Michel Ocelot having turned it down multiple times, a big-budget Le Petit Prince film, one of the producers being that of the recent TV special that went from some nice designs not that suited to 3D CGI to being ultimately ugly-looking, now has Kung Fu Panda's Mark Osborne as its director. Having secured $63 million towards it, the producers have oxymoronically claimed to be aiming to, "make The Little Prince for worldwide audiences on a similar scale as Miyazaki's and Hollywood studios' films." If budget is anything to go by, they've bungled that already: MIYAZAKI Hayao's last three features cost $15, $27 and at most $36 million respectively, even allowing a little for inflation that's in the ballpark of a quarter to half of theirs. Source. It's not the first time someone in a country less expensive to live in than Japan has felt that they can equal the success of a Ghibli feature if provided with several times the budget.
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