Star-Studded 'Little Prince' Goes to Netflix After Dropped by Paramount

The critically-acclaimed and internationally-successful animation will finally be distributed in the United States.

AceShowbiz - "The Little Prince", which was abandoned by Paramount close to its release date, has found a new home. It was announced on Thursday, March 17 that streaming giant Netflix had purchased the star-studded animated movie and picked up the American distribution rights.

Paramount has not stated why they dropped "Little Prince" earlier this week. The film earned rave reviews when premiered at Cannes Film Festival last year. The French film grossed $81 million internationally through various distributors and was the highest-grossing animated film in France. It also earned a Cesar Award and praise from critics for its stunning stop-motion and CG animation mix.

Based on classic French children's tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "The Little Prince" is about a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert who encounters a mysterious young boy claiming to be an inerplanetary traveller on a mission to return to the small asteroid he calls home, and their subsequent dialogue about philosophy, imagination, and human nature.

Oscar nominee Mark Osborne directed the film which was originally set to be released on U.S. theaters on March 18. Voicing the characters are %cJames Franco%, %cRachel McAdams%, %cJeff Bridges%, %cPaul Rudd%, %cMarion Cotillard%, %cBenicio Del Toro%, %cRicky Gervais% and %cPaul Giamatti%.

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