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A very French look at 'The Little Prince'
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An animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beloved "" is set to bow in the U.S. in 2015.The just-released trailer for 2015's "The Little Prince" is rather magnifique. 

Directed by Mark Osborne ("Kung Fu Panda"), the upcoming adaptation will bring Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beloved novella into the 21st century through the eyes of a young girl.

Although the first trailer, which was released internationally this week, is entirely in French, you can still get the gist: Amid the busy schedule of the modern day, a studious kid discovers the Little Prince through a friendship she develops with an older gentleman next door.It seems that seasoned neighbor is the pilot of de Saint-Exupery's rich story, which tells of an aviator who crashes in the Sahara and encounters a young prince full of stories about the far-off asteroid he came from."I've flown almost everywhere in the world ... until something miraculous happened," the old man says in the trailer, according to a few translations. "I've always wanted to find someone to share my story with, but I think this world, it's become too adult. It's only the beginning of the story!"

 

The 2015 animated retelling stars some major actors, including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Benicio del Toro. "Interstellar" actress Mackenzie Foy provides the voice of the young girl.

 

About the book

The Little Prince, first published in 1943, is a novella and the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (19001944).The novella is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France.

 

The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. And it’s an allegory of Saint-Exupéry's own life—his search for childhood certainties and interior peace, his mysticism, his belief in human courage and brotherhood.

 

Though ostensibly styled as a children's book, The Little Prince makes several observations about life and human nature. For example, Saint-Exupéry tells of a fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth. The story's essence is contained in the lines uttered by the fox to the little prince: One sees clearly only with the heart;What is essential is invisible to the eye. Other key thematic messages are articulated by the fox, such as: You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed, and It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.

 

The fox's messages are arguably the book's most famous quotations because they deal with human relationships.

 

trailer     预告片

magnifique 精彩的

asteroid   小行星

pioneering 先锋, 开辟者

aviator    飞行员; 飞行家

illustrations插图

allegory   寓言

ostensibly 表面上

Edited by sherry(冯露

 
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