When US network Nickelodeon was fairly new, they were basically “the international children’s network”, so of course a Japanese anime based on a French children’s book fit right in.
The Adventures of the Little Prince may have actually been the first anime I ever watched, now that I think about it.
Heh, I didn’t remember it saying it wasn’t based directly on the book right there in the opening credits. Of course, serious adaptation expansion is kind of a given.
The Little Prince is one of the best-selling books of all time, but in terms of influence on pop culture, it’s particularly popular in Japan. Star Driver took a lot of themes and inspiration from it, and an early episode of Gundam Wing casually namedropped it as a reference that was expected to be understood by everyone.
As long as I’m on the subject of The Little Prince, I also want to say that Bésixdouze has quite possibly the best name of all the asteroids.