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The Little Prince goes big screen


I am almost sure that every one of you has a special memory connected with this story The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint – Exupery. I bet it was my Mom, who first gave me this book when I was a kid, a teenager actually. Then I thought it is a nice story. When I reread it in my early twenties I underlined almost the whole book with my grey pencil – every line seemed important to me. Today, not yesterday or tomorrow I remember this one the best:

“I am looking for friends. What does that mean – tame?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“To establish ties?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”

But the whole thing, why I returned to this story today is because they have made a nice cartoon out of it, that will be released in May during Cannes Film Festival.

The film centers on a contemporary schoolgirl who discovers the story of The Little Prince through her gravel-toned neighbor. 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.

The film is directed by Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne and it 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.