'The Little Prince' to premiere on Netflix in 2016

The movie is based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupery novel of the same name.
By Annie Martin  |  March 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 18 (UPI) -- The Little Prince has landed at Netflix and is expected to premiere in 2016.

The streaming site acquired the French stop-motion animated movie after Paramount Pictures dropped the film last week, just days before its scheduled U.S. release date.

The Little Prince was to open in theaters March 18. Deadline reported Paramount Pictures' decision "came out of the blue," surprising director Mark Osbourne (Kung Fu Panda) and producers Dimitri Rassam and Aton Soumache.

The movie premiered out-of-competition at the Cannes International Film Festival in May and was released in France in July. The film earned over $88 million in theaters and is the most successful French animated movie abroad of all time.

The Little Prince is based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupery novel of the same name. Jeff Bridges voices an eccentric old man who shares the story with a child prodigy (Mackenzie Foy) who lives with her overbearing mother (Rachel McAdams).

Riley Osbourne voices The Little Prince, with Paul Rudd as Mr. Prince, James Franco as The Fox, Marion Cotillard as The Rose and Benicio Del Toro as The Snake. Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks and Ricky Gervais also have roles.

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