The animation in this film has two styles as the viewer is introduced to two different stories. One style reminds us of the neat and clean Pixar-esque imagery that we have seen in past animated films. The other style is more of a textured figure style that reminds us of older animation and often claymations. The two styles work extremely well together, creating two worlds for children and adults to enjoy. This work of art is very different from Mark Osborne's (Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) past filmography, but maintains his respectability as an inventive animation director.
The storyline in The Little Prince is brilliantly created through two perspectives. Duality constantly arises in the film to portray grown-ups and children in different manners. Children are creative, hopeful, and outstanding from the crowd of boring, overly-mature adults. Irena Brignull (The Boxtrolls) and Bob Persichetti (Shrek 2) bring Antoine de Saint-Exupery's (Night Flight) novel to the screen in a daring journey of fate. Personally I have not read the novel, but even if the film does not follow the storyline exactly it is a well written screenplay. The Little Prince is all about standing up for hope in the world and refusing to get stuck in boring old routines as we age. I call the storytelling knowledgeable because it creates the two worlds in a mature, but fun process for the viewer to enjoy. The film's technical aspects reflect the story that it tells.
The Bottom Line: Sheer messiness and organization combine to bring Saint-Exupery's epic tale to the big screen.
Image credit: By Arnaud Malon from Paris, France - DSCF0268.JPG, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3975508