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Bonjour, Petit Prince

by KB Meniado

I’ve never been a huge fan of things that are French, e.g. Paris is not high up on my Travel Bucket List and I can count on only one hand the French films I have seen. (I do like French Fries, which aren’t really French, and the word merde.) So it isn’t hard for me to say that The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is not in my list of favorite books.

But then I saw the trailer for the 2015 remake.

To be released by Paramount Pictures next year, “Le Petit Prince” has a promising shine to it. It uses more than one animation style and has a star-studded voice cast that includes Rachel McAdam, James Franco, Jeff Bridges and Marion Cotillard.

Now in the two times I’ve read the book, I’ve always found it strange. So when I saw the first few seconds of the trailer, I felt thrown back to an even stranger world. Who are these people???

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It’s fine, though. I could take an uptight-looking mom and an overly studious girl.

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The letter says ‘STOP STUDYING’

Oooh, gotchoo. This remake takes to heart a refreshing retelling of the story, bringing in new angles and characters. I feel like picking the book up again, especially after seeing these:

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Bonjour

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“Five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for.” – The Little Prince

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What is so cute is visible to the eye

And what would we make of the Little Prince without the Pilot, eh?

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Because the trailer was in French thankyouverymuch, I could only guess that Grandpa Pilot is little girl’s grandfather. Who else would be flying paper airplanes into her window and know that she’d be there to pick the pages up?

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But I wonder how extreme the remake is going to go. For example, does the little girl know it’s his grandfather sending her the pages? And is the grandfather really the Pilot? I guess I’d have to wait for the movie to see.

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Which is a long wait ahead.

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Watch the second international trailer, which is just as adorable, here.

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KB Meniado is bookbed’s Head Cheer Reader. In the words of writer Orhan Pamuk, she read a book one day and her whole life was changed. Follow her @heykebe on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.

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