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The Little Prince Hits the Big Screen

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mark Osborne's The Little Prince

It's here! It's finally here! The long-awaited animated feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic "The Little Prince" is now playing in theatres across Canada and features a brilliant cast under the direction of Mark Osborne. Featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Ricky Gervais, and James Franco, the film received a Cesar award for Best Animated Movie, and for good reason. The Little Prince is an artistic combination of stop motion animation for the novel's story and computer animation for the narrative which tells the tale of a little girl caught between childhood and adulthood.


As a child, I remember watching the cartoon version of "The Little Prince" and how fascinating it was to follow the adventures of a little boy who lived on an asteroid with his precious rose. It wasn't until I read the novel in a high school French class that I began to better appreciate the metaphors and messaging behind the imaginative storyline. It goes without saying that I was beyond eager to see the animated feature film in theatres. A few days ago, I took the kids with me and invited a friend to bring her children along as well. She and I agreed that the movie was fantastic. In fact, she wants to see it again. The kids, who have yet to read the book, enjoyed the movie but had questions that opened up an interesting post-movie dialogue as we discussed the meaning of the story. An important conversation, to say the least. There was even a point towards the end of the movie that both myself and my friend's youngest daughter were so overwhelmed by emotion that we were moved to tears. Hers were more like sniffles. Me? I succumbed to the uncontrollable-runny-nose-ugly-cry. Yup. Pass the tissue box.

The symbolic premise of the novel does not easily lend itself to the typical lighthearted nature of most animated feature films. Instead, it offers a whimsical story that is both thought-provoking and entertaining. To quote the fox, "What is essential is invisible to the eye." On the surface, Mark Osborne's film is a remarkably beautiful interpretation of the novel but, when looking at it from a more philosophical standpoint, it becomes clear that he has also succeeded in capturing the essence of Saint-Exupéry's allegory of human nature.

The Little Prince Glow-in-the-Dark Plush Fox
Have you yet to see The Little Prince? Entertainment One Films Canada has offered not one but TWO amazing prize packs, each consisting of 4 (FOUR) run-of-engagement passes that offer free admission to The Little Prince (valid Monday through Thursday) AND a plush glow-in-the-dark fox from The Little Prince (seen above). For a chance to win, please complete the Rafflecopter form below. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.

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52 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so so much for hosting such an amazing giveaway! I adore this book and read it first in French (French immersion problems) but I also own it in English. Fingers crossed!

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  2. I would love to win this so I can share with my daughter about the Little Prince. I remember growing up and reading this!!!

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  3. Would love to take the kids to see The Little Prince.

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  4. Thanks so very much for the opportunity! I would love to take my kuds yo see this. We only get to the movies 1 - 2 times a year so it is quite a treat! I also love to expose them yo other movie styles (not Disney/Pixar )

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  5. We love The Little Prince and this prize pack will add to our wonderful collection.

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  6. I would love to win because I love the story of The Little Prince. I have a pop-up version of The Little Prince book which my kids enjoy it very much! It would be great to win this prize pack (I love the fox plush!)

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  7. I love this book and would love to see the story come alive on the big screen to share it with my kids!

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  8. My granddaughter has just discovered this story and adores the fox!
    jan

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  9. I would like to win so I can watch this movie with my kids.

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  10. I was thinking this would be a good choice as my daughter's first movie - this would be perfect!

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  11. We love this book & would be thrilled as a family to see the movie.

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  12. I would love to win as this is one of my favorite books :)

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  13. I would love to win as my daughter would adore this!

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  14. This is one of my top fave books and the movie trailers look like this will be a fantastic movie.

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  15. I would love to win this so I could take my grandchildren to the movie. They always enjoy a special night out.

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  16. i'D like to win because I can't honestly remember what the last movie was I got to see ...

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  17. I would love to win this so I could take my children to the movie

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  18. i love the fox it' so cute rafflecopter charityk

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  19. I would love to see the story on film, and introduce DD to the story. Also, the fox is pretty cute :)

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  20. My girls are very excited about this film so I am certain that the would like this prize pack.

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  21. I like this show as a kid
    Marla

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  22. The Little Prince has been on of my favorite books since very long time ago. i started to learn French because of the book, as I wanted to read it in original tongue. I have been quoting book so often - real nerd ;)
    Would be super happy to win!

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  23. I have only recently learned of this story and think it would be a great day out for the family

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  24. we have read the book and my son loves it we are planing on going to see the movie soon.

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  25. I would like to win because I like Little Prince story and I would like to introduce it to my son with these adorable bundle.

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  26. I would like to win this for my daughter.

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  27. I have never taken my son to a movie. This would be a cute first movie for him

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  28. I'd like to win because I've read The Little Prince and love it and seeing the movie would be awesome :)

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  29. I'd love to win because we are always looking for a new family movie to watch together!

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  30. I would love to win this because my 4 year old son would absolutely LOVE this.. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. I'd love to watch this with my son. I've never actually read the book so I'd enjoy watching it for myself too.

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  32. I grew up watching the little prince and would love to share his adventures with my family.

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  33. What a great prize. This movie was excellent.

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  34. What a great prize. This movie was excellent.

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  35. I have little nieces that would love this movie, I would enjoy watching it as well, is why I would like to win.

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  36. This story is so dear to our family!

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  37. I love the Little Prince growing up. I think it gets you thinking about what's important in life and reassess if certain things are worth it!

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  38. I like to win this to gift to my niece.
    Florence C

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  39. Perfect for my little nephew Nolan! Thankyou.

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  40. This would be great for my great niece.

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  41. I would love to win this for my sister!

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  42. I would love to win to be able to watch this with my daughter.

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  43. I'd like to win because I know the perfect person to gift this to and because I always like to win :) Happy Easter to you and your family !!!!

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  44. I would love to take my kids to the movies! Its too expensive unless we have some passes. Thanks for the chance.

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  45. I love the Little Prince growing up and would love to bring by grandchildren to see the movie!

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  46. I'd love to win because the Little Prince is one of my fav books and I can't wait to see it on screen!

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  47. Thanks for the chance. My lil guy has been asking about this movie so I think he would really enjoy it! Thanks!

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  48. I would love to share this lovely story with my children
    Marla

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  49. Such a great movie with a great story, and I'm a huge Jeff Bridges fan! :)

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  50. Oh, would love to win! Teaching Le Petit Prince with my grade 12s right now!

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  51. I have actually never read this bookbut would love to see the movie with my son.

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  52. This is great. My kids would enjoy this.

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