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A cinematic adaptation of “The Little Prince,” Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved 1943 novella, is a risky proposition. There have been adaptations before, including the live-action version directed by Stanley Donen in 1974, but none have really captured the magic of the original book, or have done justice to Saint-Exupery’s distinctive, cherished drawings. Now, however, “The Little Prince” (“Hoshi no Ojisama to Watashi”) has opened in Japan, approximately four months before its U.S. release, slated for March 18, 2016.

Back in June, director Mark Osborne and the movie’s character supervisor, Hidetaka Yosumi, came to Tokyo for an early promotional tour, and to show the press some of the completed footage. (At this point the movie was still in postproduction.)

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