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After directing the Oscar-nominated short film “More” and the live-action feature “Dropping Out,” and working on the “SpongeBob SquarePants” TV series and movie, he was contacted in 2010 by producers who wanted to make a CG-animated feature version of “The Little Prince.” cheap pointe shoes amazon. That’s when Osborne suggested the idea of telling the story with a mixture of the two animation styles, instead. That suggestion was a hit with the Saint-Exupéry estate, which includes more than 70 descendants. But to make that kind of film would require a budget of $77.5 million — a huge figure for an independent animated picture..
To interest investors and recruit collaborators, Osborne traveled around with an ornate wooden suitcase designed by a model maker involved in the stop-motion animated movie “Coraline.” Powered by double-A batteries, the case has stars that light up, glasses that show the different styles of animation he envisioned and a reproduction of Saint-Exupéry’s handwritten manuscript. When Osborne showed the case to composer Hans Zimmer, Zimmer folded his arms and asked, “What are you doing to my book?” Ultimately the composer signed on to do the film’s score cheap pointe shoes amazon.
Osborne sought out scripts written by Orson Welles, who had planned to direct and star in an adaptation of “The Little Prince” as his follow-up to “Citizen Kane” but never did. The animator also drew upon Jacques Tati’s film “Playtime” and Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” for design inspiration. Both the CG and stop-motion animation crews worked in Montreal, and embedded nods to the book’s origins in France. The writing on the pages of the neighbor’s magical text, for instance, is in French cheap pointe shoes amazon.
Since the 2015 premiere of “The Little Prince” at the Cannes film festival, Osborne has attended premieres in 12 countries cheap pointe shoes amazon. In Japan, where the distributor sold the film as a mother-daughter story, many audiences assumed Osborne had designed the Little Girl as Japanese. (The filmmaker says he didn’t.). “Parents in Italy say, ‘This is really about Italy, isn’t it?’ ” Osborne notes. “In China, they say, ‘This is really about China, isn’t it?’ I never wanted people to think, ‘Oh, an American made this movie.’ ”..
On the strength of favorable reviews and fans’ affection for the book, “The Little Prince” has so far grossed more than $97 million worldwide. In the U.S., where animation is often considered a children’s medium, a release to theaters proved trickier. So Netflix picked up the film after Paramount dropped the U.S. rights last spring cheap pointe shoes amazon. Osborne says he sees the movie ideally as a dialogue between adults and kids. “If kids read it, it plants a seed that blossoms later in life, just like any profound experience a child might have,” Osborne says. “Kids don’t necessarily understand it, but they feel it..