“S’il vous plaît… dessine-moi un mouton!”

(Rough translation here)

Wow, this came out of nowhere. The video up there is the just released French trailer for the upcoming animated film The Little Prince, adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s best-selling, much-adored book of the same title.

The Little Prince could be one of the most beautiful animated films of 2015,” proclaims this article in the Verge. And I don’t think it’s an exaggeration. Just from the 1:27 trailer (from which I understood approximately er, 55-60 percent?) it just feels…so magical. I didn’t even know there was a 1974 live-action version, but judging by its screen shots, I feel like at least visually, it doesn’t capture the unique sparkle and allure of the little prince…maybe I’ll give it a watch in the next few months.

Who knew animation would become so powerful? Thank you technology, and the passionate creative folk who are completely devoted to advancing this craft…

ANYWAY, sometime in the past year and a half, I finally finished reading the original story in French. I’d purchased the book and started reading for French class in high school…and alas, it’s taken over five years to finish. The margins are covered in translation notes, which just means plowing through it was quite taxing. So I should probably re-read that as well, before the new film comes out next October. I imagine it will only get more magical the second time around.