List of The Little Prince adaptations

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This list of The Little Prince adaptations is based on the novella of the same name (original title: Le Petit Prince) by the French writer, poet and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The illustrated book was first published in 1943. The novella is both the most read and most translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects (including braille),[1][2] selling close to two million copies per year with sales totalling more than 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.[3]

Due to the story's wide appeal, the novella has been adapted into various media over the decades, including audio recordings, graphic novel, movie musicals, movie screen, animated series, live stage theatre, ballet and opera.[4]

Audio adaptations[edit]

Vinyl record[edit]

A short recording by Richard Burton narrating The Little Prince, excerpted from the longer 33⅓ RPM vinyl record album. Burton won the Best Children's Album Grammy Award for his narration (1975).

Radio broadcasts[edit]

Cassette tape and CD[edit]

  • 1959: An audio cassette adaptation in German, with Will Quadflieg in the role of narrator.
  • 1994: Adapted to a CD, by Matthew Mancini and others, with music by Fabio Concato, directed by Marco Carniti, on the EMI label from Milan, Italy in 1994
  • 1996: Marc André Coallier narrated Le Petit Prince, supported by Marc-André Grondin, Sophie Stanké, Paul Buissoneau, Ghislain Tremblay, Gaston Lepage, Jean-Pierre Gonthier and Gilbert Lachance. The accompanying music was performed by Alexandre Stanké.[10]
  • 1998: A CD adaptation is directed by Romain Victo-Pujebet, with rumors of Philippe Leroy, Lella Costa with original music by Olivier Priszlak, released in Paris by Gallimard and in Milan by Pontaccio.
  • 1999: An audiobook adaptation on the Patmos label, read by Ulrich Mühe, wins a Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik award in 2000 (ISBN 3-491-24058-1).
  • 2009: Hörbuch von Rausch (Ecstasy Audiobook) adaptation of Der kleine Prinz, with a new translation narrated by Jan Josef Liefers

Film and television[edit]

  • 1966: A Soviet–Lithuanian film adaptation Mažasis princas (Russian: Маленький_принц), was made by Arūnas Žebriūnas.
  • 1966: The German DDR network broadcasts a TV movie of Der Kleine Prinz by Konrad Wolf
  • 1974: The first English film musical adaptation, titled The Little Prince, directed by Stanley Donen for Paramount Pictures, debuted to mixed reviews[11][12][13] The film is notable chiefly in that it marked the third last "Lerner and Loewe" collaboration (referring to lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe), which was also their final musical. The authors were dissatisfied with the film's Hollywood treatment, with Loewe subsequently refusing to visit London to supervise the arrangement and recording of its musical score. The film was unsuccessful at the box office, but has become somewhat of a cult classic, featuring Bob Fosse, who choreographed his own dance sequences as The Snake, and Gene Wilder who played The Fox.[11][12]
  • 1978: The Adventures of the Little Prince, a Japanese anime series based on the book, aired in Europe and North America in the 1970s and 1980s. The show was made by the Knack animation studio and first aired in Japan in 1978 under the title Hoshi no Ōjisama Puchi Purinsu (星の王子さま プチ・プリンス?, Prince of the Stars: Petit Prince).[12][14] In it, the little prince often traveled to Earth to help people. During the 1980s, the English-language version was aired in the United States on Nickelodeon, as internationally produced animation often was.[13] The English version featured Julie Dees (later voiced by veteran voice actress Katie Leigh) in the role of the Little Prince and is available on DVD from Koch Vision.[citation needed]
1978: A Russian animated series Приключения Маленького принца (The Adventures of the Little Prince) is produced by Franklin Kofod.
1990: A French film adaptation is released as Le Petit Prince by Jean-Louis Guillermou, with Guy Gravis, Daniel Royan and Alexandre Warner.
  • 2001: The film Picture Claire (starring Juliette Lewis and Callum Keith Rennie) includes several references, including animations, to The Little Prince.[citation needed]
  • 2003: In The Walt Disney TV movie Eloise at the Plaza, The Little Prince played an important part in the Prince's plot. His mother read the book to him and several quotes from the book appeared in the movie as well.[citation needed]
  • 2004: An operatic adaptation based on the music of Rachel Portman was broadcast on the UK's BBC Two television network on November 27, 2004, as a studio-filmed production starring Joseph McManners as The Prince and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as The Pilot, and later released as a DVD.[17][18]
  • 2010: Le Petit Prince is the title of 2010 French computer animated television series of 52 episodes of 26 minutes each by Method Animation. The Little Prince is voiced by Gabriel Bismuth-Bienaimé, and The Rose by Marie Gillain.[19]
  • 2011: Oliver d'Agay of the Saint-Exupéry–d'Agay Estate, responsible for author's intellectual property and head of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, reached an agreement with the author's original French publisher and others on creating updated adaptations of The Little Prince story. In the new adaptations The Prince is made more attuned to children of the 21st century and include a new 3D animated movie, as well as an animated TV series in 52 parts, a new video game, and 100 serial print story editions.[20] The TV series is produced in collaboration with France Télévisions, TV5 Monde, the Swiss Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR) and the Italian Rai Fiction, and licensed for distribution in many countries worldwide. The animated movie is titled as Le Petit Prince 4D, produced by nWave Pictures, with effects by Parc du Futuroscope.
2011: Der kleine Prinz is produced for DVD in Berlin, directed by Lorenz Christian Köhler.


