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Anthro animation coming from Paramount Pictures

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The Hollywood Reporter has announced Paramount Pictures Corp.’s forthcoming animated features from its Paramount Animation division for the next four years, 2016 through 2019. All of them include anthropomorphic characters.

First up will be the already-released-in-Europe French feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 classic The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince). It has already been filmed around the world as live-action features and animated serializations as well as dramatized as audio recordings, radio serials, an opera, a ballet, etc. Saint-Exupéry’s story is not long enough for a feature film, so the movie, directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), presents it as a flashback within a new story about an old man (the Aviator) telling the story of long-ago crashing his plane in the Sahara desert and meeting the Little Prince, to a Little Girl raised to be a strictly materialistic “scientific” child prodigy, bringing fantasy into her life. The movie is a combination of computer graphics (the modern story) and stop-motion animation (Saint-Exupéry’s story as a flashback), by Mikros Image in Montreal, Quebec. The anthropomorphization? The Little Prince meets a talking fox, snake and flower. It was released in France on October 7th, 2015. Paramount Animation will release it in the U.S. on March 18th, 2016, in an American voice dub with Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks and Bud Cort.

Further releases are mostly only titles at this point. Chris Wedge’s Monster Trucks, a live-action/CGI hybrid, is coming on January 13th, 2017. Sherlock Gnomes, with voices by Johnny Depp, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, is announced for January 12th, 2018. SpongeBob SquarePants 3 is in production for February 8th, 2019. Also for 2019 is Amusement Park with voices by Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenan Thompson and Mila Kunis, on March 22nd, 2019.

Remember that these are announced dates only. It’s not unusual for movies scheduled for six months or more ahead to have their release dates moved up or postponed.

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It seems really unusual for a US release for a movie to follow 8 or 9 months after the French release date - even if it is a French film. I see that illicit downloads of The Little Prince have popped up online this week, and since that's the only way to see the movie here until March, that will probably weaken its opening weekend stateside.

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Yes, except that it's not that unusual. The 2013 Argentine "Metegol" ('Underdogs") has already been released in many countries, including the U.K. as "The Unbeatables", but not the U.S. yet. You can find the whole movie in the original Latin American Spanish on YouTube. The German "Ooops! Noah ist Weg" was released in the U.K. last year as "Two By Two"; the U.S. release as "All Creatures Big and Small" is still coming. You can see the whole original German movie on YouTube.

Fred Patten

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics