The Little Prince
Directed by Mark Osborne
Based on the best-seller book 'The Little Prince', the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her neighbor that will tell her about the story of the Little Prince that he once met.
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★★★★½ review by A.J. on Letterboxd
You're going to make a wonderful grown-up.
I turned 18 on June 30th. I have a job where I work about 30 hours a week. I'm not in college. I stress out about the future and the career that I want to have.
Along comes The Little Prince, a beautiful, uplifting film that reminded me to never forget. It's been such a big problem with my life lately.
As I sit here, crying because of the effect this movie had on me, I feel at peace.
I'll grow up. But I won't forget any of it.
★★★★ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd
i'm not a furry but this animated fox is nowhere near as hot as the one from zootopia
★★★★ review by kyle97 on Letterboxd
I didn’t cry like I thought I would. Maybe a bit teary-eyed.
Mark Osborne takes such a risky route to tell this beloved story through two parallel narratives, one of which functions as a framing device for the actual Little Prince story. But Osborne pulls it off with flying colors and even elevates the already-excellent original material while remaining faithful to it. Whether you like the film or not, you can’t deny that Antoin de Saint-Exupery's book was adapted with love and respect. Osborne digs deep into the story's core themes of childhood and memory to deliver a soothing film that speaks to our formative years. The Little Prince might just be a film for adults after all.
The movie is big in its heart and elegiac in its messages. Adults are the antagonists here. They lack one fundamental thing in life that helps all of us stay hopeful: imagination. And they try to take it away from our main character, The Little Girl. Her type-A sort of mom imposes strict life planning upon her, unaware that she’s accelerating the growing-up process of her daughter. But before she becomes another unimaginative adult, the Little Girl meets the Aviator, who introduces her to this magical story about the Little Prince and a world full of joy that make her feel alive and hopeful again.
I can only assume that Osborne intentionally goes with the muted, washed-out color palettes for the computer-generated portions of the film to portray the contemporary world. They strongly convey the dullness that characterizes the corporate society populated by robotic working adults. But when the colorful stop-motion animation kicks in and the story of the Little Prince unfolds, the film suddenly becomes more magical.
I can’t say that the movie is powerful, but it certainly accomplishes quite beautifully what it sets out to do. The Little Prince just wants to remind you how powerful made-up stories can be, how important your childhood days are, and what is “essential” in life. Don't grow up too fast.
★★★★ review by feedingbrett on Letterboxd
The nature of growing up is frightening. Confronted with the idea of change, to be physically and mentally challenged as a means to naturally progress. Conflicted by our aspirations and the cruel hardships of reality. This angst is the backbone of the coming of age genre, finding a way to let go of the past, stripping away from it’s dormant comfort and take only what’s necessary forward, to forge further the identity that we aspire to be.
The Little Prince is a film that tackles those issues head-on. Inspired by the titular book that it is based on, rather than showcase a direct adaptation of it, the narrative instead takes it as a form of tribute and interweave it with the conflicting waters of growing up. The film introduces itself fairly standard, recalling the beats of a Pixar or an above-average DreamWorks film. Things are kept at a human level, revealing the path that her anxiously caring mother has laid out for her, the amplified fear of growing up and the overall burden of the adult world, and forming an eye-opening relationship with her creatively adventurous neighbour.
Hitting emotional points that would have anybody feel empathetic, at times even personally reflective, and how the film handles those intentions are efficient, to say the least. This is a film that is, undoubtedly, first and foremost, directed to children. It is a way of establishing a connection and relay a perspective of the world that they are soon going to assimilate into, hoping that it would bring forth a sense of understanding towards such structures and sacrifices laid upon parents, and a cautionary tale of the persistent threats and temptations that come and exist within such a world.
Simultaneously, viewing the film as an adult opened up familiar experiences that felt somewhat distant, yet still so prevalent in the way we confront new challenges and growth opportunities in our day to day lives. The Little Prince dwells upon such familiar waters that one can easily wrap themselves into it as much as our young protagonist does in the stories that The Aviator shares with her. The film does undoubtedly take a literal turn in the film’s last 40 minutes, and the choice may seem initially jarring, notably due to the intense commitment that the film actually takes. But, it’s investment also brought fruitful results in that it provided a sweeping adventure for the young audiences to absorb and opened a new viewpoint into the story that would help gain a deeper understanding of the themes in place.
This was simply delightful, and though it doesn’t reach certain peaks that the genre has brought in the recent past, it is a primary contender for the ideas and it’s execution alone. For anybody going through some sort of existential crisis due to some fear of a crushing and stifled future ahead, this is the perfect film to dive into during such a period.
★★★★½ review by Travis Lytle on Letterboxd
In adapting Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic work, "The Little Prince," Mark Osborne creates a sweet and exuberant animated adventure that captures the nostalgic intersection of youthful bliss and grownup responsibility. Recognizing the detriment of the former due to the pressures of the latter, the film, in artful and entertaining strokes, makes an argument for the undeniable importance of never leaving behind the whimsy and creative soulfulness of childhood.
With a contemporary framing device about a daughter and her too-structured mother, the narrative follows the arcs set by de Saint-Exupéry that trace an aviator's journey through the cosmos and his interactions with a certain little prince. That aviator, now aged, tells his tale to the daughter, a friendship blooms, and the little girl is set on a new path.
The story quickly and effortlessly enchants with its poetic beats, rich and recognizable themes, and character-based delights. The little girl, the prince, and the aviator all produce rich story currents lapping subtextual motifs of exploration, love, loss, growth, and holding tenaciously to the heartbeat of youth. It a lovely tale, robust with emotion, liveliness, and purity.
Osborne and company weave three-dimensional animation, hand-drawn frames, and stop-motion for something that is as visually vibrant as the narrative is enchanting. Designs reflect the film's tone with a combination of fun and weight, and the entire affair is injected with a sophisticated look and energy that will please all audiences.
Voice-talent is spot on. Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Paul Rudd, and more communicate the necessary emotional ballast called for by the film while adding unique personality to each of the characters. Joy and sorrow trip with equal aplomb from each actor's well-chosen voice.
"The Little Prince" is a moving, inspiring, and completely involving animated fantasy-adventure. Quiet yet memorable, the film is a beautifully animated, potently put together, and engrossingly told piece of work. It is wise, warm, and fantastic; and it should not be missed.
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