Review: The Little Prince (2015) – or – Learn an uncomfortable lesson

The Little Prince reviewCanadian fans are finally getting lucky when it comes to the film industry, as it seems that Paramount has dropped The Little Prince from release in American theatres on March 18, 2016. That’s a real shame because this is easily one of the most moving animated films ever created. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why they’re so quick to forget it, something they should know better if they had bothered to pay attention to the movie. Thankfully Canadian fans can go out and watch this movie right now, which is exactly what everybody should be doing.

The film follows a very grown up little girl (simply known as The Little Girl and voiced by Mackenzie Foy) whose mother (Rachel McAdams) has planned out her life for her. The Little Girl wants to be the best adult she can be and is getting ready to enter a prestigious school after they move within the school district. As her summer vacation begins and The Little Girl starts studying for the coming school year, her new neighbour, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges), tosses a paper airplane in her window with part of a story about a Little Prince. The Little Girl can’t resist and finds herself giving up her studies to spend time with The Aviator, learning all about the Little Prince and some lessons that can’t be planned out for her by her mother.

Perhaps the problem with The Little Prince is that it’s hard to identify who the perfect market for it is. There are some very heavy themes in the film and depending on how you look at it, it can be read as a guide to accepting death. Perhaps that’s just my darker nature though! While younger kids may enjoy the imaginative adventures of The Little Girl, adults are the ones who will really gain the most from this film and that’s something that almost never happens. In fact, I can’t really recall another animated film where that ever happened.

The Little Girl starts out almost grown up, despite the fact that she’s got a lot more time before she actually gets there. The movie isn’t just about her figuring out how to be a kid again and making sure she has a great childhood though. It’s really about her finding out how to be a complete adult. I like to think that she grows up and down in the film, recapturing her imagination while also understanding how important that is on the road to becoming an adult.

Personally, I felt a lot of the film was gearing up to explain dealing with death. The story of the Little Prince is filled with moments of him leaving something behind and the fact that The Aviator is quite old doesn’t make you feel great about where things can end up. There’s also a very strong point made about remembering and looking at things with your heart so that you can see what isn’t there. If that’s not setting things up to show us how those we love are never really gone, I don’t know what is.

That’s one of the reasons why I feel like adults will get more out of The Little Prince than the kids. The beautiful animation, combining CG and stop-motion along with a few scenes of 2D paper images, is stunning. The 3D also stands out brilliantly in some moments, which is a welcome change from the pointless use of the technology that we normally get. Here, it’s worth the extra money. Kids will love how it looks and enjoy the fun adventure that The Little Girl gets into, and it’s nice that it’s a little girl as well, but this is one that you should check out even if you don’t have a small child to bring with you.

Is The Little Prince Worth Watching?

Absolutely. It’s stunning to look at and has some beautiful messages within. The kids may have some big questions after the movie, but it basically hands you all the answers perfectly and you’ll leave feeling as if you’ve learned an important lesson as well.

The Little Prince Trailer

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