Parents' Guide to

The Little Prince

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Animated take on classic tale is sweet but restrained.

Movie PG 2016 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 5+

Beautiful story, lush production

I feel like I watched a different film compared to other reviewers here. The film is intense, philosophically dense, thoughtful, poetic... But there are layers to it. Younger children won't see the darker messages. Older children actually might be aware enough to notice, but it's a sad world when we would let kids watch violent and shallow superhero films but get uncomfortable with a film that challenges rigid thinking and institutions! It is a flight of fancy and deserves a warch. Everything from the music to the voice acting is top notch. Something to keep in mind is that the basic story has a French origin and it is to be expected that there is a deeper range of emotions involved in the film than we are used to in English-speaking countries. Open your mind and heart and your child will benefit
age 7+

I walked in the theater completely blind. I was really disappointed when leaving it.

First of all, this is completely family friendly. Nothing bad about it. My friends and I went to watch it and none of us understood most of it. Also, the girl literally FLED from home and left her mom just to see her very old neighbor she barely knew. Also, she tried moving in with him. Isn't it illegal to move in with a non-family member without a guardian's permission..?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (19 ):

The Little Prince isn't ineffective -- in fact, it's quite moving; it's just not as awe-inspiring as it could have been. And that's at least somewhat because it isn't exactly like the iconic book, though the themes are very similar. The movie is mostly about the Girl and what she learns from the Aviator, which is a shift from the book (it's more about what the Aviator learns from the Little Prince). It offers the same basic message, just told in a very different way, which may very well influence how audiences receive the film.

The parts that stick closely to the text will fee magical and otherworldly, thanks to the animation. (And, of course, the source.) But the sections that were added to frame the story -- especially the third act -- are fairly predictable (though enjoyable) and are a departure from the book's tone. The resulting juxtaposition proves somewhat unsettling: The depth of the source material is diluted by the too-straightforward (and somewhat jarring) additions.

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