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Rediscover the Charm of ‘Le Petit Prince’ in This Animated Film

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) is a much loved book written by French poet, aristocrat, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The book was first published in 1943, and along with writing it, Antoine de Saint-Exupery also painted the beautiful illustrations, which are bursting with color.

“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince. (Image: Paramount Pictures via YouTube/Screenshot)

‘All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.’ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, ‘The Little Prince’. (Image: Paramount Pictures via YouTube/Screenshot)

He was said to have taken inspiration for writing the book from his experiences during a plane crash in the Sahara Desert in 1935.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry standing next to his plane after it crashed in the Sahara Desert 1935. (Image via Wickimedia Commons By Saint-Exupéry/André Prévot [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry standing next to his plane after it crashed in the Sahara Desert in 1935. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

In 2015, the book was made into a feature length 3D animated film, which was directed by Mark Osbourne.

In the film, we follow a young girl who has just met the book’s now-elderly aviator, who tells her the story of his meeting with the little prince in the Sahara Desert.

The Elderly Aviator is played by the voice of Jeff Bridges. (Image: Paramount Pictures via YouTube/Screenshot)

The elderly aviator is voiced by Jeff Bridges. (Image: Paramount Pictures via YouTube/Screenshot)

The movie premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, and Paramount Pictures released it in France in mid-2015. This August, Netflix took it on for a wider distribution.

"You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” (Image: Paramount Pictures via YouTube/Screenshot)

‘You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.’ (Image: Paramount Pictures via YouTube/Screenshot)

The score is composed by Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey, while the soundtrack features French pop-artist Camille.

Camille sings Equation from the Le Petit Prince soundtrack:

Actors provided the voices of the main characters. Mackenzie Foy is the voice of the bright young girl in the film who becomes friends with her elderly neighbor, the aviator, who is voiced by Jeff Bridges. Marion Cotillard is the voice of the bright rose, who the prince cares for and loves.

Ricky Gervais plays the conceited man, while James Franco plays the fox, whose lines echo the story’s themes and philosophies on human relationships.

Benivio del Toro is the voice of the sinister snake and Riley Osborne (the director’s son) plays the voice of the little prince — a boy who is kind, curious, and follows his heart.

James Franco plays the fox that The Little Prince becomes friends with and tames. (Image: Paramount Pictures via YouTube/Screenshot)

James Franco plays the fox that the little prince becomes friends with and tames. (Image: Paramount Pictures via YouTube/Screenshot)

The story’s essence is contained in these lines spoken by the fox to the little prince:

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