Back in March of this year Paramount shelved plans to release Mark Osborne's The Little Prince in cinemas, just days before it was due to open. Netflix stepped in to pick up US rights, but it seemed like anybody who had wanted to see it theatrically would be out of luck. Now, shortly after we learned that the film will hit Netflix in August, it turns out that it will in fact also be released in cinemas at the same time.
Netflix has done this before- their original film Beasts Of No Nation was released on Netlflix and in cinemas simultaneously. The Little Prince getting the same treatment is good news for anyone who doesn't have Netflix- or simply would have rather seen in on the big screen.
Based on the classic 1943 French book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Osborne's movie is not a direct adaptation but rather a tale inspired by the spirit of the original. It features a young girl who lives a strictly regulated life who becomes introduced to the story of the Little Prince by her eccentric elderly neighbour. The film uses a combination of CG and stop-motion to bring the story to life, and features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard in the English version.
In 2016 the film was awarded the Cesar award for best animated feature, beating out competition from Adama and April and The Extraordinary World.
The Little Prince will be available on Netflix and in select US Cinemas from August 5th 2016. A new trailer has been released to accompany the announcement, which you can see below.
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS " A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince."