:Le Petit Prince)is a 2015 English-language French3D stop motion and computer-animated family drama adventure fantasy film directed by Mark Osborne for Gallic S3D. Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti wrote the script based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry . As the first animated feature film adaptation ofThe Little Prince,the film uses stop motion animation for the novel's story and computer animation for an additional frame narrative. The film stars the voices of Jeff Bridges , Rachel McAdams , Paul Rudd , Marion Cotillard , James Franco , Benicio del Toro , Ricky Gervais , Bud Cort , Paul Giamatti , Albert Brooks , Riley Osborne and Mackenzie Foy .
followed by a wide theatrical release in France on 29 July 2015 by Paramount Pictures .The U.S. theatrical release is scheduled for March 18, 2016.The film has earned $67.6 million on a $77.5 million budget.
The mother of a prodigious young girl wants her daughter to enroll in the prestigious Werth Academy. To ensure her daughter will pass the entrance exam, the mother imposes on her a rigorous study schedule over the course of the summer that leaves little room for leisure. The girl becomes distracted by her next-door neighbor, an elderly, retired aviator who shares with her the story of a young boy from a distant asteroid , the "little prince", whom he supposedly encountered in a desert after crashing his plane. As the two play together without the mother's knowledge, the aviator tells the girl that he must "leave" soon.
After the aviator almost gets into a car accident with the girl in his car, her mother learns of their friendship and forbids the girl from distracting herself from her studies again. The girl secretly visits the aviator to finish his story, which ends with the prince sacrificing himself to a venomous snake bite to reunite with his beloved rose. The girl is upset by the sad ending and angrily regrets meeting the aviator.
Towards the end of the summer, the aviator is taken ill and is hospitalized. The girl, wanting to make amends with him, runs out into the night to find the prince. She flies the aviator's plane to an asteroid populated exclusively by adults who joylessly work for the star-hoarding businessman from the aviator's story. There she finds the prince, now an adult janitor named "Mr. Prince", who has forgotten his past and fears disappointing the businessman. The prince takes the girl to an academy where the teacher attempts to forcibly turn her into a submissive, workaholic adult. The prince, suddenly recalling his past, rescues the girl and helps her recover her plane to escape. While doing so, the girl and prince confront the businessman and release all of his hoarded stars back into the sky where they belong.
The girl takes the prince to his home asteroid, which is now infested with baobab trees . The prince's rose is dead, but he and the girl see an image of the rose in the rising sun. The sight transforms the prince into a young boy again, and the girl returns to Earth with the aid of a flock of birds. The next morning, the girl and her mother visit the aviator in the hospital, where she presents the aviator with a novel of his completed story. The girl then begins her semester at Werth Academy as she develops a better relationship with her mother. As the girl and her mother gaze upon the stars one night, the laughter of the aviator and the little prince is heard, implying the aviator died.