By Natalie Krafft
On August 5th, Netflix premiered yet another original film, this one based off the book The Little Prince. Director Mark Osborne adds a modern touch to the story that is very needed in this dark world. This new release serves as a good reminder for all kids that they don’t have to grow up just yet.
The story follows a little girl who is being shoved into adulthood too fast by her workaholic mother. It’s not until the little girl meets her eccentric aviator neighbor does she learn to be a child, realizing that getting into Werth Academy isn’t the most important thing. Throughout the movie, the aviator tells stories about the Little Prince. When the aviator is in the hospital, she takes his plane and flies to find the Little Prince. However, when she gets there, she finds that the Little Prince is all grown up. She helps him remember what it was like being a little kid, and he eventually does remember after seeing the sunset (made from part sun and part of the dust remains of his rose that he loved). She goes back finally realizing that even if the aviator dies, he’ll always be with her.
I personally thought that the animation was really unique and well done. It does stick with typical 3D animation, but it also has a sort of paper mache vibe that’s at first awkward but then incredibly fascinating. The music, by Hans Zimmer and Camille (a French singer-songwriter), was great! Camille’s singing was really nice, especially considering that The Little Prince was originally written in French.
I thought the plot was really well done especially considering that they managed to blend two different time periods. They still keep the original plot of the book yet add more relatable moments. The blending of these two helps the viewer to understand the book even more, in a slightly different way. As a little child, it’s more of a cute story about a little boy on his own little asteroid having fun adventures and learning to love his rose. As an adult, it means that love will always be the most important thing. It’s about learning not to grow up too fast and that “it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” (The Little Prince).
The society you see the little girl seems like something out of a dystopian universe. Seemingly everything is square, grey, white, and minimalist, and no family appears to have more than one child, let alone a pet. There also appears to be this huge pressure to fit in and be the best; anything strange or different is almost seen as criminal, which was pretty creepy at first. However, they make it work, and, if anything, it helps enhance the plot by differentiating between an ‘adult world’ and the innocent kid’s world of the Little Prince.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film and would highly recommend watching it. It has unique animation, fantastic music, and an intriguing plot that pulls you in. If you like French music, special characters, or your favorite little kid’s book re-imagined, then this is the film for you.