by Amory Thomas / Editor in Chief
Netflix’s “The Little Prince” debuted back in August, which surprisingly, hasn’t gotten much more attention since. I finally had the chance to sit down and watch this LAIKI/ Pixar-esque film and did not regret it.
Though the movie is an updated remembrance of the 1943 French children’s novella, director Mike Osborne did a wonderful job reinventing the story line for a newer audience.
The movie centers on a nameless Little Girl who doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. The film makes it a point to show that those who are attached to their jobs (such as the girl’s mother) do not live their lives – instead, they are enslaved in pointless jobs, never experiencing connections or emotions.
These people are the “grownups” that the girl’s friend, the eccentric Aviator warns about – with all the adults that are both in the Little Girl’s life, as well as the Little Prince’s life, they do nothing but hurt or disappoint them. Yet, the Aviator remembers his youth, and therefore, shows them in different ways that growing up isn’t as scary as they thought.
The introduction of the Little Girl is essential in understanding the audience and theme of the movie. Adults, who remember reading the story when they were kids, are most likely middle aged, though many who read the book who are teenagers now, can still connect. Younger audiences can connect to the Little Girl, who is afraid of growing up, while older audiences can remember being like the Little Girl, giving them inspection into their own lives.
To understand the plot more in depth, we have to look at each of the side characters. As already discussed, the Aviator is a grownup who never forgot his past, which resulted in him being able to live his life, and not sit by idly.
The Little Girl’s mother is the exact opposite of the Aviator. She has concocted this over the top life plan for her daughter, in order for her to get into a prestigious school, in order to get a wonderful job in the future. In order for her daughter to succeed, the mother goes to far lengths, such as restricting her ability to make friends, assigning her complex and overbearing study assignments throughout the day, and essentially treating her as an adult, rather than like a child. The mother is a product of someone who is disillusioned to what’s important in life – she cannot maintain any connections (her ex-husband, for example).
One friend that both the Little Girl and the Little Prince share is the Fox. Though the Little Girl simply has him as a stuffed animal, he was a true friend to the Little Prince during his travels.
Instead of ‘owning’ the Fox as a pet, the Fox says that he may tame him, become his friend, and therefore “to me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world,” as it says in the film.
The friendship between the Fox and the Little Prince isn’t spectacular or bizarre in any way – they simply find things about each other that make each other unique to them, which is the definition of what friendship is. The Fox represents the different friends that you make in life, and why it’s important to keep these ties.
The next side character, the Rose, is essential to understanding the movie. In the very beginning, the Little Prince leaves his Asteroid planet
because this beautiful plant he found, a rose, is starting to annoy him. She keeps asking for attention and over-the-top care, and though the Rose and the Little Prince love each other, he leaves because he can’t handle her anymore.
The Rose, in this scenario, is a representation of life. She is beautiful and miraculous, but very difficult. After the Little Prince travels to many different planets to find himself, he learns from the Fox why he should go home to his Rose. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important,” the Fox says. The Rose is just like any other rose, but in the Little Prince’s case, it’s his Rose, and he shouldn’t give up on her.
Finally, the Little Prince is the biggest parallel to the Little Girl, in which we see how she may end up. The Little Prince, we find out, has been stranded on a corporate-run planet, never making it home to his Rose. We see in one flashback that the Little Prince bartered his life to a snake while on earth in order to make it home – but he never made it.
The Little Prince grows up to become Mr. Prince and forgot about his Asteroid, his adventures, the Aviator and his Rose. The Little Girl meets Mr. Prince in a desperate attempt to validity everything that the Aviator has told her and together they escape the corporate planet, and set the stars that have been captured free.
But when the Little Prince makes it back to his Asteroid, his Rose is dead. The Little Prince left his Rose, gave his existence to come back, only to find that there’s nothing left but death and destruction.
“The Little Prince” is a movie that will make you sob, in realization of life and what it means to live. The Fox, the Aviator and the Rose are all people that each of us have, which make up our lives and are unique to us. With themes of what it means to grow up, what it means to live life and value something, this movie opens your mind to what everything truly means.