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The Little Prince (#3009)

Children and adults alike have long been drawn to Antoine de Saint-Exupery's small book "The Little Prince," in which the curious title character relates his encounters with the solitary inhabitants of other planets -- including a king, a businessman, a drunkard, and his own beloved rose -- to a pilot crash-landed in the Sahara Desert. Featuring a score by Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman (Emma, Chocolat) which the Houston Chronicle called "unrelentingly appealing," this new film adaptation was created especially for television and is directed by Francesca Zambello, based on the world-premiere production staged by the innovative Houston Grand Opera in 2003. Saint-Exupery's enduring tale is brought to life by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, reprising his Houston role as The Pilot, and the winners of an extensive talent search contest for the leading children's roles, 15-year-old Mairead Carlin as The Rose and 11-year-old Joseph McManners as The Little Prince. [86 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
Curricular Areas
The Arts
Series Length
263 episodes
Average Episode Length
97 minutes
Record Rights
Sch/until 3/24/16; ncc; simul. ;7-day cached rights
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