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The Little Prince Goes to Korea

Little Prince Village in South KoreaSouth Korea is chock-a-bloc full of “cultural villages.” Every town you go has at least one. But these typically are about Korean culture. My family and I traveled through Korea this past June and must have seen at least four. Here’s one we missed: “Petite France”, a cultural village dedicated to the Little Prince.

According to the Official Korean Tourism Board:

After travelling 10 km along the lakeside road from Cheongpyeong Dam, in the direction of Namiseom Island, you will come across a cluster of white, exotic buildings on the left-hand hillside. From its outward appearance, it would appear to be a village that belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps. This is Petite France, a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture.

The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture. The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. Enjoy the marionette experience and hear percussion instruments from around the world, and also enjoy soap bubble experience.

Soap bubbles?

Family dispute threatens to scupper Little Prince film

According to the Times Online, the widow of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry might have forged her inherited rights to The Little Prince and in doing so throws the entire future of the iconic French fictional character into question.

Little Prince Exhibit in Brazil

brazil_littleprince_1Brazil is in the news again. First the Olympics, now this exhibit featuring the Little Prince.

The exhibition at Sao Paulo’s OCA museum highlights the voyages and lessons learnt by the character dreamed up by Antoine de Saint-Exupery in 1942, two years before his death at age 44.

Displays include a full-scale mock-up of the author’s plane crashed in the Libyan desert, and a reconstruction of part of the Little Prince’s tiny planet, complete with his rose companion and, overhead, spinning 3-D planetoids featured in the famous book.

The OCA is located in Parque Ibirapuera, in a space age building designed by Oscar Niemeyer and is a must see, even if you don’t want to go inside.

According to the Associated Press, “Brazil’s affection for the naive character who discovered human frailties and values was evident in the crowds who came out in force for the show.”

“I saw his heart, his drawings,” said a wide-eyed two-year-old, Eduardo Carnaval, as he enthused to his mother about one computerized attraction where digitized birds flocked around him as he walked.

“I’m 39 and I’m here again to see that all again, that magic,” said another, older fan, Fabio Seelig, visiting with his girlfriend.

Mariangela Nicolellis, having a look with other friends aged in their 40s, added that it was a tradition for Brazil’s innumerable beauty queens to cite “The Little Prince” as their favorite book, to show their culture, their curiosity and their connection to their inner child.

But the exhibition had echoes in South America as well.

Apart from being one of the prime events of the Year of France in Brazil cultural festival now winding down, the show — put together with input from Saint-Exupery’s estate — also shone the spotlight on the aviator-author who created such an enduring character.

Apart from his literary works, Saint-Exupery has been lionized in Brazil for his part in pioneering Aeropostale — the region’s first air postal network — for which he flew.

Archive footage showed the biplanes used back then: flimsy contraptions barely clearing the snowcapped Andes, reminders of a time when pilots regularly risked their lives to maintain contact between Europe and South America.

“Brazilians remain very impressed by Saint-Exupery, as if he were a hero — or even a superhero,” explained the exhibition’s curator, Sheila Dryzun.

Among the fictional creations and real-life artifacts making up the collection is Saint-Exupery’s bracelet, recovered in 1998 in waters off southern France.

France’s most famed aviator-writer perished there when his plane went down while on a World War II reconnaissance mission.

His legacy, though, lives on in the wonderment and imagination of children around the planet who have read his book, and seen themselves reflected in the ever-questioning altruism of The Little Prince.

Asterix Sale Starts October 29!

Over at our parent site – ShopEssentials.net – we are having a one day sale on all Asterix merchandise to celebrate the Mighty Gaul’s 50th Birthday! The sale starts at midnight on the 29th and lasts 24 hours. Oh, and if you buy $75.00 or more, you get free shipping. What a deal!

Asterix Sale

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New Asterix and Obelix game release

Just received this press release. For those of you who are Asterix and video game fans, be sure to note that as of October 25, 2009 the game is available for download here.

(Media-Newswire.com) – Paris – To mark the 50th anniversary of Asterix & Obelix, Gameloft®, a world leader in downloadable video games, presents a mobile adaptation of the famous comic book created by Goscinny and Uderzo with the launch of the game Asterix & Obelix Encounter Cleopatra.

Asterix & Obelix Encounter Cleopatra is a platforming adventure game inspired by one of the most memorable stories of the comic.

All the ingredients that made the comic a success!

You’ll join the two Gauls in the land of the pharaohs for their most dangerous adventures. Edifis, an old friend of the druid Getafix, needs help. Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, is in one of her legendary foul moods. Julius Caesar keeps provoking her. According to him, the glory of the Romans is greater than that of the Egyptians, who haven’t built anything since the Pyramids!

Irked by his arrogance, Cleopatra decides to prove to Julius Caesar that the Egyptian civilization has not lost its greatness by building him the world’s most beautiful palace in only three months! To do this, she calls upon the architect Edifis. Worried about the short time frame, Edifis counts on the help of his friends from Gaul, and especially their magic potion! If Edifis cannot complete his work on schedule, he will be thrown to the sacred crocodiles! To make matters worse, the royal architect Artifis, none too happy about the queen’s choice, schemes against Edifis. Jealous that he wasn’t chosen to complete the project, he plans to do everything in his power to stop Edifis at the hands of the Romans.

An action-adventure game spanning 11 levels

It’s your turn to play! Switch between Asterix and Obelix to overcome various challenges throughout all 11 levels in this platforming adventure game. But be careful, this dynamic duo must work together on screen as they do in the comic book: make sure your two characters cooperate to the best of their abilities.

To celebrate the Gauls’ 50th anniversary, Gameloft is launching a mobile adventure worthy of their international success. The quality of the graphics faithfully reproduce the images of the Egyptian adventure. Gameloft also offers gameplay with two views: one is a side view, ideal for platforming sequences; the other is a top-down view, perfect for puzzle sequences.

This game will enchant fans of the comic book and platforming gamers alike.

Availability

Asterix and Obelix Encounter Cleopatra the game will be available download on October 25 from your operator’s mobile portal and on Gameloft’s Internet site at http://www.gameloft.com. The suggested retail price is 3 to 5 euros.

More Little Prince animation news

Paris’s Method Animation is rendering the classic novel of Antoine de Saint-Exupery THE LITTLE PRINCE back to television. With a budget of 18.4 million euro ($27.5 million) the new production is set to appear next December. A 3D animation version is also in the works.

The Little Prince tells the story of a philosophical little boy who hops from planet to planet and acquires simple truths along the way. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s once developed the concept for a 1980s anime TV series – not the greatest work of art. I posted a “chapter” of it from YouTube below.

Let’s hope that the new attempt will offer more…