"The Little Prince." (Click to enlarge.) "The Little Prince." (Click to enlarge.)
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Watch the New International Trailer for ‘The Little Prince’

The first full-length English-language trailer for Mark Osborne’s Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) has been revealed.

The film centers on a contemporary schoolgirl who discovers the story of The Little Prince through her gravel-toned neighbor (voiced by Jeff Bridges). While the wraparound story is computer-animated, scenes from the story of The Little Prince itself, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella, were shot in stop-motion.

It was announced last week that The Little Prince will have its world premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will screen out of competition.

"The Little Prince." (Click to enlarge.)
“The Little Prince.” (Click to enlarge.)

The film is directed by Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne and produced by the Montreal arm of Mikros Image, whose parent company was recently acquired by Technicolor. It also features the voices of Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Rachel McAdams, Benicio del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, and Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar) as the little girl. With a US$80 million production budget, it is one of France’s most expensive animated features ever made.

The Little Prince is slated for a July 29 release in France through Paramount Pictures, with a U.S. release date yet to be announced.

"The Little Prince" international poster. Click to enlarge.
“The Little Prince” international poster. Click to enlarge.
  • Robert Calcagno

    Notice that they really don’t emphasize the stop-motion scenes…

  • The Little Prince story is absolutely gorgeous, I’d happily take a short film just about that story. I am assuming the majority of the film will be focused on the girl and the pilot though.

    The one thing that isn’t totally winning me over about this film is the girl’s super generic 3D model. It looks like a character model a animation student would create in Maya to add to their demo reel because they want to go work at Dreamworks or Pixar. With CGI films from Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks and the rest, you are used to their character models having a certain style in their films, but with this, her model is so uninspiring, and she is the main character of the film….maybe I am being to harsh, but I had the same feeling when we got the first trailer for this film :/

    • Henry Cohn

      Bland main characters are a proud tradition.

      • Tim Tran

        right? its somehow hard to make their main characters the most interesting in the film. Luke wasnt the star, it was Han, Leia, and Vader. Anna wasnt the star, Elsa was. most villains are there to make up for the blandness that is the main characters.

    • Robert Calcagno

      I think it’s the unfortunate reality that American audiences actually seem drawn to the less stylized CGI look. Comparing this to the original trailer, which emphasized the beautiful work from LAIKA and the imagery of the book, they’re likely just editing it to appeal to the American market.

    • Dunno….but……

      Well, Nico Marlet designed the characters for this film……so…….

    • man, you took the words right out of my mouth, I can’t really add much to that but I hope this film exceeds my expectations. I’m surprisingly excited to see it, just for the prince parts alone.

    • Harry Bastard

      I think yer spot on, looks very stock Dreamworks, but if it hooks the crowd into giving the St. Exupery story a chance, then it’s a tool well used, in my opinion.

  • James Fox

    I must see this film!

  • toddspage111

    I hope that Mune film gets an English dub or release, it’s visually incredible.

  • Steven Bowser

    I really like the stop-motion portions, but I’m not very into the CG portions. They seem kindof hokey and cliche’d. But the stop-motion parts are beautiful and haunting–especially the part with the fox. I’m gonna have to watch this movie just for those parts.

  • OtherDan

    Looks really good! Hope to see it in a wider release.

  • Dunno….but……

    Can’t blame Nico directly… He made *plenty* of amazing 2D designs at Dreamworks that ended up in very bland, unappealing 3D models.

  • joel brinkerhoff

    The 1979 version by Will Vinton was a charming and faithful telling.

    • Draško Ivezić

      I was wondering why no one mentions that. One of my favourites from childhood. I am getting tired of generic Pixar/Dreamworks characters and merchandise driven stories and I would be happy to see something so daring and fresh like Vinton’s film in cinemas today.

  • PiclePots

    It looks like a complete ripoff of the Animation Mentor rig Bishop. Also the animation style looks very student-ish. It’s like a demo reel of one of the better students trying to get into Pixar. However, I like the story within a story idea, each with different styles. I think I will go see it, just for the story. But the animation, the lighting, and the designs especially are just boring and uninspired.