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|Originaltitel:||The little Prince|
|Genre:||Children's Movie, Adventure, Animation|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 106 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
In order to be admitted to an elite school, a little girl moves with her mother to a noble new housing estate. That they can afford a house here at all is due to their new neighbor. He's a weird old geezer who nobody else wants to live next to. The little girl, too, is not quite comfortable with the old plane, which keeps trying to take off its run-down plane in the garden. But then one day she gets to know him better and learns through his stories and records of a very special adventure that he experienced as a young man. At that time he had to make an emergency landing in the desert and met the little prince there, a strange boy from a distant planet. This meeting never let go of the plane again. He's dying to return to find the little prince. And that's what the little girl wants to help him with - not knowing what kind of adventure she will start with…
"The Little Prince" is one of those animated films that run the risk of drowning completely in the masses of other animated films for a young target group. The marketing, which has already been cut back very much anyway, seems to concentrate primarily on the fact that two of the characters are spoken in the German version by Til Schweiger and Matthias Schweighöfer. This may be reason enough for a few viewers to buy a cinema ticket for the film. But it is - without wanting to offend the two actors - the least attractive argument in favour of the film. For there are completely different aspects that make this work enchanting and absolutely worth seeing for the whole family.
The makers of this interpretation of the enchanting story of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry have found a very beautiful way to tell the well-known story completely new. All that is known from the book is indeed contained here. But it is complemented by a new framework story, which itself is incredibly imaginative and lovingly worked out and which takes up and interprets some aspects of the story in its very own way. It is a story that encourages every viewer to live their dreams, never forget their inner child and break out of any form of oppression.
The new story alone would make the film worth watching. Worth seeing, but not very special. This is achieved by using two completely different animation techniques for the two different storylines. The story about the little girl and the old plane shines in a contemporary 3D computer animation look. The story of the little prince himself, on the other hand, was created using the classic stop-motion method, with most things - apart from the faces of the figures - being made of paper. This is to pay tribute to the illustrations in the book. It's fascinating that something much more charming, imaginative and magical can be created with a material like paper than with modern computer technology.
What doesn't mean that the 3D animations are cold and soulless. Also here the makers have proved a good feeling for lovable characters (the cloth fox is sweet to kneel down) and imaginative pictures. Nevertheless, it is the stop-motion sequences that leave a lasting impression.
"The Little Prince" is also in this new interpretation an enchanting fairy tale for children, in which one can also completely lose oneself as an adult. A touching, but also exciting and amusing film that all lovers of enchanting animated films should not miss. Worth seeing!
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