The Adventures of the Little Prince (TV series)

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The Adventures of the Little Prince
The Adventures of the Little Prince (TV series).jpg
Poster from the first DVD box of the series depicting the main characters
星の王子さま プチ・プランス
(Hoshi no Ōjisama Puchi Puransu)
Genre Adventures
Anime television series
Directed by Kôji Yamazaki, Takeyuki Kanda
Studio Knack Productions
Licensed by
Original network TV Asahi
English network
Original run July 4, 1978 March 27, 1979
Episodes 39 (35 on Japanese TV; 26 in English dub)
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The Adventures of the Little Prince is an anime series based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Made by the animation studio Knack Productions, the series, originally titled The Prince of the Stars: Le Petit Prince (星の王子さま プチ・プランス, Hoshi no Ōjisama Puchi Puransu), aired in Japan on the TV Asahi network from July 1978 to March 1979. Dubbed into English, the series premiered in the United States in 1985 on Nickelodeon and was rerun through June 1, 1985 to December 29, 1989.[1] It was also broadcast on TVOntario in 1989,[2] a station that would later pick up the dub of the 2010 French adaptation. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, of Mobile Suit Gundam fame, was involved in this series as a director.

In total there were 26 episodes aired in English, with 39 episodes made for the original Japanese run.

According to The Anime Encyclopedia by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, only the first 35 episodes were actually aired on Japanese TV; the remaining four episodes remained "lost" until the series was reissued on video.

Plot[edit]

The series showed the extended adventures of the Little Prince, Swifty The Space Bird, and the Rose Girl.

Episodes[edit]

No. Original Title[a] English Title Original air date
1 "My Home, a Tiny Planet"
"Furusato no chisana hoshi" (ふるさとの小さな星) 
"Higher Than Eagles Fly!"July 4, 1978
2 "Friendship in the Desert"
"Sabaku no yūjō" (砂漠の友情) 
"Shipwreck!"July 11, 1978
3 (みどりの星・地球) "On Wings of Love"July 18, 1978
4 (命かがやく朝) "Rob the Rainbow"July 25, 1978
5 (心のともしび) "A Small Alien"August 1, 1978
6 (それでも星はまたたく) "Somewhere in Space"August 8, 1978
7 (海に浮かぶ城) "Visit to Another Planet"August 15, 1978
8 (湖のほとりで) "The Perfect Planet"August 22, 1978
9 (小さな約束) "The Wolf Pack"August 29, 1978
10 (湖をわたる笛の音) "The Star Gazer"September 5, 1978
11 (タンポポと少女) "Last Voyage of the Rose"September 12, 1978
12 (山から来た英雄) "The Chimney Sweep"September 26, 1978
13 (心を結ぶ赤いバラ) "The Greatest Gift"October 3, 1978
14 (バラの船長さん) "Too Big for This World!"October 10, 1978
15 (虹と少年と盗賊と) "The Winning Ride"October 17, 1978
16 (カモメとぶ海) "To Be a Man"October 24, 1978
17 (大自然の友情) "The Magic Case"October 31, 1978
18 (屋根裏のスミレ) "Always Listen to a Fox"November 7, 1978
19 (なつかしい遠メガネ) "The Dancing Bear"November 14, 1978
20 (手のひらの星) "Hitch Onto Halley's Comet"November 21, 1978
21 (爽快!木馬レース) "A Light in the Storm"November 28, 1978
22 (嵐の中の父と子) "What Makes Mitzi Mean?"December 5, 1978
23 (シモンじいさんの贈り物) "The Wishing Stone"December 19, 1978
24 (夢を掘る男) "A Different World"January 9, 1979
25 (飛べ気球!山脈をこえて) "Erase All Beauty"January 16, 1979
26 (ローエン山の小さな花) "Play It Again, Sean!"January 23, 1979
27 "Run! Locomotive"
(走れ!機関車) 
N/AJanuary 30, 1979
28 "Lullabye-grass of love"
(愛のララバイ草) 
N/AFebruary 6, 1979
29 "When the Aurora Shines"
(オーロラの輝くとき) 
N/AFebruary 13, 1979
30 "Adventure on the Dream Ship (Part 1)"
(ドリーム号の冒険 ―前編―) 
N/AFebruary 20, 1979
31 "Adventure on the Dream Ship (Part 2)"
(ドリーム号の冒険 ―後編―) 
N/AFebruary 27, 1979
32 "I Want to Return to my Home Planet"
(星へ帰りたい) 
N/AMarch 6, 1979
33 "Fly, Comet Ship!"
(飛べ流星号!) 
N/AMarch 13, 1979
34 "Village Vanished to the Lake Bottom"
(湖底に消えた村) 
N/AMarch 20, 1979
35 "The Bridge of Friendship"
(友情の橋) 
N/AMarch 27, 1979
36 "Sculptor of the Forest"
(森の彫刻師) 
N/AN/A
37 "Hero's Hill"
(勇者の丘) 
N/AN/A
38 "Violin Singing to the Heart"
(心にうたうヴァイオリン) 
N/AN/A
39 "Good Night, Prince"
(おやすみなさい王子さま) 
N/AN/A

Voices[edit]

Character Japanese voice English voice
Little Prince Taiki Matsuno Julie Dees, Katie Leigh
Rose Girl Yoshiko Matsuo Janet Waldo
Swifty (Bird) Hiroshi Masuoka Hal Smith
Saten Keiko Yokozawa
Boss Kazue Takahashi
Peter Kaoru Kurosu
Old Man Minoru Yada
Danya Janet Waldo
Narrator Masaaki Yajima

DVD releases[edit]

On September 6, 2005, Koch Vision released a 4-disc DVD of the entire English series in Region 1. Koch Vision has subsequently begun releasing the series in Volumes each containing 3 or 4 episodes each, which sell at a lower cost than the complete series.

Discotek Media released all 26 episodes of the English dub on DVD on October 31, 2017. On December 6, 2017, Discotek Media uploaded the first episode of the Japanese version with English subtitles to YouTube, though it is currently unknown if they will subtitle all episodes and if they have any plans to release the Japanese version to home video.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete Animated Series 26 September 6, 2005
The complete English language series 26 October 31, 2017

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Translated episode titles for episodes 1 and 2 are taken from Discotek Media's official stream.

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