The Little Prince follows a young girl (Mackenzie Foy), living in a very grown up world, with her mother (Rachel McAdams). Just as the world around her, The Little Girl begins to grow up to quickly and must face the reality of giving up her childhood. She is faced with giving up her childhood far to soon. As she and her mother try to prepare for the rest of her life, she is introduced to her neighbor, the Aviator (Jeff Bridges) who introduces the little girl to an astonishing world, the world of the Little Prince. Which brings us through this breathtaking journey of faith and love throughout the course of the film.
The Little Prince is nothing short of creative, beautiful, and full of heart storytelling that reminds us what it means to stay young at heart. It is only within our hearts that we can truly know what is important, that running theme throughout is a powerful one. This isn’t just a straight to book to big screen copy of the wonderful children’s book, though as it breathes fresh air into the beloved book. The journey we take with the little girl, the aviator, and all of those who inhabit the little princes world, is one that tugs at the hearts of people of all ages.
Coming off the successes of the Kung Fu Panda series, director Mark Osborne, is given a real opportunity to immersive us into the two worlds that are presented , the Grim “1984” reality of which the little girl lives in, and the beautifully vibrant world of the Little Prince. The stark contrast between the two worlds of the little girls reality and the little princes world is stunning to watch and be apart of, that I must applaud Osborne for keeping that contrast consistent throughout. As they use two different animations to highlight the differences, Claymation for the Little Prince, and computer animation for the Little Girls. The social and political commentary throughout the film is handled phenomenally, as well as the timeless life lesson: what is essential in life is invisible to the eye.
The soundtrack of this film adds to the emotion of each scene, it doesn’t detract or drown out the power they hold. The music did this so well it was able to create a emotional atmosphere around the scenes that encapsulate throughout.
If it wasn’t obvious from before, I thoroughly enjoyed this film, however like most films, it has its drawbacks. The second half of The Little Prince just seem to drag on a little into a “run of mill kids” movie and almost feels like two completely different movies. Though it doesn’t take away from the spectacular first half, though it is without a doubt, noticeably less immersive and emotionally charged.
In the end The Little Prince electrifies with its beautiful animation, tearjerker dialogue, and heartwarming powerful message. The Little Prince is a beautifully animated, family friendly, and downright powerful adventure that remind us to not forget what it means to love.
Overall: A faithful adaption of the classic source material, that not only adds to the original, but dazzles with its visuals and outstanding story.
Rutgers Student studying Political Science & Government with a minor in Journalism who has an interest in the intersection of journalism and political movements.