Toute l'actualité du petit prince

Marylène, enthusiast and lecturer


Her meeting with Saint-Exupéry came at a very painful period in her life. From that meeting, however, was born a new outlook on both herself and on life. Rather than keeping what she had learned to herself, however, after many readings Marylène now gives lectures in which she tells her audience what kind of man Saint-Exupéry, author and aviator, truly was.

Enjoy one of the most touching of our portraits.


Seen on Internet: a Little Prince cosplay


Have you heard about cosplay? It’s the latest craze, spawned in Japan and now spreading worldwide. The principle is simple: the cosplayer makes a costume in the style of his or her favourite hero (often drawn from a comic strip or video game) to wear at cosplayer conventions and special events. Trawling the Web, we came across pictures of Asian cosplayers decked out as the Little Prince. The event in question was the 2008 Manila Book Fair in the Philippines.

Hats off to these gifted costume designers and the touch of class they bring to every new creation! A lot of thought has clearly gone into the representation of the fox and the snake, just as it has into costumes for recent Little Prince shows and operas. We know very little about the influence of the Little Prince in countries like the Philippines. Yet again, however, it is clear that the visual world of a tale written way back in 1943 is able to inspire a new generation.

 

 

Find out more by visiting the site where we found these superb designs.

Have you heard about cosplay? It’s the latest craze, spawned in Japan and now spreading worldwide. The principle is simple: the cosplayer makes a costume in the style of his or her favourite hero (often drawn from a comic strip or video game) to wear at cosplayer conventions and special events. Trawling the Web, we came across pictures of Asian cosplayers decked out as the Little Prince. The event in question was the 2008 Manila Book Fair in the Philippines.

Tread the boards with the Little Prince


If you’ve just read or heard the Little Prince, you should know that the story has also been adapted for the stage on a number of occasions. As a traditional play or a musical comedy, the Little Prince has inspired and continues to inspire directors the world over. In France, we are familiar with the brilliant adaptations by Virgil Tanase and Stéphane Pezerat. Next we’ll be telling you about an adaptation to the theatre in Japan.

There is a whole section on the subject, so why not make the most of the weekend to find out more about those who have taken the Little Prince onto the stage?


Kaze tells us the story of the Little Prince!


As Japan licks its wounds, we wanted to tell you about a stage adaptation of the Little Prince. Behind the adaptation is Kaze, one of Japan’s most famous acting troupes. To whet your appetite for the forthcoming interview with the theatre company, we have a short extract from the show, which features song, dance and theatre. Despite the language barrier, the work touched our hearts… the Little Prince truly is universal. A more detailed article is to follow but, until then, here are some extracts from the show and some photographs.


The Little Prince weeps for Japan


No need to remind you of the painful events unfolding in Japan. The Little Prince (Oshino Ojisame, the Prince from the Stars, in Japanese) has very close ties to a country that boasts no fewer than thirty different translations of Saint-Exupéry’s tale. It is also the country where numerous researchers, including Hiroshi Mino, a university professor to whom we feel very close, have dedicated so many works to the Little Prince and his author. The country that has a museum in Hakone dedicated to Saint-Exupéry and his Little Prince, and where the Little Prince only recently occupied the Yorii service area.  In Japan, the world of the Little Prince is often likened to that of film director Hayao Miyazaki, who actually wrote the foreword to the album of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s collected drawings and watercolours, published by Editions Gallimard. Perhaps it is the possible connections to aspects of Zen teaching that have made Saint-Exupéry and his Little Prince so popular in Japan. Today, our thoughts go out especially to Mrs. Hakiko Torii, who has headed all the projects relating to the Little Prince in Japan for the past 25 years.

All of which goes to explain why we, the friends of the Little Prince here and around the world, are so saddened to witness the misfortunes of a country that is also, in some small way, our own.

If you would like to do something to help, please visit the Red Cross website.



Exclusive trailer ! For the 4D ride movie of The Little Prince !


From 1st July 2011, visitors to the Futuroscope will be able to accompany the Little Prince on a new adventure to the heart of the Planet of Music. Meet up with the Little Prince and the Fox on asteroid B612 to go in search of the missing Rose. Expect the journey to full of poetry, fun, sensations and emotions!

Now watch our exlclusive trailer for this 4D adventure !

 


The Little Prince musical in Russia


First France, then Brazil… now we’d like to present The Little Prince stage show in Russia. Scripted by Andrey Niantchouk, the story is adapted as a musical featuring an extensive cast of artistes bringing Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story to life. Take a look at an extract from the show, which premiered in 2007 and since then seems to taken Russia by storm. A special mention must go to the Fox’s costume: what a triumph!

 


Look out for the Little Prince’s QR code!


A QR code is a two-dimensional matrix made up of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. QR stands for Quick Response, since the code allows its data content to be read at high speed.
Readable by dedicated QR code readers or a smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry, etc.), QR code is in fact an Internet address encoded in two dimensions.
You can find QR codes on products in the online store: point to the code with your smartphone and you’ll be directed straight to the official Little Prince Facebook page. Soon, the QR code will take you on to exclusive content and a dedicated website.

Tell your friends!


Children write to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


We were amazed by Stéphane Pezerat’s play, and we were not the only ones. Remember, at the end of the book (and of the play), Saint-Exupéry sends us this message: “Then, if a child comes towards you, if he laughs, if he has golden locks and if he refuses to answer questions, you will surely guess who he is. So be kind! Do not leave me grieving. Write to me quickly to tell me that he has come back…
Pupils at the Le Parc de Saint-Symphorien school in Ozon have done just what Saint-Exupéry asked, writing to tell him about an imaginary encounter with the Little Prince!
Today we have an initial selection for you of their funny, moving letters, full of bright ideas for telling Saint-Exupéry that his Little Prince has come back. Just like in the book, the words are accompanied by drawings.

If you haven’t seen our report on the adaptation by Stéphane Pezerat, it’s never too late!


The Fox medallions: an outstanding gift idea


They are made with all the skill and artistry of the Monnaie de Paris, the Paris Mint, which we have often had occasion to mention on this site.  Now the Monnaie de Paris proposes a medallion featuring our favourite character: the Fox. The star that appears at the top of medallion is rich in meaning, if you think back to the words of the Little Prince…
The medallions are made from 750/1000 (18 carat) yellow gold.
The Little Prince online store offers two models: one 14mm in diameter, the other 18mm in diameter.

Take a look at them right now in the online store!