“The Little Prince,” which has already screened in France, China, Japan and Brazil to commercial and critical success, will have its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), where it will also launch the festival.
With a talented ensemble voice cast featuring Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais and Marion Cotillard, among others, the Mark Osborne-directed film will feature the same stop-motion animation that was used in the first feature film adaptation of the French novella.
Paramount Animations have acquired distribution rights to the long-awaited feature, making “The Little Prince” their second foray into animation filmmaking since the company’s foundation in 2011, with their first film being “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”.
The film deviates from its source material of the same name, following instead the story of a young girl who breaks free from the strains of her dominant mother by learning of the enchanting and whimsical world of The Little Prince from a warm and kind elderly pilot whom she befriends.
“The Little Prince” is poised to finally receive its U.S theatrical release on March 18, but not before SBIFF audiences sink their teeth into it in the Arlington Theatre on February 3.