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The Little Prince

August 7, 2016

The Little Prince (2016)
Director: Mark Osborne
Actors: Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Riley Osborne

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Synopsis: An eccentric, ageing ex-airman (Jeff Bridges) befriends a repressed and lonely young girl (Mackenzie Foy) and recounts to her the story of the Little Prince.

Review: Unless The Little Prince is a sly anti-Pixar parable (which it isn’t) then this is further evidence of the unattractive industrialism and obsessive control tendencies at the heart of contemporary animation. The films are all too polished, too smarmy, too literate by half, and the smart techs who make them even know their animation lineage to ward against any accusation of a lack of heart and old-school craft.

Ironically, the film’s opening montage betrays its true ethos right away with a sequence gorging on all the mechanical hard edges and fine lines of the lifestyle invented by the lonely young girl’s control freak of a mum. And while one could argue aspects of the film are a refutation of this opening as the story of the Little Prince possesses more of a DIY, eccentric, colourful feel, it doesn’t negate the fact that these polar storylines are rhetorically complimentary.

How can anyone look at this film’s now-commonplace bulbous features of the Little Girl and her mother and tell me they’re more beautiful than traditional hand-drawn 2D animation? If the technicians who make these films are so obsessed by their conceits which mirror and affect real life, then why not just commission a live action feature instead? (August 2016)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tony Decristofaro permalink
    April 19, 2020 6:56 pm

    You have no taste in movies or storytelling whatsoever

    • August 11, 2020 1:09 am

      Agreed. Different styles of animations have their conventions. That this is ‘bulbous’ does not make it less stunning, and to “review” the movie with no analysis or appreciation of the story is a touch absurd.

  2. Ethan Major permalink
    November 23, 2020 5:14 am

    Did you even read the book?

  3. Camden permalink
    October 26, 2021 5:37 am

    You’re review is convoluted and pretentious. It’s a simple story with great character development, artistic choices, and engendered a sense of euphoric youthfulness. Don’t over analyze it too much.

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