Watch: Animated 'Little Prince' Trailer Feels Like Pixar Meets Laika
by Ethan Anderton
December 10, 2014
If for some reason The Adventures of Tintin just didn't tickle your fancy, perhaps another animated, European adaptation will do the trick. The Little Prince comes from France, and it's an animated fantasy that meshes the computer animated style of Pixar with the world of stop-motion animation. The story, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famed novella, is framed by an old man telling a little girl the story of "le petit prince," and that's where traditional computer animation comes into play. But then, the actual story of the prince is told in stop-motion, taking cues from the gorgeous illustrations of the book. Watch below!
Here's the French trailer for Mark Osborne's The Little Prince from YouTube:
In case you need translation, the folks at Vulture translated the small dialogue bits:
Old man: Oh, oh! I'm here! Up here! [He waves.] Good evening!
Little girl: [Reading] Once upon a time, a little prince who needed a friend?
Old man: I've flown almost everywhere in the world, until something miraculous happened.
Little Prince: Please, draw me a sheep.
Old man: I've always wanted to find someone to share my story with, but I think this world has become too grown-up … It's only the beginning of the story!
The Little Prince is directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and written by Irena Brignull (The Boxtrolls). Based on the novella of the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the story unfolds as a pilot stranded in the desert awakens one morning to see, standing before him, a most extraordinary little fellow, who teaches him the secret of what is really important in life. The English version of the film will feature the voices of James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges and arrives sometime in 2015, but we hope the French version gets released too.