This is a beautiful animated movie with thoughtful messages on our world and society. The Prince's Voyage is a story told as much through lush, subtle, and intricate animation as it is through dialogue and action. It's enjoyable not only because it's a wholly unique take on the "stranger in a strange land" story, but also because it explores so many themes relevant to our world and society, everything from our relationship with nature, with each other, curiosity and empathy versus willful ignorance and xenophobia, among others. These themes and messages are presented in a way that works with and not against the story -- it doesn't feel forced or preachy.
This is a sequel of sorts to the 1999 animated film A Monkey's Tale, as both are from the same fantastical world, but The Prince's Voyage can be enjoyed on its own terms. While often solemn and serious, there's still a spirit of playfulness in the animation, as well as some humor to balance it out. It has all the makings of a modern classic -- something that will be enjoyed for decades and generations to come. The style, substance, story, themes, characters, acting, and music work together in perfect harmony. It's a fantastic movie, and for tweens and teens who are starting to comprehend the headier themes that can be conveyed through story and film, The Prince's Voyage will surely be an inspiration.