The Little Prince Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Little Prince by Richard Harvey & Hans Zimmer.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 76.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 6.95
Album Excellence: 13%
The Little Prince AKA Le Petit Prince is a French computer-animated fantasy film directed by Mark Osborne and starring Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Andre Dussolier. For the English version you have the voice talent of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais and Paul Giamatti. The story is based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. The story centers on a fearless and curious child prodigy (Mackenzie Foy) who lives with her controlling mother (Rachel McAdams). After moving into a new neighborhood, the girl meets her next door neighbor “The Aviator” (Jeff Bridges), an old yet eccentric and mischievous man. Soon, she discovers the story of The Little Prince, a story of a pilot who crashes in a desert where he meets the titular boy from a distant planet, a story that brings the girl and the Aviator together on an extraordinary adventure.
It’s fun to see Zimmer in animation mode again while we wait for Kung Fu Panda 3. Richard Harvey worked on The Lion King, Madagascar 2 and a bunch of other Zimmer projects. The score opens with ‘Preparation’, a piece that starts with some subtle singing, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of score. The music sounds a bit like slow magic with piano and woodwinds. I was thinking Desplat when I heard that opening. The theme is not properly fleshed out, but you can hear it on flute in the second half. A fun opening cue. Next up is ‘Life Plan’, a light and pacy intro cue, good but nothing too fancy. ‘Driving’ is more of the same and I am wondering when this score will finally wake up. It’s fun, but nothing has wowed me so far.
I guess you can say I got a little bored too fast and that feeling stuck with me. I didn’t wake up before the swirling violin parts in ‘Ascending’ and ‘Parachutes’, but from that point on the score gets more interesting. ‘Draw Me A Sheep’ is a real highlight with some lovely choral music and minimalistic beauty. The interest doesn’t last though and it quickly goes back to the same track as before and that’s one track I’d rather avoid. It’s not to hard to put the finger at what’s wrong with the music from my point of view. It’s enjoyable at times, but mostly it’s just background music without anything jumping at me, craving my attention. It plays and plays and I don’t remember any of it. It works, but that’s about it. Cues like ‘Escape’ is exactly what there should be more of. That’s exciting and has a nice theme. I could listen to cues like that for a long time and be entertained. So it’s a bit disappointing in the end, specially since I’ve talked with people who enjoyed it a lot. What do you think of the score?
14. Draw Me A Sheep