So Netflix UK released The Little Prince and as a sucker for a good animated film, of course, I had to watch it immediately. The Little Prince is based on the children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Having never read the book, I went into the film blind, knowing practically nothing about the story having only seen the trailer which I didn’t find hindering to my experience at all.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. This was one of the most visually pleasing films I’ve ever seen (at least in terms of animated film). The film uses a mixture of animation styles the 3D computer generated animation style we’ve become most familiar to in recent cinema history. However, the parts of the film in which the aviator is telling the young girl the story of The Little Prince is animated in a stop motion style which allows the director to bring to life illustrations similar to those in the book keeping the feel of the original story perfectly. (Which I have since looked up in preparation for this post.)
Narratively, the film adaptation adds a character of a young girl who lives quite a mature life for her age, filled with regimens and schedules, until she meets the aviator (who narrates the story in the book) who has grown old and is quite eccentric in his old age, the girls develops a friendship with the girl and tells her the story of The Little Prince. I felt framing the original books narrative within the narrative of this little girl allowed the story to be really compelling as it allowed us as viewers to visually see the effect teaching the morals within the story may have on a child, which is really beautiful to watch.
That gives me the perfect segway to talk about the film thematically, possibly my favorite part of the film. The book and therefore the film is filled with a wealth of themes and morals to learn but, put simply, the story is about growing up and we should not fear growing up but rather forgetting what it was like to be a child, a moral which is perfectly personified through the character of the elderly aviator. The film is also successful in teaching all the other morals which the little prince learns from each adult he encounters in the book, my personal favourite being the fox. But I’ll let you discover some of these on your own, otherwise, this blog post would be super long.
So basically, in conclusion, I absolutely loved this film and would highly recommend checking it out. It is visually stunning and carries more beautiful meanings than I could even fathom a film aimed at children would. I would especially recommend this film if you’ve been having a rough time lately as it definitely boosts morale! I hope you enjoyed this sort of review (more just my thoughts really) and I’d be really interested in hearing what you thought if you’ve watched the film! Or have you read the book? Who’s your favourite character? I’ll no doubt be back posting more thoughts on films soon.
Thanks for reading,