One of the most well-loved children’s stories of all-time is bound for the big screen. The latest adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella The Little Prince hails from King Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne, who takes a few liberties with the popular source material for his vision. But to be frank, with trailers this captivating and visually adventurous, it’s unlikely anyone will have cause for complaint.
The Little Prince tells the story of an Aviator whose plane crashes in the desert, which is where he meets the titular prince from an asteroid-sized planet whose day trip to Earth is part of his exploration of the galaxy. One of those aforementioned changes tying together the movie is a wraparound story that’s made apparent in this new preview. Featuring a young girl and her next-door neighbor, it’s a slight adjustment that shouldn’t sully the gloriousness of the stop-motion animation on display.
As for the vocal ensemble, in case you hadn’t already picked them out, the main cast includes Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Riley Osborne, with supporting turns supplied by Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Budd Cort, Ricky Gervais, and Albert Brooks. Acquiring such a wealth of talent is no mean feat, and suggests we’re in for a spectacular outing when the movie is released.
The Little Prince makes its worldwide debut at Cannes in May and opens in France on July 29. As yet it is without a U.S. release date, but on account of the universal praise this trailer is receiving, it won’t be long before this charming tale secures one.