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.
Absolutely beautiful Academy Award winning animation admirably distills the source material down to cinema short length. Christopher Plummer's narration of the english language version only serves to enhance the exquisite, fluid animation.