The novella has been transformed into ballet productions on a number of occasions, including in:

Graphic novel[edit]

Operas and musical productions[edit]

One of numerous live stage musical adaptations of Saint-Exupéry's child and adult fable, this one at the Lycée Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Santiago, Chile (2011)
2003: Opera composer Nikolaus Schapfl composes, Der Kleine Prinz in German,[35] after first obtaining the rights from the author's heirs in 1998. The opera is in two acts and calls for 11 soloists, chorus and orchestra. As of 2007, it has been performed 25 times in seven other European cities by five different orchestras and ensembles. In 2005, it was broadcast by Bavarian Classic Radio.

Live theatre dramas[edit]

  • 1950: The first German theatrical adaptation of Der Kleine Prinz is created by puppeteer Rudolf Fischer.[36]
  • 1971: An Italian theatrical adaptation is produced by Remo Rostagno and Bruna Pilgrims as Il piccolo principe di Saint-Exupéry, letto, interpretato e riscritto da un gruppo di bambini di undici anni (The Little Prince by Saint-Exupéry, read, interpreted and rewritten by a group of children of eleven years of age).[37]
  • 1994: Adapted to live theatre in Italian as Il piccolo principe, featuring Maria Antonietta and Giuseppina Canapa, at the Aperto Theater in Osimo, Ancona, Italy
  • 2000: A play adaptation of The Little Prince, was written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar.[citation needed]
  • 2002: The French-language musical, Le Petit Prince, by composer Riccardo Cocciante, ran at the Casino de Paris from October 2002 to January 2003. Daniel Lavoie played The Pilot while Jeff Tetedoie played The Prince. It was reprised at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre in July 2007, and in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in January 2008 with lyrics by Elizabeth Anais.[38][7][38]
  • 2005: Peter Joucla adapted and directed a version for Tour de Force Theatre which toured Germany between October and December 2005, produced by American Drama Group Europe.[39]
  • 2008: The Little Prince was staged as a solo play by Indian actress Rashi Bunny directed by Arvind Gaur and adapted to Hindi by Capt. Rigved (2008–09)[40][4]
2008: The Hampstead Theatre in London, England produced a theatre adaptation of The Little Prince, which ran from December 2008 to January 2009.[41][42]
2008: A French theater adaptation with interactive video is produced by the group Theatre Trois Hangars, staged by Jean-Louis Kamoun with Nils Kasch (as The Prince ), Julien Asselin (The Aviator), Nans Combes (all other characters) and Olivier Durand (video).[43]
  • 2011: The Portuguese drama company Byfurcação produces a theatrical adaptation under the title O Principezinho na Quinta da Regaleira.[citation needed]
2011: The Oxford University Dramatic Society scheduled a tour of a new translation and adaptation of the book to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011.[citation needed]
2011: Serbian director Srdjan Simic produces a Russian language adaptation in Moscow, Маленького принца, based on The Little Prince, in which the story is set in Kosovo.

