First off, if you haven’t seen The Little Prince, which is now playing in select theaters and is available on Netflix, watch this animated classic as soon as you get the chance. Director Mark Osborne spent over six years crafting his CGI/stop motion animation adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s tale of the titular character’s friendship with the Aviator (voiced in the film by Jeff Bridges).
The project, which was also a family affair (his son Riley voiced The Little Prince as a child, with Paul Rudd taking over the LP as an adult), has taken in over $100 million internationally. With that in mind, it’s a wonder that Paramount Pictures pulled the film from its release schedule – the week it was set to hit theaters!!
Along with its high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and a Cesar Award to boot, Osborne’s long and difficult journey was also a gratifying one. During the interviews for The Little Prince, I asked Mr. Osborne about watching his film with a packed house, and he shared a memorable moment that occurred at the Cannes Festival. Without spoiling the story (it’s def. worth a listen even if it’s 2:44 imo), the clip deals with a teary Marion Cotillard (the La Vie En Rose star voices the rose in the film!), co-star Mackenzie Foy (she’s the voice of the little girl), and members of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s family.
Take a listen below (Foy is also heard in the clip):
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
To check out my review of The Little Prince, take a listen to the latest episode of CinemAddicts, a movie podcast I co-host with Anderson Cowan.
Have you seen The Little Prince? If so, please comment below and tell us what you think!!