Fans of "The Little Prince" were disappointed when Paramount Pictures, the studio handling its distribution in the United States, dropped the animated film. Now Netflix has come to the rescue because the streaming service picked up the film and will be releasing it later in 2016.
Perhaps this is what the director of the adaptation, Mark Osborne, was referring to when he tweeted the announcement with regard to the delay of the release in the U.S.
3/3 - All I can say is #thelittleprince will in fact be released by another distributor later this year.
— Mark Osborne (@happyproduct) March 12, 2016
Despite the supposed March 18 release announced by Paramount, the studio quietly pulled it just a week before the actual release and, whatever the company's reason is for withdrawing is up to anyone's imagination. However, it is better to not dwell on the issue, but rejoice that "The Little Prince" will still reach the U.S. audience, even if a little later than originally planned.
"The Little Prince" is a combined stop-motion and 3D animated film based on the classic story written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Festival, and received the award for best animated film at the 41st Cesar Awards in France.
The screenplay was written by Irena Brignull, Bob Persichetti, whose adaptation ventures a little further. Instead of the story purely being told in the point-of-view of the pilot, the film focuses on a little girl whose mother has designed practically her whole life, so she can be prepared for the adult world.
The little girl meets the aviator who tells her all about the Little Prince and his world, which allows the little girl to explore her imagination and enjoy her childhood, as well as learn what is really important in life.
Watch the trailer below.