When an overscheduled girl befriends an eccentric aviator, he regales her with tales about the adventures of an unusual boy who lives on an asteroid.
Director: Mark Osborne
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Rudd, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Albert Brooks, Paul Giamatti, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Foy, Riley Osborne
Information Page: https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/80057578
I’ve seen a lot of pushy parents in my life, I’ve also been accused of being one too (funny story – feel free to ask me about football club one day) but never to the degree in “The Little Prince”. Mother wants her Little Girl (we never learn their names) to go to the best school but Little Girl ultimately fails the entry test. So Mother, still insistent on Little Girl attending the school, moves house so she can go anyway.
Mother is rather pushy and has a minute by minute schedule set up for Little Girl in order to get up to scratch on her maths, science and literature for the new school. Little Girl seems to go along with this but we never really know whether she actually enjoys the learning schedule or if it’s just that she doesn’t know any different.
The film is 3D-styled CGI (akin to most other recent animated family films) and it is well animated. I recently had the misfortune of watching “Beyond Beyond” and, while it had a nice story, I couldn’t help being put off by the poorer quality of the animation. Anyway, I digress!
Mother and Little Girl’s new neighbour is rather eccentric and one day the propellor from his aeroplane, that he keeps in his garden, comes crashing through their wall… Like I said, their neigbour is a bit eccentric. Over time she ends up befriending the old man who tells her he was an Aviator who travelled the world. He also tells her a story of The Little Prince who lived on an asteroid not much bigger than himself.
This is where the visual style of the film takes an interesting turn. You see, “The Little Prince” is based on an old book that was illustrated in watercolour and, in the film, the Aviator is essentially telling the story of the book. For these parts the film switches to the style you see in the poster and the trailer – basically as though it’s made from folded, crumpled paper and it looks great.
Little Girl thinks it’s a silly story yet still becomes captivated and spends more and more time with the Aviator and letting her studying lapse. Mother isn’t pleased but when the Aviator becomes ill, Little Girl defies Mother goes on an adventure to find The Little Prince, knowing he is the only one who can save the Aviator.
Overall, “The Little Prince” is a very pleasant family film. It doesn’t get too bogged down in the sub-text; parents will understand the underlying theme of ‘let kids be kids’ but the younger ones will just see the excitement and adventure. I would agree with the Netflix guidance of it being suitable for ages 8 and over as there may not be enough going on to captivate younger viewers.
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