List of The Little Prince adaptations

List of The Little Prince adaptations

This list of The Little Prince adaptations is based on the novella (original title: Le Petit Prince) by 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 over a 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][4]

The novel has been adapted into various media over the decades, including audio recordings, movie musicals, stage, screen, ballet, opera, and an animated series.[5]

Audio adaptations

Vinyl record

Cassette tape

  • Marc André Coallier narrated Le Petit Prince, supported by Marc André Grondin, Sophie Stanké, Paul Buissoneau, Ghislain Tremblay, Gaston Lepage, Jean-Pierre Gonthier et Gilbert Lachance. The accompanying music was performed by Alexandre Stanké. Published by Coffrangants, 5400 Louis Badaillac, Carignan, Québec, Canada, J3L 4A7, and registered with the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, 1996.[6]


Film, television and leisure

Film and television

(In chronological order)

  • In 1966 Soviet Lithuanian film Mažasis princas (Russian: Маленький_принц) was made by Arūnas Žebriūnas.
  • A film musical adaptation titled The Little Prince was made in 1974 with director Stanley Donen for Paramount Pictures in 1974.[8][9][10] This film is notable chiefly in that it marked the third last collaboration of composer Frederick Loewe and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, and was their final musical. The authors were dissatisfied with the film's Hollywood treatment. Loewe refused to visit London to supervise the arrangement and recording of the score. The film was unsuccessful at the box office, but has become somewhat of a cult classic and is again available.[11][12][13]
  • A Claymation short film adaptation titled The Little Prince was created in 1979 by Will Vinton.[6]
  • 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).[14][15] 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.[16] 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.
  • The 2001 film Picture Claire (starring Juliette Lewis and Callum Keith Rennie) includes several references, including animations, to The Little Prince.
  • In the Walt Disney 2003 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.
  • Le Petit Prince is the title of 2010 French computer animated television series of 26 episodes of 52 minutes each by Method Animation.[17]
  • In 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's story. The prince will be made more attuned to children of the 21st century and will include a 3D animated movie, an animated TV series in 52 parts, a new video game, and 100 serial print story editions.
  • In 2012 The Little Prince TV series was translated into Scottish Gaelic.[18]
  • Thurop Van Orman has confirmed he is in the first stages of adapting the story into a film for Universal Studios.


  • 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.


  • 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 spoke those words often.[19]


  • French artist Joann Sfar drew an adaptation of The Little Prince, which was released in 2008 by Éditions Gallimard in France.[20]
  • The Collector's Library black and white or colour edition was translated by Ros and Chloe Schwartz, with an afterword by David Stuart Davies.


(Alphabetical by artist)

  • Song producer Nico Nico Douga used it in a Vocaloid song composed by JimmyThumP/OneRoom, titled "Little Traveler", that is based on the story.[21]
  • French singer Mylène Farmer has recorded a song, "Dessine-moi un Mouton" ("Draw me a sheep"), which alludes to The Little Prince.[22]
  • Rock Band Genesis's initial concept for their 1974 album (that became The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway) was initially The Little Prince.
  • 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.
  • Japanese band P-MODEL's album Perspective's cover art 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.[23]
  • Russian rock band Mashina Vremeni played a concert program in 1979–1980. It was 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.
  • In 2008, Taiwan female group band S.H.E released a song entitled "Planet 612", which pays tribute to The Little Prince.[24]
  • Singer/pianist Regina Spektor has a song entitled "Baobabs", the entire sowhich refers to The Little Prince and the effect it has on its readers.[25]
  • Shin Hye Sung, a popular Korean singer is nicknamed "little prince". He had a fanmeeting in Japan with the theme "le petit chamber". He also drew a fox image, which resembles the character in the book, especially for the fanmeeting.
  • American screamo/skramz 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.[26]
  • Chinese singer Laure Shang Wenjie's song "Qin Cheng" included a reading of quotes from The Little Prince.


  • Russian operatic composer Lev Knipper wrote a 3-part symphony in 1962–71, his skazka (tale) entitled Malen′kiy prints (The Little Prince), which was first performed in Moscow in 1978.[27]
  • Rachel Portman composed an opera, The Little Prince,[28] based on the book that had its stage premiere in 2003 at the Houston Grand Opera in Houston, Texas, starring Nate Irvin as The Prince and Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the role of The Pilot. It was broadcast on BBC2 in the UK on 27 November 2004, as a studio-filmed production starring Joseph McManners as The Prince and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as The Pilot.
  • German composer Nikolaus Schapfl composed a 2003 opera, The Little Prince,[29] 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.


(In chronological order)

  • A 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 Little Prince. It was revived at Shanghai Oriental Art Centre in July 2007, and in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in January 2008.[31][32][33]
  • A play adaptation, The Little Prince, was written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar in 2000.
  • 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.[34][35]
  • The Little Prince,staged as solo play by Indian actress Rashi Bunny directed by Arvind Gaur and adapted in Hindi by Capt.Rigved (2008–09)[36][37]
  • Oxford University Dramatic Society will tour a new translation and adaptation of the book to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011.
  • Portuguese drama company Byfurcação made a play adaptation under the title O Principezinho na Quinta da Regaleira, in 2011.
  • Dragonfly Theatre Co. put on an original adaptation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in November of 2012.[40][41]


Further reading

  • ISBN 978-0-8129-6717-3.