The Little Prince
I watched The Little Prince on Netflix and I can’t recommend it strongly enough. (Bearing in mind that I took Spanish instead of French in high school and thus never read Le Petit Prince and so I have no attachment to the source material at all.)
- It was visually gorgeous. The “real world” parts of the story were beautifully rendered, and then they topped that by animating the “little prince” story in a style that looked like it was all made out of paper.
- The voice acting was stellar. The cast included Jeff Bridges, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, and another dozen people I guarantee you’ve heard of.
- It was emotionally involving and engrossing, drawing a comparison between the modern world’s idea of what is “essential” and the idea that “what is essential is invisible to the eye”. They could not have gotten a film more than about 10 or 15 minutes long by simply animating the Little Prince’s journey, so they showed it to us instead of reading it to us and oh, it worked. (It scored a “blankie and plushie” level hit to the feels, too, without feeling manipulative about it.) A lot of it reminded me of the old-school Changeling: The Dreaming RPG and the theme of the conformity demanded by the modern world wearing away one’s inner child.
- I need to watch it again for a better analysis of the symbolism and metaphor and other forms of silent storytelling, but it was full of it. If that’s part of how you enjoy film I think you’ll be rewarded.
In short: two thumbs up, go watch it, you don’t need to be one of those people whose life was forever altered by reading the book to enjoy and appreciate the movie.