The Little Prince Review - AVClub

AVClub: To fans of all ages, a fair warning: This Little Prince is not the one you fondly remember. One of the biggest bestsellers in history—a book that’s been translated into more than 250 languages worldwide—would seem to require little tinkering, no “fixing.” But rather than loyally reproduce French author Antoine De Saint-Exupéry’s timeless novella, the makers of this animated adaptation have instead taken what could be called the Hook approach, engineering a kind of years-later sequel and pivoting to a new preteen perspective. Perhaps this was the only way a children’s book of such unfashionable wit and soul could make the leap to modern screens—though they apparently didn’t go far enough for Paramount’s tastes, as the studio hastily, unceremoniously canceled its theatrical rollout in the States, almost a year after the film premiered at Cannes. (It begins streaming on Netflix tomorrow.)

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