An impressive voice cast has signed on for a new animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved novel “The Little Prince.” Jeff Bridges will voice the pilot who crash-lands in the desert, finding alittle boy who says he is a prince. Marion Cotillard has been offered the role of a rose, and other roles will be voiced by James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Benicio Del Toro, Mackenzie Foy and Paul Giamatti. Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”) will direct.
This of course makes me think of the 1974 Stanley Donen live-action musical version of “The Little Prince,” which features a spectacularly odd yet rather wonderful performance by Bob Fosse as a hissing, slithering, swivel-hipped snake. (Fosse, a legendary choreographer and director on Broadway who later went on to direct movies, hadn’t appeared on film since 1958.) Here he is, performing “A Snake in the Grass” — and no, Fosse’s not a great singer, but hang on for the dance in the last two minutes (and remember, he’s dancing on sand).
(A lot of people on YouTube think this dance is a precursor of Michael Jackson’s style. I wouldn’t argue.)