For my taste, this is overly simplistic Hallmark Hall of Fame material no matter the animation technique. Jean Giono's dark naturalist novels from the 1930's and his adamant pacifist non-fiction are certainly worthwhile, however this story and film may be best for the kiddies.
One of the most accomplished humanistic and environmental parables ever achieved in film. There is a refined articulation between the words off, of an immaculate literary value - made by Christopher Plummer in the version I saw - with images of an unusual fluency: an incessant becoming-image and becoming-narrative, which arise as a relentless becoming-movie.
One touching story. Its a film for all ages, for the happy and the desolate, for the hopeless and the hopeful. It has a message about life. It has a simplicity that of The Little Prince but touches a more mature accord in one's heart. We all should start planting our own trees in our own barren lands.
GOD... this must be shown on TV at least once a year... Not only artistic, it's educationally good, inspirative, and very contemplative. I also love the way that this man contributed to the world although was in solitude. Thanks to Frederick Back and friends for this beautiful movie!