Animation, Reviews

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Copyright © 2016 by Netflix

A mother (Rachel McAdams) and daughter (Mackenzie Foy) move into a new home to enlist the girl as a student of prominent Werth Academy. Her mother has scheduled a life plan that excludes leisure activities. When their neighbour, a retired aviator (Jeff Bridges) starts his airplane and its propeller damages their house, he tries befriending the girl with a story about ‘The Little Prince’. He met the boy (Riley Osborne) when he crash-landed his aircraft in the Sahara. Intrigued by the Aviator’s encounter, the Little Girl forsakes her daily routine to learn more about the prince.

We often find joy in children’s sprightly antics or listening them uttering in their own made-up language. In that brief moment, the weight of all our adult ‘problems’ are ostensibly lifted and the positivity which has long been concealed will resurface, reassuring us that nothing is ever doom or insurmountable. We see hope, aspirations and possibilities reflected in the twinkle of their eyes, the same principles adults tend to forget.

Grown-ups are bogged down by restrictions, whether self-imposed or unconsciously that escaping into an unworldly state is a reminder when things can really be pretty black and white. I am not implying the life of a workaholic (the choice of colours for the monotony in adulthood). Far from it. Our views become clearer when we embrace our once elapsed part of ourselves; you betcha, the formative years.

In any lifetime, being a child is the culmination of living (for me anyway). Why then would parents eagerly deprive the kid(s) of awe and elation? Mark Osborne’s reconstructed version has an answer for it: an overachieving and overbearing mom. Laced seamlessly with the original content from the adapted novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943, the result is buoyant, humourous and sentimental.

The stop-motion animation bits transport viewers into the author’s artistry boosted by finger-snapping tunes featuring vocalisations from Camille. Topping off the overdue royal treatment it deserves is the A-listers’ delivery; McAdams is affable as the pushy mother, Bridges is the quintessential of kooky, Paul Rudd is a hoot as Mr Prince and James Franco’s subtlety only etches the profundity of the book’s text even more.

Entirety: A-
Acting (Voice): A
Plot: A

Rated PG for mild thematic elements


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