More To Say #11: The Little Prince

Netflix release poster

The Little Prince is a 2015 English-language French and Italian 3D animated fantasy 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 dessert.

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 and Italian animated film abroad of all time.

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.

If you don’t already know, this was suppose to be released by Paramount back in mid March but they literally dropped the movie a week before it was suppose to be released, the movie had already been released worldwide but Paramount decided “oh, shit, Zootopia is still making money, pull the film” and punked out. So now, after 5 months, the movie has finally been released to America on Netflix.

And thank god it did because let me tell you folks, out of all the movies I have seen this summer, The Little Prince is one of the very best things I saw this summer, I loved the hell out of this movie.

Sweet mother of god, people, watch this movie and you will not be disappointed, this movie has some of the best animation that I have seen in years, the voice cast is great, the story works really well, it has a strong message.

Please do not let The Little Prince go under your radar, it’s one of the best movies of the year. It’s one of the two best things Netflix has given me this summer, the other being Stranger Things.

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