If things had gone as planned, you would have been able to watch Mark Osborne’s (Kung Fu Panda) animated adaption of the The Little Prince this weekend. However, you’ll have to suffer through the mind-numbing and abhorrent Allegiant this weekend.
Because – last minute, with no explanation – Paramount Pictures dropped it from its release schedule. This isn’t surprising, as they opted to have a weak promotional campaign for the film.
Le Petit Prince, written in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is a beloved novella that many had grown up with, including myself. What’s truly disappointing is that an entire generation of American children won’t be able to experience this vibrant and hopeful tale in cinemas.
But they can enjoy it at home.
It has been announced that Netflix, the savior of all things we hold dear, will now handle the American distribution of the stop-motion animated film stateside. Netflix is expected to premiere the film later this year.
In the past year, Netflix has been making a serious foray into film with Beasts of No Nation and The Ridiculous Six. Netflix is very accessible and it’s great to see that The Little Prince will find a home on the world’s most popular streaming service. The film will find a much wider audience on the streaming service as the film will likely be marketed heavily.
If you live in Canada, you can go to your local Cineplex and watch it right now, as it received a wide-release there last weekend.
Last month, the film was awarded France’s Cesar Award for best animated film. The Little Prince has voices from Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, and Benecio del Toro.