Toute l'actualité du petit prince

People are talking about the Little Prince series


The new series of the Little Prince is starting to attract attention in the press. We have a round-up of recent articles about the series that have appeared in the national press.The November edition ofLire magazine features an article on the series and explains how the project was designed for adaptation to children’s TV.On the 20 Minutes website, series producer Aton Soumache and France Télévisions’ head of youth programming Julien Borde talk about the series and explain the choices they made. 


2010 Saint-Exupéry Prize: the winners


Established in 1986 by Solange Marchal (Paris Councillor), Dr. Françoise Dolto and Paul Guth of the Académie Française, the Valeurs Jeunesse (youth values) Prize continues to be a big success, particularly in terms of its jury, which includes young readers, and as a springboard for the careers of prize-winning authors. 

The 2010 winners are:

L’amour en cage by Maryvonne Rippert – published by Seuil Jeunesse, in the novel category.

Malinga, Reine des Bonobos by Florence Guiraud – published by Seuil Jeunesse, in the album category.

Un avion dans la nuit by Maryse Rouy  – Hurtubise (Canada), in the Francophony category.

Find out more by visiting the  Prix Saint-Exupéry – Valeurs Jeunesse website.


Closing days of the Monsieur Poulet contest


The tee shirt contest on the Monsieur Poulet website is drawing to a close. You have until 14 November to vote for your favourite tee shirt. Contestants have shown enormous creativity and a great deal of poetic inspiration. 

Vote now on the Monsieur Poulet website, before it’s too late.


And now the Master Clockmaker


 

His job is to keep the Planet of Time turning, a demanding task that the Clockmaker, now an old man, finds exhausting. In a moment of weariness and doubt, the snake whispers his evil counsels into the Clockmaker’s ear.  When the Little Prince and the fox arrive, the planet is in turmoil and great danger, sorely in need of their help. The Master Clockmaker is the first grown-up to whom the Little Prince offers his aid, so don’t miss this first adventure.


The snake and his dark ideas


And now here is how the snake will finally look, accompanied by all his dark ideas. These are what the snake uses to sow disorder among the planets.  These ideas undermine everything that works on a planet, and they bar the way of the Little Prince as he seeks to investigate what is wrong. They are generated by the unhappiness of grown-ups, in whose ears the snake is forever whispering his evil counsel. Actor Guillaume Gallienne, whom we are more used to seeing playing comedy characters, lends his voice to the snake. Quite an achievement to get inside the mind of this enigmatic character.


…and the fox


We’ve already shown you the black and white drawing, but now it is our pleasure to present the fox in all his glory. Mischievous, teasing and sometimes even a little grouchy, the fox follows the Little Prince like his shadow. The fox is undoubtedly the character that will bring the most smiles to children’s faces – when he isn’t actually making them laugh out loud on their very first acquaintance.


The rose as you will see her…


After the initial sketches, here for you to admire is the rose as she will appear on TV. Although in the book she was something of a “difficult” character, here we find a rose impatiently waiting for letters from the Little Prince, who has set off in pursuit of the snake. At a press conference, actress Marie Gillain who voices the rose in the series, spoke lovingly of the character she plays: “In the animated series, the rose is enormously gentle, she is the Little Prince’s confidante and the echo of his emotions.


And now, the Little Prince!


 

Feeling a certain sense of déjà vu? Yes, that is indeed the Little Prince all dressed in his finest, in the same clothes Saint-Exupéry depicted in the story. For the TV series, the Little Prince’s long coat has been embellished with stars and shining symbols reminiscent of a constellation… 

 

It’s all there, even the sword that, for the Little Prince, is first and foremost an instrument of creation for dealing with the problems posed by the snake and his dark ideas: like a paintbrush, the sword brings the Little Prince’s ideas to life.

 

If you look, you will notice that the stars on his epaulettes are the same as the ones Saint-Exupéry painted in his watercolours.


Back in time: Saint-Exupéry in colour


 

Have you heard of Culturebox ? It’s the giant video wall on TV channel FR3′s website where you can watch replays of cultural reports by the channel’s regional and national news teams. Here’s your chance to see (or replay) the report on the auction of a film snippet, in colour, showing Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his wife in Canada. The film raises certain questions given that in his letters, Saint-Exupéry claims to be depressed, and yet on screen he is all smiles.

 

The full report is coming soon to the Little Prince website!

Découvrez Un film montrant Antoine de Saint Exupéry vendu aux enchères sur Culturebox !


We have a date with the fox


Ask anyone to choose their favourite passage from The Little Prince, and the answer you often get is “the fox and his secret”. The fox who speaks to the Little Prince has left his mark on all of us, because he speaks to the Little Prince, of course, but also because he speaks to us about friendship.

 

Like the rose and the snake, the fox is one of the characters featuring in the Little Prince animated TV. We have an exclusive for you with this preparatory sketch. As you will see, this fox is different from the one in Saint-Exupéry’s watercolours. An original character that reminds us a little of the fennec Saint-Exupéry once tamed…

 

Until the final character is revealed in full colour and animation, we can tell you that the fox is something of a comic character, deadpan, mischievous, but as attached as ever to his Little Prince.

 

More exclusive news coming soon on the series that will be making headlines!