February 25, 2021
Shout! Studios on May 18 will debut The Prince’s Voyage, from venerable French animator Jean-François Laguionie (The Painting, Cannes Palme d’Or winner Rowing Across the Atlantic) and Xavier Picard (“King Arthur and the Knights of Justice”).
Available for the first time on North American home entertainment shelves, the film will be issued in a two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD) with bonus content including an interview with Laguionie and Picard as well as a study of the ice flow sequence. The film also will be available digitally.
Produced by Blue Spirit Productions, The Prince’s Voyage screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Animation First, and Chicago International Film Festival. Laguionie received an Honorary Cristal Award at the 2019 Annecy for his illustrious career in animation.
The film is centered on an old monkey prince named Laurent who runs aground on an unknown shore. Injured and lost, he is found by a 12-year-old boy named Tom. Prince Laurent is then taken in by Tom’s parents, a couple of scientists who were banished from their community because they believe in the existence of other monkey civilizations. With Tom’s help, the prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom’s parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct.