Quick update, you can watch this film on Netflix now! Watch it this weekend, you’ll be glad you did.
The Little Prince is a English language French animated movie. It uses computer animation and stop motion animation to tell the story of The Little Prince, a young boy on asteroid B612 who travels to Earth and encounters an Aviator stranded in the desert. But this time we have a girl who’s whole life is planned out, her mother didn’t factor in their next door neighbor…
This film is directed by Mark Osborne, with a script from Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti, based on the classic novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The film features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Rickey Gervaise, Paul Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Albert Brooks and Mackenzie Foy.
The good; the film is not a direct adaptation of the novel, we definitely get the story we know in the novel, but then it wraps a framework around the familiar with something relate-able. The film has Jessica Riley (Mackenzie Foy) as the protagonist of this movie, she lives next to the now elderly Aviator (Jeff Bridges). Jessica encounters the Aviator and breaks free for her mother’s (Rachel McAdams) overbearing ridged planned routine and allows time for fun and imagination.
Having this new element injects the classic story with refreshing vitality for the modern audience.
The modern day portions are all done with CG, cause that’s what we know. Then the portions that are lifted directly from the novel are all stop motion, wonderfully crafted stop motion. This is the best of both worlds as it combines the classic with the modern, the retro with the cutting edge. Nostalgia with the current.
The bad; you won’t be seeing this movie. This film has been released internationally, obtaining the number 2 spots in both France and Brazil, and then the number 1 spot in Japan on its second week. But for some reason we won’t be getting this film in America.
Overall, enough cannot be said about this gem of a movie. If you can find it, go see it. You’ll be transported to a place that we’ve all been but have somehow forgotten, yet when you’re there it’ll be like you’ve never left. It’s like going back home, it’s not about a place, it’s about a feeling. Allow yourself to imagine and feel won’t you?