Not only is the approach director Mark Osborne took in making The Little Prince incredibly clever, but he also managed to instigate the very same emotion as its print. There was not a perfect way to transfer this timeless story as it was written to the big screen, it might have been too abstract and confusing. Trying to look at this from the perspective of someone who has not read the book, The Little Prince as is could have seemed incomplete, without a conclusion for the crowd to ponder on. Osborne managed to add to the story in a way that, maybe wasn’t as inspiring as Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s writing, but it was wonderful enough to bring to a nice conclusion such an unforgettable story.
The animation is gorgeous and mesmerizing, the contrast between ‘real life’ and the pages of the book is clear and smart, and it is something especially exciting about seeing the drawings from the book still intact. It is extremely simple to grasp the concept of going back and forth between the story and those reading it and so, you fall in love with two stories, the girl’s and the little prince’s. As a result, the plot is brilliant. We basically see a little girl discover the story of The Little Prince and change because of it. It is a story within a story, and somehow, it works.
The Little Prince might not be the same story you read in the book, word by word. But it sparks the same sentiment and achieves the same goal. The Little Prince is a beautifully animated movie brought to life through the simple art of storytelling, almost as if one was reading the book.
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