Babar

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 78

    Land of Happiness

    Aired 4/8/91

  • S 6 : Ep 73

    Land of the Mysterious Water

    Aired 4/8/91

  • S 6 : Ep 13

    Land of Happiness

    Aired 1/1/06

  • S 6 : Ep 13

    Land of Happiness

    Aired 12/2/94

  • S 6 : Ep 12

    Land of the Treasure Hunt

    Aired 1/1/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tara Strong

    Young Celeste

  • John Stocker

    Basil

  • Gordon Pinsent

    King Babar

  • Susan Roman

    Various

  • Stephen Ouimette

    Pompadour

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  • Summary: The adventures of a beloved elephant king and his family come to life in this delightful animated series based on the children's books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff. Living in a huge mansion with his whole family of elephants, Babar has entertained over millions of toddlers, and even older children nation-wide. Throughout the Years: Babar made his debut in "The Story of Babar" published in 1931 by Jean de Brunhoff. Jean created and illustrated seven Babar titles before dying in 1937. Laurent de Brunhoff, son of Jean, continues his father's work and is still writing Babar books. In the year, 2006, Babar will celebrate being King of The Elephants for 75 years! Production: 78 episodes are broadcast in 30 languages in over 150 countries, making Babar one of the largest distributed animation shows in history. With over 100 licensees worldwide, the Babar brand has a multi-generational following. There are even 12 dedicated Babar stores in Japan. A global cultural phenomenon, whose fans span generations, Babar stands along side Mickey as one of the most recognized children's characters in the world. There are now over 30,000 Babar publications in over 17 languages, and over 8 million books have been sold. Laurent de Brunhoff's Babar's Yoga for Elephants is a top seller in the U.S with over 100,000 copies sold to date. The Babar series of books are recommended reading on First Lady Laura Bush's national reading initiative list. Babar has been a perennial favorite for years at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Babar currently airs on television today on the HBO, FAMILY channel, and Treehouse. There are also 2, or more, videos with Babar in it but those two have gone out-of-print. Characters: BABAR: King Babar is a charming and charismatic elephant. He brought his love of the city back to the great forest and built the beautiful, happy kingdom of Celesteville. Though he is a dedicated ruler and world traveller, Babar is happiest when picnicking at the lake with his family or joining in the antics of his lively children. CELESTE: Queen Celeste has also travelled the world and has had many great adventures. She has a regal presence, an engaging manner and a gentle sense of humour. The children adore their mother. After an active day with the family and governing the kingdom, Babar and Celeste enjoy watching the stars together from the palace veranda. OLD LADY/ MADAME: From their first meeting in the city, the Old Lady and Babar shared a special friendship. She gave him a home and taught him about life in the city. Though she misses him greatly, she understood his decision to return to the forest. Babar built her a home in Celesteville, where she made the decision to stay and live with her friends, the elephants. FLORA: Flora is fun-loving and strong-willed. She can more than hold her own with her two brothers. Whether building tree houses, sliding down the banister at the palace, or preparing a surprise breakfast for their parents, Flora is always immersed in the action. ISABELLE: Isabelle was an amazing baby, walking early, talking early, even roller blading! Anything to keep up with the triplets. Pom, Flora and Alexander are enchanted with their little sister. Everyone in the kingdom admires Isabelle's independent spirit. CORNELIUS: Cornelius, the oldest and wisest elephant in Celesteville, takes his job as Babar's chief advisor very seriously, whether accompanying Babar on state visits or organizing numerous Celesteville parades. When not working, Cornelius can often be found relaxing in a field with a butterfly net. ARTHUR: Arthur is Babar's mischief-making cousin. He has an engaging smile, bright eyes and a friendly outgoing He often gets himself (and one or more of the children) involved with practical jokes and crazy stunts. He has nerves of steel and a heart of gold! POM: Pom is the leader of the children. He is the biggest of the bunch and protective of his brother and sisters though he will gladly join in with Alexander in playfully teasing his sisters, Flora and Isabelle. ALEXANDER: Alexander, the smallest of the triplets, is a non-stop ball of entertainment who is into everything and disarmingly naive about the commotion he causes. ZEPHIR: Zephir is one of Babar's oldest friends, and is considered one of the family. He is the first to take off with Arthur and the kids on some crazy adventure. But Babar knows that Zephir can always be trusted to look after the children and bring them home safely.moreless

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  • Quotes (186)

    • Babar: Just as there are good people and bad people, there are good kings and bad kings, and one of the things that decide which we are is how we handle our responsibility to others.

