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The much-loved children’s classic is given an animated overhaul by the co-director of Kung Fu Panda, but overelaboration means it almost goes down in flames
One advantage of animation is that you can record a whole new language dialogue track, and no one will know the difference. (It’s like the silent era, when switching out title cards meant it didn’t matter whether the film came from Berlin or Bognor.) So we have the new adaptation of the popular Saint-Exupéry children’s tale, simultaneously presented in two different cinemas at Cannes, in French and English, with entirely different voice casts involved. It was the English one for me, with Jeff Bridges and Rachel McAdams, rather than André Dussollier and Florence Foresti; however, with Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborne on board as director, the artistic balance is definitively tilted in the direction of the Anglo-American crowdpleaser.
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- Andrew Pulver
Since its 1943 publication, the novella “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery has become a children’s classic the world over. The tale of a downed aviator who meets a small monarch who lives on an asteroid and fell in love with a rose is universally beloved, but the strange, semi-allegorical nature of the book means that a truly satisfying screen translation has never been made (Stanley Donen’s 1974 musical version is perhaps the best known). This new animated feature is intended to be the definitive film rendition. Made with French money by Canadian animators, directed by American helmer Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”), and featuring a glittering cast of voice actors, it's not quite successful enough to succeed on the that score, but it’s still a visually glorious, extremely moving film that proves that top-grade animated fare doesn’t just come from the U.S. or Japan. After »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Any animated feature screening in Cannes in the wake of Pixar’s universally adored “Inside Out” was bound to seem like an anticlimax. And when the movie in question happens to be an adaptation of one of the most beloved children’s novels of all time, the potential for disappointment looms especially large. But to the sure relief of armchair aviators everywhere, director Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince” turns out to be a respectful, lovingly reimagined take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic 1943 tale, which adds all manner of narrative bells and whistles to the author’s slender, lyrical story of friendship between a pilot and a mysterious extraterrestrial voyager, but stays true to its timeless depiction of childhood wonderment at odds with grown-up disillusionment. Independently made (on a reported $80 million budget) by French producer Dimitri Rassam, “The Little Prince” may lack the fast pace and high-concept storytelling of »
- Scott Foundas
Affleck plays a brilliant accountant who moonlights as an assassin. The film is directed by Gavin O’Connor from Bill Dubuque’s script and co-stars Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Cynthia Addai-Robinson. Producers are Lynette Howell and Mark Williams.
Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3″ and Disney thriller “The Finest Hours,” starring Chris Pine and Affleck’s brother Casey, are also set for Jan. 29. Warner Bros. moved an untitled New Line horror film forward a week to Jan. 22.
Warner Bros. also set Miles Teller-Jonah Hill crime-comedy “Arms and the Dudes” for March 11. Todd Phillips is directing the story of two Miami stoners who wound up with a government contract to supply weapons for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The studio has also dated “Project Xx, »
- Dave McNary
There’s a box office bro-down — er, showdown — brewing between siblings Ben and Casey Affleck, as Warner Bros. has announced it will release Ben’s hit-man movie “The Accountant” on Jan. 29, 2016 — the same day Disney will unveil Casey’s Coast Guard drama “The Finest Hours.” Warner Bros. has also announced release dates for Todd Phillips‘ “Arms & the Dudes” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill, and a sequel to “Project X,” which was produced by Phillips. “The Accountant” is expected to serve as a strong counter-programming measure against DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” as well as “The Finest »
- Jeff Sneider
Freeman Entertainment, which launched its distribution operation in the Czech Republic at the start of the year, will handle theatrical distribution of Warner Bros. titles in the territory.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” will be the first Warner movie to be released by the company in the Czech Republic. Freeman Entertainment will also release titles there produced by leading independents, including Lionsgate/Summit, DreamWorks, Studiocanal, Nu Image and Relativity Media. Radovan Cech is Freeman’s executive director in the Czech Republic.
As well as the Warner titles, its release slate includes “Self/Less,” which is directed by Tarsem Singh (“Immortals”); “Mune,” which is helmed by Benoit Philippon (“Lullaby of Pi”) and Alexandre Heboyan (“Kung Fu Panda,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”); and “The Light Between Oceans,” which stars Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.
- Leo Barraclough
When studios start shuffling release dates, it can be a portent of doom. Such moves are often accompanied with whispers about production problems, or executive disappointment with the finished product itself. Paramount’s sudden adjustment to the roll-out of its live action-computer animation hybrid Monster Trucks suggests the opposite, however. Of all the months to shift it to, the studio has opted to push it back to March 2016 – a month that many would give a wide berth, given that the cinematic juggernaut Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be pulling into theatres at that time. Not so for Monster Trucks, which will now arrive a week before that superhero smack-down.
On its previous release date – December 25th 2015 – Monster Trucks would have faced off with Concussion (starring Will Smith), Joy (starring Jennifer Lawrence), the Point Break remake, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Revenant (starring Leonardo DiCaprio »
- Sarah Myles
Hope you weren't too excited about seeing Monster Trucks this Christmas, as the live-action/CG animated adventure becomes another victim of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is the latest movie to move away from Disney and LucasFilm's behemoth, following Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation's move away from December earlier this year. is being delayed until March 18, 2016.
This is the second time the $125M film has been shifted on Paramount's release slate. The family adventure is coming from Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies. Part of the reason for the move is that director Chris Wedge won't have the movie ready in time. The story is based on an original idea and follows the long-standing Monster Truck phenomena. Mary Parent will produce from a script by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, the team responsible for Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation's first release, this year's early hit The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. »
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has partnered with Rayvision to launch a cloud computing-based digital effects service for the film industry.
