Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grownup world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kindhearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into her own imagination – and into the universe of The Little Prince – begins. And it’s where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it’s human connections that matter most, and that what’s truly essential can only be seen with the heart. Also starring: Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort.
|Rachel as:||The Mother|
|Other (voice) cast:||Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort.|
|Directed by:||Mark Osborne|
|Written by:||Irena Brignull (screenplay), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (novel)|
|World Premiere:||TBA 2015|
|Theatrical Release:||TBA 2015|
|Production budget:||$81.000.000 (Unconfirmed)|
|Producers:||Dimitri Rassam, Aton Soumache|
|Original Music by:||Hans Zimmer|
A beautifully crafted animated film, inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved 1942 masterpiece, THE LITTLE PRINCE will be released in theatres around the world in 2015. One of the biggest animated movies to launch from Europe this year, this innovative project is directed and produced by Mark Osborne, who codirected DreamWorks’ Oscar-nominated movie “Kung Fu Panda”. The movie is produced by Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam and Alexis Vonarb, co-founders of On Animation Studios.
An international team of extremely talented animated feature film professionals was drawn to both Paris and Montreal to create the film, which features a stellar voice cast of international actors, including Jeff Bridges (The Aviator), Rachel McAdams (The Mother), Marion Cotillard (The Rose), James Franco (The Fox), Albert Brooks (The Businessman), Mackenzie Foy (The Little Girl), Benicio Del Toro (The Snake), Ricky Gervais (The Conceited Man), Paul Giamatti (The Teacher), Bud Cort (The King) and Riley Osborne (The Little Prince).
THE LITTLE PRINCE is a loving tribute inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s hugely popular and beloved 1942 novella, which has been translated into more than 250 languages and has sold over 145 million copies worldwide. The film centres on the friendship between an eccentric old Aviator (Jeff Bridges) and the very grown-up young girl who moves in to the house next door with her extremely grown-up Mother (Rachel McAdams). Through the pages of the Aviator’s book and his drawings, the Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy) learns the story of how he long ago crashed in a desert and met the Little Prince (Riley Osborne), an enigmatic boy from a distant planet. The Aviator’s experiences and the tale of the Little Prince’s travels to other worlds bring the Little Girl and the Aviator closer as they embark on a remarkable adventure together.
To voice the complex role of the Little Girl’s Mother, the filmmakers approached popular actress, Rachel McAdams (“The Notebook”, “About Time”, “Sherlock Holmes”). McAdams says she recalls watching an animated TV series based on The Little Prince when she was a young girl growing up in Canada. “I read the book when I was in my 20s,” she notes. “A friend gave it to me as a present, and when I read the book it meant a lot to me. I think Saint-Exupéry’s book says different things to you at different stages of your life.”
THE LITTLE PRINCE marks the first time McAdams has lent her voice to an animated project. “I was so excited to be part of this movie, and I loved “Kung Fu Panda”, so I knew our director Mark (Osborne) was going to do a wonderful job with the adaptation. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to animation.”
McAdams says it was important for her to get out of her head and really connect with the material. “I play the Little Girl’s Mother, who is a working single mom. She has this massive, intricate life plan for her daughter and wants her to follow the rules to a tee. The Mother is a little high-strung, but she means well. She and her daughter are a real team until the Little Girl drifts away.”
McAdams believes that the film’s emotional intensity and the fact that it pays such close homage to the original book are two of its huge assets. “THE LITTLE PRINCE does a fantastic job of celebrating life’s mysteries. When we grow up, it’s easy to need an answer for every question. Just like the book, the movie pays attention to the importance of enjoying the journey and our relationships, and not necessarily understanding everything. It all circles back to the famous quote from the book, which is ‘What is essential is invisible to the eye’.”
Rachel started to do first recordings in the late summer/fall of 2013. Production moved from Paris to Montreal, Canada.
Triva & Facts
• It’s the first animated movie Rachel is part of.
• It’s the second time Rachel works with Marion Cotillard, previously in “Midnight in Paris” (2011), and James Franco, previously in “Every Thing Will Be Fine” (2014).
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Quotes from Rachel
“I’m really excited about it. We’re just starting out so I’ve seen some of the animation and it’s just so beautiful. It’s a little bit of a modernisation but it’s got tons of tributes to the book and to the drawings and to the world we expect the Little Prince to be. I love the messages in it – those are really strong and I think it will appeal to both adults and kids at the same time. I’m so looking forward to it.”
–On the movie (Press Association)
“Mark Osborne is directing it – he did the first Kung Fu Panda – and he’s awesome. He has all these brilliant ideas for it.”
–On the director Mark Osborne (Press Association)
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