(L_R): Kalo Moss as Gabriel and Ching Yin Ryan Hu as Rob in Disney’s “LAUNCHPAD” Season One short, “THE LITTLE PRINCE(SS),” Written and Directed by Moxie Peng. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Gender stereotypes are quite interesting. For example, who belongs in the kitchen? Men or women? Does this change if it’s a household or a fine dining restaurant? Shouldn’t it just be whoever can cook? What about activities like ballet? Don’t you need both guys and gals for some stories? Or colors because even though I am a guy, I love the color pink. It would seem that in most cases, deep-rooted cultural ideals are to blame for the way we think of what is right for what gender. It is only in the last few years that we have seen a new generation that is more willing to accept that we are not limited by what we identify ourselves as.
As part of the fantastic Disney Launchpad initiative on Disney+, we are treated with a film that takes on this theme of gender roles. The film is titled, The Little Prince(ss), by Moxie Peng. We follow the story of two seven-year-old Chinese kids. Gabriel is a typical 7-year-old boy that loves ballet. He makes friends with Rob who doesn’t find anything wrong with his passions. Unfortunately, Rob’s father doesn’t feel the same way.
I found The Little Prince(ss) to be a very beautiful story that I was able to share with my daughter. What I love the most about it is that the film doesn’t come off being preachy or trying to pound you with a specific point. What it does is show us a story about something that our filmmaker, Peng went through in real life. Discovering their story allows us to formulate our own opinions and also can initiate a conversation.
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Here is the synopsis for The Little Prince(ss)
When Gabriel, a 7-year-old Chinese kid who loves ballet, becomes friends with Rob, another Chinese kid from school, Rob’s dad gets suspicious about Gabriel’s feminine behavior and decides to intervene.
With the release of The Little Prince(ss) on Disney’s Launchpad via Disney+, Emmanuel Gomez talked with filmmaker Moxie Peng. They tell us about their film and the real-life backstory that they went through. We also talk about their excitement in being included in the first wave of films with the theme of discovery. It’s a delightful conversation that you can check out down below!
The Little Prince(ss) can be seen now on Disney’s Launchpad via Disney+.