As we reflect on the great animations that have arrived this year, it seems as though it’s already time to put one of next year’s firmly into our anticipated column. Arriving on our radar today is The Little Prince, a new animated feature that comes from Mark Osborne, the director behind Kung Fu Panda.
Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s famous 1943 novel and adapted by The Boxtrolls‘ Irena Brignull, the story follows a pilot who lands in the desert, but that’s seemingly only one aspect of the story. With what looks to be a mix of CGI and stop-motion, this is a fairly stunning first teaser that has us looking forward to more.
Featuring a voice cast of Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti (although they won’t be heard here, as it’s in French), check out the trailer below, with a hat tip to JoBlo.
No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike than this wise, enchanting fable. The author reminisces about a day when his plane was forced down in the Sahara, a thousand miles from help. There he encountered a most extraordinary small-person. “If you please,” said the stranger, “draw me a sheep.” And thus begins the remarkable story of the Little Prince, whose strange history he learned, bit by bit, in the days that followed. There are few stories that in some way, in some degree, change the world forever for their readers. This is one.
The Little Prince opens on October 7th, 2015 in France and hopefully soon after in the United States.