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My first introduction to the story of ‘The Little Prince’ was, like many others, during the course of my French A-Level. The story of growing up whilst not losing the innocence of one’s childhood has captured the imagination of readers for years since its publication and the story has been adapted for both the big and small screen many times. However, this new film looks set to bring us a new take on the narrative.

As we have seen in recent years, trying to expand a short story to fill a full length feature can lead to a film where not much happens and the story of ‘The Little Prince’ is doubtless one of those stories that would suffer were it forced into a full length film – it is simply too short. However, the new adaptation solves this problem by making the telling of ‘The Little Prince’ a story within a story. From the trailer, the additional new story seems to revolve around a hardworking and dedicated girl who one day meets an elderly neighbour looking for someone with whom to share his story.

The director Mark Osborne is most well-known for his work on Kung Fu Panda and so this adaptation, with its cute animations and inevitable story of realisation for the little girl in the new second story, looks to be aimed more towards a younger audience, but hopefully there will be those elements from the original story that make it accessible for older viewers as well.

Either way, this new way of adapting a classic story looks like it could well be a success, and with the addition of a cast including the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, we look to be in for a treat when The Little Prince is released at the end of March.

Rohanna Brown

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Image from ‘The Little Prince’, (Paramount Pictures)

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