Animation / Fantasy

The Little Prince

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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.