Movie vs. Book: The Little Prince

October 30, 2016 Books, Just for Fun, Movies, Movies v Books 8

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It’s been nearly a year since I read The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), and it feels like I’ve been waiting for AGES to have a chance to watch the new animated film based on this book. It came out in France first, then took about a little over a year to be available in the US. It’s on Netflix though, so I didn’t even have to leave the house to see it (hashtag introvert heaven).

The book itself is pretty slim and exceedingly allegorical and a bit abstract. This film expands on that. The primary storyline (done in computer animation) is about a young girl who is struggling with the world’s expectations and her eccentric old neighbor who has a broken-down plane to repair and an important story to share. The book’s original story is interwoven through their experiences/adventures in the form of truly lovely stop-motion animation accomplished mainly with impressively detailed paper figures.

I am SO GLAD that I got the chance to watch this. It’s always a huge undertaking to try to turn a beloved classic into a good movie, and it’s got to be especially difficult with a book like Le Petit Prince. I think this movie accomplishes the task perfectly. Got Netflix? Get your eyeballs on this one right now!

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8 Responses to “Movie vs. Book: The Little Prince

  1. Jenni Elyse

    I read The Little Prince (in English) for the first time a couple of years ago. Symbolism and allegory are often lost on me due to having Asperger’s Syndrome, so I know I missed a lot and would like to read it with someone who could explain the symbolism and allegory. Maybe the movie would help since it’s more visual. I did like the book, but I think I’d like it a lot more if I understood it better.

    • Louise

      The movie would be a great choice for you! Despite it’s physical thinness, The Little Prince is not a particularly easy book for anyone to fully “get” so it totally makes sense that you had some trouble with it. I think the movie does a great job with kind of expanding on the book while remaining true to the original story/meaning.

  2. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Stop motion animation is so lovely and strange — what a weird thing for humans to think of to do! I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie. It’s looked brilliant ever since the trailer stage, and it’s great that Netflix has it available.

    • Louise

      The stop motion animation, being “lovely and strange” as you fantastically put it, is the perfect choice for the book-based scenes. I hope you get a chance to watch it soon.

  3. Aylee

    I can’t believe I still haven’t read this classic yet! It’s most excellent to hear that the film adaptation did a good job of it though.

  4. Rachel

    Good to know you liked it. I haven’t been Netflixing much lately, but maybe I’ll find the time to check it out. I found out recently that my librarian boyfriend hasn’t even heard of this book. How is that possible?

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