CG/stop-motion hybrid adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved book directed by Mark Osborne of ‘Kung Fun Panda’ fame to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Pixar isn't the only studio with an animated feature premiering at Cannes. A CG/stop-motion hybrid adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved The Little Prince -- from Mark Osborne, the director of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda -- is premiering at the festival as well.
A new trailer has been released ahead of the event, courtesy of Variety:
Produced by ON Entertainment’s Dimitri Rassam and Aton Soumache, The Little Prince was made with a budget of $80 million, making it France’s most expensive animated feature to date.
The Little Prince was written by Irena Brignull, who added to the story a little girl who discovers the Prince's adventures with the stranded pilot/author. The story centers on a fearless and curious child prodigy (Mackenzie Foy) who lives with her equally academically talented yet overachieving mother (Rachel McAdams). After moving into a new neighborhood, the girl meets her next door neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges), an old yet eccentric and mischievous man. Soon, she discovers the story of The Little Prince (Riley Osbourne), a story of a pilot who crashes in a desert where he meets the titular boy from a distant planet, a story that brings the girl and The Aviator together on an extraordinary adventure.
The film, set for release in France on October 7, uses stop-motion animation for the novel's story and computer animation for the additional framing narrative. It also stars Marion Cotillard as The Rose, James Franco as The Fox, Benicio del Toro as The Snake, Ricky Gervais as The Conceited Man, Paul Giamatti as The Teacher, Albert Brooks as The Businessman and Bud Cort as The King.
No word yet on a U.S. release date.