Continental Europe has some serious chops in animation, but has generally failed to woo the U.S. and other markets. This may change with The Little Prince, an adaptation of a very popular book. This won’t be its first film adaptation, not even thr first animated adaptation. But 2015’s version is definitely its biggest and most expensive.
Directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), this looks pretty stunning. Part of the film is what you could call more conventional 3D CG animation, while other sections look like traditional stop motion. By the looks of the trailer, it’s a story in a story – the film follows a little girl, with an overly involved mother, who befriends her elderly neighbour. With him she discovers the story of The Little Prince, which is animated in stop-motion.
Variety has the write-up, plus the new trailer:
One of France’s biggest-budgeted toon pics ever, the $80 million “Little Prince” marks the first animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella, which has been sold in 145 million copies and translated in 265 languages.
Directed by Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”), “The Little Prince” will add star power to Cannes with its glitzy voice cast, which includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro. Cotillard and Del Toro will also be presenting their other respective movies, “Macbeth” and “Sicario,” in competition at the festival.
The multilayered animated tale centers around a little girl (Mackenzie Foy) who lives with her mother (McAdams) and gets initiated by her eccentric yet kind-hearted neighbor, the Aviator (Bridges), into a magical world where anything is possible — a world that the Aviator himself was initiated into long ago by the Little Prince (played by newcomer Riley Osborne).
(If the embed for the trailer doesn’t show, watch it here):
This is actually just the new French trailer with the English dub, but it sells the idea quite nicely. The talent behind this clearly shows and hopefully The Little Prince will drag a few more movie-goers into French animation, even if the words are in English.
Last Updated: April 21, 2015