Streaming service Netflix has picked up distribution rights in America for animated feature The Little Prince, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Paramount Pictures had originally slated the title for a March 18th theatrical release, but dropped it last Saturday without any explanation. There's no word though on when The Little Prince will show up on the streaming service.
The film is the first full-length (non-musical) adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 1934 book of the same name. It combines both computer-generated and stop motion animation, and features the voices of Hollywood stars including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, and Paul Rudd. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May last year, and was fairly well received. Critics praised the animation style, but noted that the film messes about a little too much with the source material, adding a "Disneyfied empowerment yarn" that's "rather obviously taking its cue from Up."