The Adventures of the Little Prince

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Weekdays 8:00 AM Jan 01, 1983 on Nickelodeon
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The Little Prince lands in Australia and meets a young adventurer named Jacko who takes him on board an abandoned ship. When a violent storm hits, they find themselves trapped at sea.

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  • The Little Prince lands in Australia, here he and a friend Jocko get stuck on a ship in a terrible storm.

    As in the previous episode, the Prince quickly befriends a boy near his age. Jocko, like Carlos in the last episode, is adventurous and foolhardy. The Prince remains a voice of reason and caution, but he usually goes along with whatever Jocko suggests.

    They row out to an abandoned ship. There is a nice fantasy moment, when the ship supposedly takes off into space, or at least the kids imagine this happening. The ship sails around the Earth.

    Jocko's father is out of work because his ship was wrecked. Jocko's father claims that a man named Basher ran his ship aground because he was asleep at his post. Basher threatens him, but his father will not fight him. Jocko thinks his father is a coward.

    The narrator continues to speak in English while peppering it with French phrases. This teaches kids common French words. The actors Australian accents are quite bad.

    The young viewers learn a little about outer space, too, as the Prince mentions the places he has visited recently. He mentions moons of Jupiter: Io and Ganymede.

    The story also teaches kids about a lever. Jocko gets his leg caught under a large pipe. Too heavy to lift, the Prince constructs a lever out of a brick and a broom to lift the pipe. That's a clever way to add an educational element.

    The moral of the story should have been accentuated a little better. The Prince didn't really supply any simple, philosophical statements like he did in the first episode.

    Even though the show takes place in Australia, the writers did not use any common elements associated with Australia, like boomerangs, kangaroos, bushmen, or koalas. So, the kids do not really get a taste of Australian culture, aside from the really bad accents.moreless

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