Music and cultural references[edit]

  • 1974: Rock band Genesis's initial concept for their 1974 album (that became The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway) was initially The Little Prince.[citation needed]
  • 1979: The Russian rock band Mashina Vremeni played a concert program in 1979–1980, called The Little Prince and included intersong quotations from the book. The whole concept of the program (the live version was released in 2000) was based on the story and the philosophy of the book.[citation needed]
  • 1994: Le Petit Prince à La Geode, a multimedia show with music by Giuseppe Verdi and Claude Debussy, was produced by Gianni Ravens and Pierre Goismier at the Géode Music Hall in Paris, France
  • 1997: An orchestral suite is conducted by Nicholas Schapfl, in Shanghai, China
  • 1999: Jana Kirschner, a lead slovak singer has a song "Fox", named after a character from the book. The lyrics of the song deal with the relationship between The Little Prince and The Fox.[citation needed]
  • 2002: The cover art of the Japanese band P-MODEL's album Perspective was inspired by the book; the album also includes the song A Large Snake (うわばみ Uwabami?), whose lyrics (written by P-MODEL member Susumu Hirasawa), also reference the book.[46]
2002: The U.S. screamo band The Saddest Landscape takes their name from the closing passage of The Little Prince, and one of their songs, "Forty Four Sunsets", refers to one of the book's episodes.[47][48]
2006: Singer–pianist Regina Spektor has a song entitled "Baobabs", which refers to The Little Prince and the effect it has on its readers. The song entitled 'Baobabs "was included in their special edition edition vinyl album, Begin to Hope , released in June 2006.[50]
  • 2008: The Taiwanese female group band S.H.E released a song entitled "Planet 612", which pays tribute to The Little Prince.[51]
  • 2010: Song producer Nico Nico Douga used it in a Vocaloid song composed by JimmyThumP/OneRoom, titled "Little Traveler", that is based on the story.[52]

Other cultural references[edit]

An asana posture displayed at StarSlight Yoga, its name inspired by a passage from The Little Prince (2012).
  • 1970s: Actor James Dean's fondness for the work extended to his memorizing most of its passages. The nickname of his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, "The Little Bastard", is a play on words of his favorite book. A stylized sculpture in memorial to Dean was built in Cholame, California during the late 1970s. It carries a plaque quoting the Little Prince that reads "What is essential is invisible to the eye." He reportedly quoted the phrase often.[53]
  • 2012: A non-profit, founded in California by Ellianne Kadence, is named StarSlight Yoga, derived from The Little Prince passage: “All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems... But all these stars are silent. You, —you alone will have stars as no one else has them... In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night..You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted you will be content that you have known me... You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure... It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh".


  • 2003: The boardgame, Der Kleine Prinz, designed by Kai Haferkamp, and published by Kosmos, 2003, is a semi-cooperative game where the players try to help the little prince "tame the fox" by performing activities and guessing games, somewhat like Cranium.
  • 2011: The video game Super Mario Galaxy has many similarities to the descriptions and pictures from the original book.[20]
  • 2013: Another tabletop game, The Little Prince: Make Me A Planet, designed by Antoine Bauza (author of famous 7 Wonders) and Bruno Cathala, is a competitive game having players collect sets of themed pieces to build their own planet and then score it according to their characters by number of sheep, roses, lamp posts etc. they managed to collect.


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