See the Wonderful Original Sketches for the New Animated Film The Little Prince

With the release of animated feature film The Little Prince on Friday, Netflix has released a series of beautifully detailed sketches used for the original film.

The Little Prince premiered on Netflix on Friday in the UK and selected countries, and to mark the occasion Netflix released a series of behind-the-scenes sketches used for the original fill.

The film is the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's s 1943 novel Le Petit Prince.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator in the early 1900s.

Le Petit Prince is his most famous work - the novel has been translated into more than 250 languages.

Director Mark Osborne and writers Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti adapt Antoine's story of a young girl and her protective mother who strives to prepare her daughter for the real world, only before The Little Girl meets her eccentric neighbour The Aviator.

The Aviator introduces The Little Girl to his new friend The Little Prince, and they embark on a journey through the mysterious world of The Little Prince.

The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood, and realises that human relationship is the most fundamental aspect of life.

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The adorable facial features and expressions of the main characters and others they meet along the journey are seen in the detail of these original sketches before the series was translated into stop-motion animation and CGI.

The film had an international team of artists, including production design by Lou Romano and Celine Desrumaux and editing by Matt Landon and Carole Kravetz.

It features voice work by Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Mario Cotillard, James Franco and Ricky Gervais.

Here are some of the final stills.

Director Mark Osborne cleverly uses two completely different animation styles so no confusion was created when the film intricately works two parallel stories.

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The characters and setting surrounding The Little Girl is completely computer-generated.

The story of The Little Prince uses stop-motion animation of characters made of clay and paper.