Paramount Ditches Animated ‘Little Prince’

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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