Toute l'actualité du petit prince

A meeting with Alban Cerisier

Many of the friends of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry were invited to the launch of the project of a home for the Little Prince at the chateau of Saint-Maurice de Rémens. We took advantage of the occasion to record several interviews, to talk about the plans for the chateau but also, and especially, about Antoine.
Today we feature an exclusive interview with Alban Cerisier, a palaeographer at Gallimard. Alban is an expert on Saint-Exupéry, and has written a book about the Little Prince (Il était une fois le Petit Prince by Gallimard). In the course of a stroll around the grounds of the chateau, Alban Cerisier talked to us about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Meet the Globus!

Sunsets are not the only times the Little Prince loves. Once night has fallen, he enjoys gazing at the starry sky and listening to the sounds of the night. But when he closes his eyes, all kinds of strange creatures appear! This is the next episode of the Little Prince, where our hero will be called upon to wage merciless war against intolerance and fear of the other. Have fun with this exclusive episode that will be broadcast on 9 October at 9.30 am on France 3!

The Little Prince by Cummins and Scoullar

It is often on stage that the full poetry of The Little Prince is most palpable. Directors and actors invite their audience to travel from planet to planet and into the Sahara. Among the many iconic stage versions, one we have not so far mentioned is the adaptation by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar. What is unusual about this show is that the only role played by an actor is that of the aviator. The Little Prince and all the other characters are played by puppets – a direct tribute to the world of children’s toys. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who loved to entertain children, would undoubtedly have been very proud of this adaptation of his book.

The show is currently playing at the New Victory Theatre (New York) until 16 October 2011. An after-show debate will be held on 9 October.

Find out more by watching these delightful excerpts and visiting the New Victory Theatre website.

The online store takes on the colours of the series

Children used to play at cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians. Now, in 2011, they can play at being the Little Prince. After the figurines based on the Planet of Time, here is a new range of toys and articles based on the Little Prince series.

The fox is the Little Prince’s constant companion, and a symbol in his own right: a symbol of friendship. Our little princes and princesses can now carry their own cuddly toy fox with them on their adventures.

Thanks to the series, the Little Prince has become the hero of new adventures. Now children can actually dress up as the Little Prince and brandish the famous sword he uses to bring wonderful characters to life.

And once the adventures are over for the day, they can put away their toys in a superb toy-chest in their hero’s colours and sit comfortably in the magnificent Little Prince wooden armchair as they read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book.

See more articles in the Little Prince online store.

The Little Prince as seen by Bengal

Bengal is a comic book artist born in 1976. His latest project is a new series entitled Luminae, a comic album with a magical theme. His distinctive style is also to be found in Les Chroniques de Sillage, Naja or Meka.

Discovering his vision of the Little Prince was a special moment for us. A touching tribute to both children’s play (origami) and fantasy (origami come to life). Bengal has given voice to his inner child in producing this illustrated treasure. All we can say is thank you!

Other Little Prince Comics talents.

Nikolaus Schapfl is back at work!

Reminder: Nikolaus Schapfl was six years old when he was given his very first copy of The Little Prince by his uncle. While not as yet understanding the full complexity of the book, he soon fell under the spell of the rose. He came back to the text ten years later, when he began learning French. The idea of turning the story into an opera came to him in 1990. He began sketching out the first arias, quite convinced that Saint-Exupéry’s characters had the dramatic depth necessary for the operatic stage. The work was first performed in Salzburg in 1998, followed by a series of concerts in Agay, at the Prinzregententheater in Munich and at Bluenbach Castle in Salzburg. Nikolaus Schapfl’s opera, directed by Peer Boysen, was staged at the Karlsruhe State Theatre on 25 March, before an audience of 2,500 opera-lovers, to mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Little Prince in France.

Nikolaus is a true friend of the Little Prince. On 23 October 2011, the German public, and children in particular, will be introduced to his Little Prince opera specially adapted for a younger audience.

As an introduction to the work of Nikolaus Schapfl, here is an extract from his work on the Little Prince. The footage was shot at the 2009 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry International Meeting.

Coming soon: a new book about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The book concentrates on Saint-Exupéry’s contribution as a military pilot from 1939 to 1944, during the Second World War. Its author is Christian-Antoine Gavoille, godson of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Using archive documents and previously unpublished accounts, the writer retraces Saint-Exupéry’s sometimes difficult path over the period in question. Covering the period from his assignment to air squadron 11/33 in 1939 (where he met René Gavoille, the author’s father) to his disappearance over the Mediterranean in 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry période de guerre (the war years) is a book that invites to the reader to “live” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s devotion to France alongside the man himself.

In bookstores on 20 October 2011.

For more information, check out the publisher’s website.

The Little Prince in the “society” pages of L’Express

The appearance of the Little Prince on TV channel France 3 caught the attention of L’Express magazine, which, in addition to offering a free DVD of the series, devoted an entire article to the Little Prince including interviews with a number of well-known figures. Comic book artist Jul tells how he first encountered the Little Prince when he included him in his comic parodies (the Little Prince gets beaten up by Harry Potter and Titeuf…), and explains the fascination the Little Prince exerts as “nostalgia for childhood”.

Claudie Haigneré, President of Universcience and sponsor of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, has met the Little Prince on a number of occasions. During her space flights, she enjoyed many a sunset. More surprisingly, the astronaut draws a parallel between the taming of the fox and the sciences, which she believes also need to be tamed.

Don’t miss the article; it proves, once again, that the Little Prince speaks to each of us, however differently.

Seen at Montparnasse station

The Little Prince is everywhere this autumn! Not content with investing the corridors of the Paris Metro, he has even taken up quarters in Montparnasse station! This time, however, it is in the form of the Little Prince comic albums published by Glénat. The albums have been on sale in the comic album section of all major bookstores since 7 September. Get down to your nearest bookstore to find the latest Little Prince comic book adventures!


The Réunica Little Prince featured on the Capital website

In 2010, we introduced you to Laurent Morel (head of brands and external relations) at Réunica, the health and personal insurance group that has opted to use the Little Prince for its advertising and institutional campaigns. Many of you will remember the partnership with TV show Des Racines et des ailes, which had the Little Prince and the fox introducing its Wednesday night screening. Now you can see the Réunica Little Prince decorating the home page on the website of financial and business series Capital.