There are some stories no child should live without and no adult should ever forget.
The animated film adaptation of The Little Prince has been released in countries all over the world since the summer of 2015. Finally, the Mark Osbourne-directed movie arrives in the States this summer. The animated retelling of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella will be released in theaters on August 5th, AND it will also be available to stream on Netflix the very same day. The film had intended on opening in the middle of March 2016, but Paramount Pictures, who was to distribute the film in the U.S., pulled the plug on the project one week prior to its debut.
“It’s been a crazy adventure, the entire production,” says director Osborne (Kung Fu Panda). “How I look at it, the release pattern is really uncommon too.”
Already released in over 50 countries ranging from Tunisia to Peru, the U.S. version of The Little Prince features the voicework of some of Hollywood’s best: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, and Marion Cotillard. Not only does ‘The Little Prince‘ have a stellar cast but Osborne’s prolific intertwining of stop-motion and CGI make for a remarkably beautiful film the entire family can enjoy and appreciate.
“I really wanted to find a way to create a cinematic emotional experience that was equivalent to the emotional experience that someone can have reading the book,” Osborne explained. “I really saw the movie as an opportunity to pay tribute to the power of the book. Not just adapt the book word for word, but a chance to adapt what the book means to people, and how it affects their lives.”
Check out the trailer below and mark August 5th your calendars, the day The Little Prince is released in theaters and available to stream on Netflix.
From Mark Osborne comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator. The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince. It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into her own imagination – and into the universe of The Little Prince – begins. And it’s where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it’s human connections that matter most, and that what’s truly essential can only be seen with the heart.