The Little Prince may have been published in 1943, but it still sells two million copies a year, so it’s a no-brainer that Hollywood would be salivating at the prospect of a big screen version. The question was, how would a studio adapt Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic (but very modest) story for audiences that are used to Pixar’s digital pyrotechnics? The answer appears to be a complete reimagining of the story that frames it within the story of a little girl—aptly named The Little Girl—who meets an old pilot, who then tells her the story of this little prince that lives alone on a distant asteroid called B-612. The stroke of genius that the movie’s new trailer illustrates is a switch between the 3D animation that audiences expect from their big-budget cartoons, and a beautiful stop-motion animation that movies like Fantastic Mr. Fox have used to such great effect.
The Little Prince hits theaters on March 18, but it’s already been screening in Europe, where reviews have been out-of-this-world good. It features an insanely all-star cast that includes Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, and Ricky Gervais. BYO Kleenex.