HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
It’s 2017 and there are so many things to be excited about. I don’t know about you, but I sure am excited for the future.
Let me start off my first post by sharing my thoughts on my favorite animated movie that I watched last year (even though it was apparently released in 2015), THE LITTLE PRINCE.
First of all, this movie is too cute!! All the characters are lovable and most of all, the story has moral lessons all over. The animation is just top notch and simply mesmerizing. The first time I watched the trailer, I was dead set on watching out for it.
Prior to watching the movie, I must admit, I hadn’t read the book beforehand. In a way, it was great because everything was a surprise. I was a stranger to the whole storyline so I was in full attention while watching it. The Little Prince was so lovable and I wanted to actually meet such an innocent, kind-hearted soul.
The movie starts out with a little girl whose life is strictly planned out to the point that every hour of her summer is scheduled into a time table. Clearly, no child should be submitted to this kind of rigidity that they would lose the freedom to be just kids. The little girl, one day, meets her neighbor, an old man, who seems to have been an aviator in the past. He was clearly a man of adventure back in the old days and it could also be seen through his quirky house, the lone house in the whole neighborhood which had a distinct personality. The Aviator tells the Little Girl of the story about his encounter with the Little Prince in the Sahara desert back in the old days. From this point on, we hear the story of the Little Prince as written in the book (this I found out, after reading the book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).
I was never really introduced the story of The Little Prince when I was younger so imagine my surprise when I found out that this was such a classic story, normally given as a mandatory reading in schools. Obviously I thought it was a childish story but it definitely is not. It is a story both children and adults would surely appreciate and love. The philosophy behind it is advanced yet the storytelling is extremely basic to be understood even by children.
“The Little Prince” also touches on the concept of death which might sound a bit too dark for children but it is actually a good introduction for them. It was dealt with in such a way that might help children accept the fact that death is a natural concept and in the event that it occurs, the best way is to let go and move on. Sadness will always be a part of death but there is also the hope of peace and acceptance associated with it.
Here’s the trailer:
All in all, both the book and the movie were enjoyable in my opinion and it is something that should not be missed. It’s truly a classic that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults.
NinthMelody rating: BOOK – 9/10 | MOVIE – 9/10