Paramount Ditches Animated ‘Little Prince’

The Little Prince
Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Paramount will no longer be distributing the animated film adaptation of “The Little Prince” in the United States, according to director Mark Osborne.

“Many thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and support in these strange times,” Osborne tweeted Saturday. “As it turns out, the much anticipated U.S. release of this special and unique film will have to be anticipated just a little bit more. 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 film was slated to hit U.S. theaters on March 18. Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais and more lent their voices to the production. It nabbed a Cesar Award for best animated film.

In his review of the movie, Variety‘s Scott Foundas said, “Osborne’s ‘The Little Prince’ turns out to be a respectful, lovingly reimagined take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic 1943 tale, which adds all manner of narrative bells and whistles to the author’s slender, lyrical story of friendship between a pilot and a mysterious extraterrestrial voyager, but stays true to its timeless depiction of childhood wonderment at odds with grown-up disillusionment.”

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  1. jguenther5 says:

    Sounds as if they market tested it and came up with zero projected net.

  2. Wes says:

    It is a strange adaptation.

  3. Christopher says:

    Warner Bros. distributed the soundtrack for The Little Prince. Maybe they will agree to distribute the movie itself?

  4. Anonymous Contented says:

    Blessing in disguise. It is a beautiful film deserving of an awards push. Paramount does not have the talent to promote the film the way it deserves. Weinstein Company would be a better (albeit painful) partner creatively.

  5. Christophe says:

    They should’ve stuck to adapting the original story. The magical stop-motion sequences indicate this could’ve been a masterpiece. Sadly, they tried too hard to twist it into run-of-the-mill commercial fare and lost artistic integrity in the process.

  6. Doug Murray says:

    What could Paramount be thinking? They bumped Monster Trucks a whole year to give their opening date to The Little Prince. Now, a week before release, they drop it. What possible reason could they have? This sounds like disorder and dare I say confusion in the executive offices.

    • Nick says:

      It’s just not that good. But Monster Trucks is, apparently far worse. It’s been bumped TWICE, and the budget is reportedly out of whack with reality.

      • Doug Murray says:

        So don’t you cut your losses by releasing the films and taking whatever hit you’re going to take? Shelving them seems extreme.

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