Little Prince, The (2016)

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The Little Prince is a creatively reimagined retelling of the original novella, written by Antoine deSaint-Exupéry.  While not a direct adaptation, Osborne still succeeds in capturing the essence of the 1943 tale that is engaging enough for children and thoughtful enough for adults.  The film blends together a modern narrative, in the 3d animation format, and an interspersed recollection of the story “The Little Prince”, in stop motion.

The presentation of the “adult” world as orderly, fiscal-centric, status- and vanity-driven is clear from the onset.  The inability for the child to fully understand the adult way of life is a key aspect of the original story and one that is conveyed effortlessly in the movie.  The dutiful little girl, voiced by Mackenzie Foy, trapped in between childhood freedom and the prison of structure finds herself an unexpected friend that can teach her a lesson in how to appreciate life.

The themes throughout this film are overt and some sequences are far too drawn out for a kids’ movie.  There is little subtly to this movie, not that there is anything wrong with that, since it is targeted to children.  The messages and morals that are permeating through this film are positive ones and should be exposed to kids as often as possible.  The polar opposites of the role models in the film paints clear but gaping lines for children to stay within: it is important to be responsible just as much as to have fun and experience life to the fullest.

  • The Little Prince is the first animated feature to be distributed by Netflix.  It is not an original Netflix production, but perhaps this is their way of getting their feet wet in the animation world.

Rating: ♣♣♣

Directed by: Mark Osborne

Cinematography: Kris Kapp

Screenplay by: Irena Brignull, Bob Persichetti

Music by: Richard Harvey, Hans Zimmer

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, Riley Osborne

Runtime: 1h 48m

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures, Netflix


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