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The Little Prince and Gumby – Unique Connections

Gumby and The Little Prince have a few things in common, so it was with great anticipation that we watched The Little Prince feature film on Netflix on the opening night in the U.S. this month. >>Watch the trailer.

The Little PrinceThe film is based on the famous and timeless French novella, The Little Prince (published in 1943), which is one of the best-selling books of all time. The film is beautiful. This adaptation captures the wondrous spirit of the book with an amazing blend of stop motion animation and CG artistry.

Connections with Gumby

Gumby creator Art Clokey was acquainted with Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author of the The Little Prince. Antoine was a pioneering aviator who had recounted his aviation experiences in the Sahara Desert in both his memoirs and in The Little Prince. Art Clokey was a reconnaissance photographer in World War II, stationed in North Africa. He had some similar experiences as Antoine, and even met him in the early 1940s. Art told us that the Gumby episode “Small Planets“ was loosely influenced by The Little Prince. You can see the kindred spirit of the little girl’s yearning for imagination, fun and adventure in Gumby.The Little Prince

Jumping forward to 2014-2016, our very own Gumby Animation Director Anthony Scott served as lead animator on The Little Prince. Anthony got his start as a stop motion animator in the late ’80s when Art Clokey hired him to work on the Gumby series. Anthony has gone on to work on other amazing stop motion films such as James and the Giant PeachThe Nightmare Before ChristmasCoralineCorpse Bride, Paranorman, and many more.

Animator Anthony Scott Shares his Experiences

“The Little Prince was a once-in-a-lifetime project that I was fortunate to be a part of. Since I was a child, I was familiar with the book, especially its strange and fascinating illustrations. Our core team including Jamie Caliri (Stop Motion Creative Director and founder of Dragonframe stop motion software) and Alexander Juhasz (Stop Motion Production Designer) and myself, set up a small studio in Montréal, Canada. We put together a top-notch crew of local talent to produce the stop motion sequences in Mark Osborne‘s film.

Saint-Exupery’s story was told through the use of paper puppets. Like clay, paper is a beautiful material to work with in stop motion animation. These sequences have received world-wide acclaim and I feel, have effectively connected with the spirit of The Little Prince.”

Hear from the Team that Created the Film

For more details about the stop motion production, watch these podcasts:

AnimateClay Live Stop Motion Chat Podcast
Featuring:

  • Alexander Juhasz (Character Designer/Production Designer)
  • Anthony Scott (Lead Animator)

Skwigly Podcast 
The talents behind the stop-motion in The Little Prince:

  • Anthony Scott (Lead Animator)
  • Corinne Merrell (Art Director)
  • Jamie Caliri (Creative Director)
  • Alexander Juhasz (Character Designer/Production Designer)

Read more about the Little Prince here.

Enjoy The Little Prince!

 

 

 

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