I first read The Little Prince while I worked in the bookstore, and I fell in love with it immediately.
The story is a beautiful allegory for life, and an imaginative, philosophical fable for children. The film could have been the entire book, but they created another story, to better relate to the audience of today. A little girl and her mother move to a new neighborhood, and they have a life plan for the little girl's life, down to the minute. Things go awry when a paper airplane flies through the little girl's window from their creative and disorganized neighbor. The little girl picks up the paper airplane, unfolds it, and reads the story of The Little Prince. From there, she begins to wonder, learn and grow beyond the tight schedule that she believes she must follow.
As she learns the tale of the Little Prince, she discovers a new perspective that values beauty, wonder and imagination.
The Little Prince's story is a symbolic and classic tale with many wonderful observations about life, how we live it, and what truly matters. If you haven't read the book, please do. There is a reason the book is a classic, and no matter what age you read it, the story has something for everyone.
The story of the film does the original tale justice. The wonderful lessons that the aviator teaches the little girl are so important to learn at any age.