by Ali Berman
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The much loved French novella Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is being made into an animated version for television. Only this time, it’s with an eco twist. The character will now be “an ambassador for sustainable development.” The 3D animated series will debut on France 3 on Christmas.

Le Petit Prince was not one of my childhood favorites, so I can’t comment on whether or not this eco minded change is an affront to the source material. This guy at The Telegraph sure thinks it’s a bad choice. However, inserting socially responsible themes into children’s programming is often an admirable move. Kids connect to the characters and want to emulate them. From there, you get tiny eco warriors who grow up to be caring green adults.

For now, the trailer only seems to be available in French, but you can view it here. Perhaps an English translation will come out eventually on dvd.

Via The Telegraph

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Remy-Chevalier/754430220 Remy Chevalier

    I don’t know if I like this. The idea of a blond white boy again portraying what can be easily misconstrued as a self- righteous cause doesn’t bid well, with me. The whole idea of the book was that it indeed played on the misguided superiority of the star character, in a time of global wars. I don’t know if this new incarnation is exploitation. I’d have to see the final product. I just think French people, who don’t generally take too kindly to tampering with icons will react to this.