Paramount Pictures has released the newest trailer for Mark Osborne‘s adaptation of The Little Prince. Based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this is the book’s first feature animated adaptation. It actually had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year in an out-of-competition screening, and was eventually released a few months in France in the summer. So this is North America’s first real look at the film.
For those who are not familiar with The Little Prince, the book centers on a young girl, whose meticulous mother wants her to grow up too fast. However, their eccentric neighbor, helps the young girl take hold of her childhood by telling her the story of a boy called the “Little Prince”, whom he supposedly encountered in a desert when his plane crashed. While some may consider The Aviator a distraction, The Little Girl finds her neighbor’s story intriguing, and soon she will go on a life-changing adventure involving stars, biplanes, and a cute fox.
Check out the new trailer for The Little Prince below.
Unlike most films that utilize just one form of animation, the beauty of The Little Prince lies within in combining two very different styles of animation for an interesting narrative. The film is a stop-motion and computer animated hybrid, with the computer animated portion taking place in real-time, while The Aviator’s story uses stop-motion animation.
Watching the trailer, you can’t help but feel that it draws some inspiration from films like Where The Wild Things Are, much of that comes from the film realizing how precious a childhood can be and how we can lose our innocence by growing up too fast.
The Little Prince‘s excellent voice cast includes the talents of Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar) who plays The Little Girl; Rachel McAdams (Spotlight, About Time) voicing The Mother, with Jeff Bridges (Iron Man, The Big Lebowski) as The Aviator, and Riley Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) as The Little Prince. The film also stars Marion Cotillard (Macbeth, The Dark Knight Rises), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario, Guardians Of The Galaxy), Paul Giamatti (Straight Outta Compton, Sideways), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, This Is 40), Ricky Gervais (The Invention of Lying, Muppets Most Wanted), James Franco (This Is The End, 127 Hours), Albert Brooks (Finding Nemo, This Is 40), and more.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. 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 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 it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
The Little Prince opens in theaters March 18th, 2016.