The new Rendering Cloud service is a product of Aliyun, Alibaba’s existing cloud computing division, and Shenzhen-based Rayvision, which claims 70% of the existing rendering market in China. Aliyun currently operates the distributed computing system for Alibaba’s e-commerce products.
Rendering Cloud is aimed at China’s independent producers. It will offer a cloud based platform with 100,000 cores of computing power. Alibaba said that it will cut rendering costs by 40% and cut rendering time from months to weeks.
The move signal not only Alibaba’s further entrenchment in the movie industry. It also the greater demands for digital effects and high quality animation emanating from the Chinese film industry as it scales up productions and budgets.
“By providing computing capacity, we hope to help Chinese filmmakers produce Hollywood hits »
- Patrick Frater
Paramount Pictures is to hire a new general manager to head its operations in the booming Chinese market. That follows the upcoming departure of Zhe Chen.
Par said that it is expanding its business in China. It will also shift its China office from Shanghai to Beijing. The relocation reflects a market reality. Shanghai is China’s business capital, but Beijing is the center of political power and the focus of the film industry.
Paramount says the move will take place over several months and that Zhe Chen, its current g.m., will not be making the transition for personal reasons. Zhe had been with Paramount and its predecessor releasing operation Uip for 14 years. Paramount said that it hopes to announce a new hiring within the coming weeks.
The studio opened the Shanghai office in July 2009 in order to work alongside China Film Group, the state-owned group that handles releases »
- Patrick Frater
Be the first in St. Louis to see the upcoming comedy The D Train.
All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion.
A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to La and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life.
The D Train Hits Theaters May 8th.
- Movie Geeks
An international trailer has been released for director Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince, an animated adaption of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s novel. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that »
- Gary Collinson
Need a little animation fix between your Cannes films? It seems like this could be the answer.
The new, international trailer for The Little Prince was released on Monday and it offers a preview at one of the year’s more imaginative animated films. The movie is set to premiere out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Featuring the voice talents of Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, and Mackenzie Foy, The Little Prince follows the story of a pilot crashes in the desert and meets a little boy from a distant planet. The story was first published in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
The latest trailer dives more into the story than the first one and seems to illustrate the imagination that is going into this adaptation. It seems to be blending both digital CGI with some other animation styles such as stop-motion, »
- Zach Dennis
Last winter, we featured an international teaser trailer for the animated adaptation of the classic 1943 tale The Little Prince. The film hails from France as the most expensive animated feature every produced in the country ($80 million), and the combination of wonderful 3D computer animation and beautiful stop-motion animation makes for quite the magical pairing for this story of a curious, magical prince and his interplanetary adventures. In this version (dubbed with English), the story is framed by an aviator narrator (Jeff Bridges) telling the prince's tale to his neighbor's busy little girl (Mackenzie Foy). Watch! Here's the new trailer for Mark Osborne's The Little Prince, originally from Yahoo: You can still watch the first teaser trailer for The Little Prince right here. The Little Prince is directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and written by Irena Brignull (The Boxtrolls). Based on the novella of the most famous work of the French aristocrat, »
- Ethan Anderton
Osborne's animated adventure will have its world premiere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival out of competition next month.
Kung Fu Panda-helmer Mark Osborne’s animated The Little Prince has a Special Screening berth in Cannes next month, the second time he’s had a movie open out of competition at the festival. The adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic and timeless novella comes with a twist: It’s framed by the story of a young girl with an overachieving mother whose new next door neighbor is an old aviator. He recounts to her his tale of crashing in a desert and meeting a boy from… »
Set as of Thursday to make its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Out of Competition, a new international trailer for Mark Osbourne's (Kung Fu Panda) film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery beloved children's book The Little Prince has arrived. While this isn't the first teaser for the film, it is the first time English-speaking audiences can see the American voice cast. And boy, did they go all out with this voice cast, with Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Albert Brooks, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Rachel McAdams, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti lending their pipes to the animated picture. While it's hard to shake off The Lorax vibes created by a newly created child protagonist and her new old friend, there does seem to be more love and charm here than that film, not to mention how beautiful the animation is during the actual Little Prince moments. »
- Will Ashton
Read More: The Best Animated Movie of 2015 is Already Here Variety has unveiled a heart warming new trailer for "Kung Fu Panda" director Marc Osborne's "The Little Prince," which is set to premiere at this year's Canne's Film Festival in the official selection. Based on the classic novella by Antoine de Saint Exupery, the animated feature has a stellar voice cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti and Albert Brooks. In the film, a young girl is introduced to a land of adventure and magic by the Aviator, voiced by Bridges, her sweet, elderly neighbor, who knows this place first hand. "The Little Prince" is released in France July 29. A Us release date has not yet been announced. Read More: Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Festival »
- Travis Clark
On Entertainment, a leading European indie studio headed by Dimitri Rassam and Aton Soumache, has unveiled exclusively for Variety the second international trailer for Mark Osborne’s animated feature “The Little Prince,” which will world premiere at Cannes in the official selection.
One of France’s biggest-budgeted toon pics ever, the $80 million “Little Prince” marks the first animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella, which has been sold in 145 million copies and translated in 265 languages.
“Our movie is an homage to one of France’s most iconic and revered properties, but also one of its most international, having crossed languages, cultures and generations. There is no better place than the Cannes Film Festival to showcase this unique combination,” said Rassam, who worked with his team for five years on this film.
- Elsa Keslassy
Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.
While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
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