December 21, 2016 -- I did some research on the story of “The Little Prince,” written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1942, since I had not read the story prior to seeing the movie. It looks like the story was modified for this movie, but the basic story is preserved.
This film, directed by Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”) is multi-layered, with a story about the writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a story about the Aviator (also Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) the story of the Little Prince, and a story about a young, modern day girl, who becomes friends with the aviator who wrote the story of the Little Prince. The aviator lives next door to the girl.
The girl has a mother who wants to organize her activities down to the minute in an elaborate “Life Plan.” With the encouragement of the Aviator, she rebels against this strict plan and uses play time to develop her imagination, and to have fun. The Aviator, who is elderly, still has a childlike imagination and sense of fun and adventure. He tells her the story of the Little Prince.
The Little Prince, who visits the Aviator in the Sahara Desert, came to earth from a very small planet, asteroid 325. On this tiny world, the Little Prince cares for a rose. In order to get back to his beloved rose from the planet earth, however, he must die. This story is told with images similar to those originally drawn by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for the book. The rest of the story is displayed using more modern computer animation.
Eventually, the girl's mother finds out what her daughter has been up to, and forbids her to see the Aviator. The girl also grows angry with the Aviator when he tells her that he is going to leave. She doesn't realize at first that the Aviator is talking about his own death.
When the Aviator falls ill and is taken to the hospital, the girl understands what is going on and does her best to visit him and make him feel better. This leads to another fanciful adventure where she tries to locate the Little Prince himself. This involves the girl flying an airplane, along with her pet fox, who visit another planet.
The point of this anti-materialistic story is that “One sees clearly only with the heart.” The idea is that adults forget their own childhood, along with the ability to fully enjoying beauty, friendship and love. In this story, the girl and her mother are able to rediscover these things with the aid of the Aviator and his story of the Little Prince.
This is an affecting, heartfelt story, cleverly drawn and organized. This film rates a B.
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