Paramount Animation Sets Release Dates for 'Little Prince,' 'Spongebob Squarepants 3'

Paramount has unveiled the line-up from its animation division, Paramount Animation, with the adaptation of The Little Prince kicking off the division.

The adaptation of the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry includes in its voice cast: Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridge, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort.

The movie, directed by Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne, will open March 18, 2016.

Next up will be Monster Trucks, a live-action/animated hybrid that was initially not part of Paramount Animation. The project had already been pushed from this year and was scheduled to open March 18, 2016. It is now being pushed again, almost another year, and will open January 13, 2017.

After that, on February 8, 2019, the studio will release Spongebob Squarepants 3, the follow-up to its hit Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water.

Right after, the studio will open Amusement Park, which will boast a voice cast of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, and Brianna Denski.

Dylan Brown, who was the supervising animator on Pixar’s Ratatouille and Finding Nemo, is directing the movie, which will open March 22, 2019.

The movies join the previously dated (January 12, 2018) Sherlock Gnomes, a co-production with MGM, which is a follow-up to Gnomeo and Juliet. Johnny Depp recently came on board to voice the title character, while James McAvoy returns as Gnomeo and Emily Blunt is back as Juliet.