The Little Prince, 2015
There is a lot about this movie for me to love. The Little Prince is one of my favorite books of all time since my childhood and more importantly, it got me through the puberty while growing up in Korea. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has enough lessons, beauty and melancholy, not to mention the illustration to awe so many people like myself.
When I saw this film, I just couldn't get enough of the stop motion part of the movie. It was so stunning and it presented the iconic book in most suited medium I can think of in paper puppet animation. This movie inspired me to dip my toes into stop motion animation, get Dragonframe software which still to this date I think is the best written software for animation, and eventually get me to USC MFA animation program.
I of course was totally blown away to find out that Jamie Caliri, one of the founders of Dragonframe, was part of the creative team that created the stop motion part of the movie. Also, I had a pleasure of attending a seminar with Mark Osborne who directed the movie. Hearing his passionate stories about how this movie came about (which took over a decade in making), made me fall in love with it that much more.
This movie inspired me so much that I did my very first movie I made at USC, Wild Turkey, all in paper stop motion animation.