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‘The Little Prince’ Won’t Get Paramount Release After All

'The Little Prince' Won't Get Paramount Release After All

As Disney’s animated blockbuster “Zootopia” dominates the box office, Paramount has backed out of releasing animated pick-up “The Little Prince” in the U.S., director Mark Osborne confirmed via Twitter. “All I can say is #thelittleprince will in fact be released by another distributor later this year. … Until then, head to Canada! The film opens there in wide release this weekend!”

The co-director of Oscar-nominated “Kung Fu Panda” won a Cesar for Best Animated film for “The Little Prince,” which debuted out of competition at Cannes and has grossed $80 million internationally, including Canada. It was scheduled to open stateside on March 18. 

The well-reviewed family-friendly feature, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s 1943 children’s classic, with a voice cast including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Paul Rudd, would likely have scored far better than Paramount’s most recent animated pickup, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s R-rated “Anomalisa,” which has so far grossed less than $3 million in North American theatrical release. But that left a bitter taste, as “Inside Out” inevitably won the Oscar, and “Zootopia” is still going strong.

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