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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

A new “Little Prince”

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,┬áBenicio 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.)

 

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