a nice dark backdrop to foreshadow the story's more sinister theme, while lulling the viewer into a false sense of security; creating a seemingly innocent fairy tale world for the characters. The symbolic use of a raven, as opposed to a sparrow or other bird usually associated with good fortune, was also an enjoyable tidbit of foreshadowing.
The character designs remind me of block printed illustrations that were in my childhood copy of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" and really enhanced the experience.