The Little Prince is a 2015 English-language French-Italian 3D animatedfantasy adventure family drama film directed by Mark Osborne and based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was the first adaptation as a full-length animated feature of The Little Prince. The film relates the story of the book using stop motion animation which is woven into a computer animated framing narrative about a young girl who has just met the book’s now-elderly aviator narrator who tells her the story of his meeting with the Little Prince in the Sahara Desert.
The film stars the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Albert Brooks and Mackenzie Foy. It was produced by Dimitri Rassam, Aton Soumache and Alexis Vonarb and written by Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti with music by Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey.
The film premiered on 22 May 2015 at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in an out-of-competition screening, followed by a wide release in France on 29 July by Paramount Pictures. The US theatrical release was set for a release date of 18 March 2016 in RealD 3D, but was dropped mysteriously. Netflix later acquired the US distribution rights and released it on 5 August 2016. The film has received positive reviews, earning praise for its style of animation and homage paid to the source material and earned $97.6 million on a $77.5 million budget, becoming the most successful French animated film abroad of all time.
An ambitious Mother undertakes to prepare her daughter academically for enrollment in the prestigious Werth Academy, imposing a life plan that leaves little time for leisure. The Little Girl, however, becomes distracted by an elderly retired Aviator who tells her the story of the “Little Prince”, whom he says he encountered in the Sahara desert after crash-landing there. The Aviator recounts how the Little Prince had asked him to draw a picture of a sheep. Lacking skill, the Aviator had eventually simply drawn a box instead, and explained that there was a sheep inside the box and this had satisfied the Little Prince.
The Little Girl and the Aviator continue to read and play together without the Mother’s knowledge. The Aviator tells the Girl about the Little Prince’s home, “Asteroid B612″, which was covered in baobab sprouts, and he recounts how it came to pass that the Little Prince travelled to Earth. After spending some time clearing away baobab sprouts, the Little Prince had noticed a different plant; and had nurtured it until it grew into a Rose. The Rose had become his friend, but had been rather selfish, so after a while, the Little Prince had left his planet with a flock of birds. He eventually landed on Earth, where he found and tamed a red Fox. After a while, the Fox bid goodbye to the Little Prince, advising him to always see with his heart. When the Aviator finishes telling the Little Girl this story, he gives her a stuffed Fox as a gift, and tells her that he has decided to leave soon and go find the Little Prince.
The two of them decide to go out for free “birthday” pancakes first but it turns out that the Aviator is driving without a license. He is pulled over by a police officer, who brings the Girl home, whereupon her Mother realizes that she hasn’t been doing her assigned lessons. Distressed, the Mother redoubles her daughter’s assignments to make up for lost time. But the Girl continues to read the story of the Little Prince, and when she has read all the pages, she secretly visits the Aviator to find out what had happened to the Little Prince at the end.
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