Le Petit Prince
Animation | Fantasy
English Voice Cast
Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Riley Osborne, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Bud Cort, Albert Brooks, Ricky Gervais, Jacquie Barnbrook, Marcel Bridges, Jeffy Branion
A little girl (Mackenzie Foy) lives in a very grown-up world with her mother (Rachel McAdams), who tries to make sure she is prepared for it, only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges), who introduces her to an extraordinary world where anything is possible.
I wasn't much of a reader when I was a kid, so I never read the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince". I've heard of it though. It's a well-known classic literature, after all. I've also heard a lot of positive things about this film that opened in my country about a week ago, and I told myself this should have been my first approach to the story. Well, after seeing this heartwarming, emotional and inspiring film, I do not regret it at all. It actually made me want to read the book.
There are a lot of animation films with a message aimed at children. The Little Prince is one of the few that addresses issues such as detachment, life and death through a stunning animation, a great story and characters depth.
The great ability of Mark Osborne, director of "Kung Fu Panda", is turning this commercial film supposedly for kids into a stunning motion picture capable of making also a grown-up audience think.
Even though I did not read the book, it's pretty obvious the screenwriters added a small parallel contemporary story. The girl protagonist of this modern tale lives in a cold, schematic and competitive world, headed by her super-efficient mother that leaves no room to affection and imagination. Then, of course, there is the most important story, that of the same little girl and an old man who will teach her to enjoy life, and to let go.
The pace of narration is a bit rushed in the beginning, but then it is just perfect after the character of The Aviator is introduced, and the 108 minutes just fly by - including the closing credits that must be seen.
The animation is stunning, and the combination of CGI and stop-motion works perfectly, placing some sort of barrier between reality and fantasy.
The voice acting is quite well done. Mackenzie Foy does a good job in the leading role of The Little Girl. Jeff Bridges gives a brilliant performance as The Aviator. Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort and Albert Brooks also do a good job.
It is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. - The Little Prince