First off, we all know that The Little Prince was a book written in 1943 by Frenchman Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, right? Just making sure that we all know that incredibly important information.Secondly, this film was originally supposed to have a March 18th release, but then (very quietly) Paramount Pictures pulled it from their roster one week before its nationwide release.
With. No. Explanation.
But whatev’s. It’s on Netflix now. So, that makes me very happy!
Anyways…on with the…
This is exactly how I feel about this movie! It’s so delightful and heartwarming! Mmmm. The feels. The FEELS!
Disclaimer: do not attempt to watch this movie without a box of tissues close at hand.
The voice actors in this were nearly PERFECT! I loved the performances, with the exception of Paul Rudd. Now don’t get me wrong…I love Paul Rudd! But he was a little too Paul Rudd, if you catch what I’m saying. That aside, I particularly loved the sound of James Franco as the fox.So good!
Ok, if you’ve been a faithful reader of my blogs/vlogs then you’ll know that I’m a MASSIVE stop-motion animation fan! I love it! I’d eat it up with a spoon if that were even possible! And this film is so creatively delightful in that regard! It blends so well stop-motion animation with 3D computer animation. It’s just lovely!
The only critique I have in this category is an articitic decision that was made towards the end (don’t worry – no spoilers) to go from what you thought was going to be stop-motion animation to a 3D animation. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it for yourself. To me, it felt a little indulgent. It just didn’t play well in my opinion, and I didn’t like it much.
But that vague critique aside…loved it!
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read The Little Prince, so there’s quite a bit that I’d forgotten. But needless to say, I was a little concerned with how this adaptation was going to turn out. Not all classic children’s books make for good movies. But thank heavens this one did!
I was worried that the inclusion of the mother & daughter characters might distract from the story, but it turns out that the one feeds into the other. So that was nice!Plus, I was surprised that the movie was told from a Princess Bride kind of perspective. It worked quite well!
The only thing that didn’t work quite so well for me was (again) the ending. So, without giving anything away I’ll just say that Paul Rudd’s character (and story) left much to be desired. That whole sequence, while entertaining and poinient, felt very “tacked on”. Actually, it felt like Pixar was hired to work on that whole sequence.
I mean, it worked. And it worked quite well! But it kind of disrupted the flow of the film, and took the story in a very different direction. And while it was saying something important and heartwarming, it still seemed a little, “uhhhhhh…why is this happening, exactly???”
Also, there’s a scene where the little girl gets in the car with the old man from next door. There was just something about this scene that didn’t sit well with me, and it’s mostly coming from the fact that the little girl’s mother doesn’t know that her daughter is hanging out with the seemingly creepy old man from next door.
I guess that it’s one thing for the little girl to sneak over to the old man’s house to listen to him tell stories, and watch him work on his backyard airplane, and such…but it’s an entirely different thing when that same little girl gets in the car with an adult that she “trusts”, without A) concent from her own parent, and B) the mother’s knowledge of her daughter making friends with the strange old man from next door in the first place.Idk, I just kept thinking “what if I had a daughter of my own and she hopped in the car with the strange man from next door without my knowledge?” I’d flip out!
So yeah. Kids, if you’re reading this…ALWAYS tell your parents where you’re going, and with whom you’re going with. ALWAYS! No exceptions!
That being said, the movie as a whole totally works and is FULL of emotions! Even that ending bit that feels “tacked on” is beautiful and very meaningful; full of messages and inspiration! I’d just ditch the scene where she gets in the car with the old man. That’s all.
FunYeah. It’s a fun movie with a very high rewatchability factor! You can watch it as a child and love it, you can watch it as an adult and love it, and can watch it with your kids, and you can watch it with your parents, you can watch it your friends…you can pretty much watch this film anytime! It just holds your attention, and there is so much to glean from this movie that it won’t get old any time soon!
Overall Take Away
Oh man…there’s so much this movie is saying, specifically about allowing yourself to grow up.
That’s always kind of been a huge part of my life! Years ago, when I realized that I was getting older and recognized that some of my friends were no longer playing with toys, I made a promise to myself that I’d never stop playing [with toys]; that I’d never stop playing make believe; that I’d never stop using my imagination; that I’d never allow myself to grow up.But of course, life has a way of forcing you be an adult, which is fine. It’s normal and healthy. Being an adult means that you have additional responsibilities. But it doesn’t mean that you need (or should) let go of that childlike amazement, wonder, imagination, and creativity!And that’s what this film is saying! It’s ok to grow up. But even as you grow up, don’t be so focused on the future that you forget to live for today!
And it’s this message that I strive to achieve each and every day!
With a near perfect score of 92/100, The Little Prince gets one of the highest rated scores on GLTM to date: a 4.6!
So what did YOU think of Lè Petit Prince? Love it? Hate it? Somewhere in between? Let me know in the comments below!
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