The Little Prince is a book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, published in1943. I haven’t read it (yet!), but I’ve heard that it’s great. In any case, based on this trailer, I really want to see the movie. I’m always interested to see how films adapt the books they follow. In many cases, the results are disappoint. Yet sometimes the adaptations are impressive–either in their accuracy or in their original perspective/interpretation. When adaptations do succeed, I like exploring what sets them apart.
What I find unusual and exciting about this film is that it’s not a direct translation of the book. Rather, it’s a film about the book. So the original story is framed in this contemporary context, and we can enter the fantasy through the relatable characters.
The animation seems to play a key role in this. Scenes in the “real world” are depicted in familiar pixar-esque animations, while scenes from the book are differentiated through their paper-like quality (see the transition from 0:38- 0:58). It looks like it could be really effective strategy to illustrate that dynamic between fiction and fantasy. I also think it looks beautiful.
On a more humorous note, it’s funny how bizarrely familiar the sentiment from 1:18-1:29 sometimes seems… I think given the ages and relationships of the characters, it’s easy to see how absurd the mom’s suggestion is, but it’s also a nice reminder to make room in our schedules for the things that are important to us.