I came from a reading family. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a book in my hands and that’s continued to this day. Many people are the same way and I know a lot of my friends who believe that one of those books from their childhood that shaped them into the people they are today was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
I didn’t disover the book until my twenties but the story resonated with me and I had wished I read it when I was younger. It’s a philosophical story that includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. It’s a book that wants you to remember to not forget what it’s like to be a child and lose that sense of whimsy. Director, Mark Osborne, has taken the task to bring the story to life.
The trailer below is extremely powerful, though it’s in French and barely over a minute and a half in length. It features a cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere only we know’ by Lily Allen. It also mixes CGI for the real world with stop-motion animation for the story of the Prince. It’s absolutely brilliant.
The Little Prince is written by Boxtrolls scribe, Irena Brignull and directed by Kung Fu Panda filmmaker, Mark Osborne. The film will feature the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and young Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar) as the little girl. The film will be released in France in October of 2015, with a US release date expected shortly afterwards.