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From Mark Osborne comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who's being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live - only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator. The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince. It's here that The Little Girl's magical and emotional journey into her own imagination - and into the universe of The Little Prince - begins. And it's where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it's human connections that matter most, and that what's truly essential can only be seen with the heart. Written by
Thanks to the Mark Osborne's emotionally engaging pitch and the global popularity of Saint-Exupéry's book, a perfectly matched group of A-list actors were able to be recruited to lend their voices to the film's characters. As Osborne explained, it began with Jeff Bridges, he was the first and only choice to play the Aviator, so after a great deal of time trying to get to him, Osborne finally got the chance to go to his home in Santa Barbara to talk to him directly. Bridges was blown away by the pitch, and it really put them on the road to assembling the perfect cast. See more »
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The Little Girl:
[reading out loud]
Once upon a time there was little prince who lived on a planet that was scarcely bigger than himself.
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During the Paramount animation at the beginning of the movie, stars hanging from strings appear over the mountains. See more »
Compelling magical transformative hypnotic magical best animation ever
Animation is under-estimated, perhaps because we tend to be afraid of what we do not understand.
I have seen a lot of films, done a lot of reviews and thought I had seen it all.
I was wrong.
First, I had not read the book prior to seeing this film nor had I seen the earlier screen version.
No matter. I was transfixed and stunned. I was still sitting there when the final credits rolled, which is really a feat because the credits roll for 10 minutes after the word FIN (THE END) rolls. (If you miss the credits, you miss the TURN AROUND song which itself could be highlight of one of the most incredible music scores in one of the most incredible movies ever).
When computers were first being married to animation -- a marriage made in heaven I think -- I recall an interview with a senior animator who confided that when the day came that they could get the "eyes" right, they would have reached the pinnacle of their craft.
That day has arrived. This movie is the herald.
Watching the eyes in this film, I felt as though I was watching real people. Does that make me sound daft? I hope not. There is one scene where the little girl watches the Aviator go to the hospital in the rain. She is at the same time transfixed with sadness and soaking wet. The animation made both conditions "real" at the same time. I don't know how. But it did.
Jeff Bridges, a brilliant actor with a record longer than your arm, gives the "voice" performance of his career here, and Rachael McAdams, former Femme Fatale, former "against type" actress (TRUE DETECTIVE) ditto.
Running out of superlatives, something I seldom do, so I will stop here.
See it. Don't argue. Just see it.
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