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With: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Paul Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Albert Brooks, Mackenzie Foy (English voices)
Written by: Irena Brignull, Bob Persichetti, based on a book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Directed by: Mark Osborne
MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements
Running Time: 108
Date: 08/05/2016
IMDB

The Little Prince (2016)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Best Laid Planets

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Given that it's based on one of the most popular books of all time (Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 1943 novella), fans may rule that Mark Osborne's movie version of The Little Prince (2016) is somewhere between an insult and a disaster. But taken on its own, it's a wonderfully creative, soul-soothing work. After screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, it was successfully released overseas, but a U.S. release somehow never happened. Now Netflix has picked up the ball, and it can be seen at last (at least in its English-dubbed version).

In this movie, we meet "the aviator" as an old man (voiced by Jeff Bridges). He once encountered the Little Prince and now tries to tell his story to a modern-day little girl (voiced by Mackenzie Foy). The girl's mother (voiced by Rachel McAdams) only wishes for her to get into a good school; things like friends, stories, and imagination are unworthy of her time. Eventually she goes on her own journey. This storyline is computer-animated, while the classic "Little Prince" material is stop-motion animated. The focus is more on storytelling and joyous images than it is on noise and flash, and it's a standout for families as well as movie buffs. The voice cast also features Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Paul Giamatti, and Albert Brooks.

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