    • Celeste: Babar, are you busy? Babar: Never too busy for you, my dear. Can we spare a minute, Cornelius? Cornelius: Without question, Babar. Pompadour: Take two, if you wish!

    • Cornelius: Babar my boy, I knew you'd come back! I kept telling everyone "That Babar's just too clever for the hunter!" Pompadour: Only about two thousand times...

    • Celeste: I don't know about you Babar, but I'm in the mood for a hot fudge triple-chocolate sundae. Babar: Ah, the romantic desert!

    • Rataxes: (about his hammer) Basil! This watchamacallit you stole is defective! Basil: It's a tacky tyrant who blames his tools.

    • (Talking about Madame) Babar: I'd give up a thousand cities for her.

    • Babar: We were doing quite well...that is until Rataxes showed up.

    • Pompadour: 3 words. Quantity over quality.

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    Notes (21)

    • Series Premier

    • Old Lady makes an appearance on the series.

    • From this episode onward, all of the elephants wear clothes.

    • First appearance of Dovtor Cabaloose, Rataxes, Lady Rataxes, Basil, and the rhinoes.

    • First appearances of Troubadour (Pompadour's diminuitive mute assistant) and Zephir the monkey.

    • First appearance of Lady Rataxes.

    • From this episode onwards, the rhino wear clothes.

    • Lady Rataxes' first name is revealed to be "Louise".

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    Trivia (12)

    • Goof: Babar says that the Juju plant is the antidote for a speckled snake bite, but the snake that bit Madame was striped.

    • Mademoiselle Soretoza's full name is "Mademoiselle Rosa Anastasia Soretoza".

    • When Young Celeste says "Hi" to the children on the swing, he voice sounds more like her adult self.

    • Judging by the label on the jar of peanut butter, this episode's flashback takes place in the year 1930.

    • First appearance (outside of the opening sequence) of the adult Zephir and Arthur.

    • The Jungle Journal headline reads "King Babar to woo Tuttle on anti-pollution vote", but Rataxes reads it as "King Babar to woo Tuttle FOR anti-pollution vote".

    • When the poster of Babar is first seen, the picture's mouth is closed. when the fork is jabbed into it, the mouth is open. And when the police officer unfurls the poster, the mouth is closed again.

    • The Celesteville cup misspells Celesteville as "Celestville".

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    Allusions (18)

    • The Handyman's suggestion for a restaurant ("McBabar's") is a play on the fast-food franchise McDonald's.

    • Zephir: It just so happens that I have recently graduated from the Sheerluck Holmes School of Super-Sleuthing! "Sheerluck Holmes" is a parody of the Arthur Conan Doyle character, Sherlock Holmes.

    • Cheetah: That's oil, folks! This is a parody of the Looney Tunes character Porky Pig's catchphrase "That's all, folks!"

    • The basic premise of this story (Zephir making several false alarms, and not being believed when a real emergency happens) is reminescient of the story The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

    • The idea of a "Skull Island" being inhabited by a giant ape is a reference to the classic film King Kong.

    • Arthur: Pretty sneaky, sis! This is a reference to an old commercial for the game Connect 4, where the sister proclaims "I gotchya, diagonally.", and the brother replies "Pretty sneaky, sis."

    • Young Babar: Go west, young duck. This is a play on the title of the film Go West, Young Man.

    • Pom: Once upon a time, there was an elephant named Goldilocks who met three warthogs who blew down the house and so they scaled the beanstalk and lived happily ever after, the end. Pom's "story" contains reference to the fairy tales Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk.

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  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Charming recreation of the stories in the books.

    By Lokar, Apr 20, 2008

  • Childhood staple

    By BTRAV, Apr 19, 2007

  • I had a good laugh out of watching Babar. In fact, not that the show was particularly humorous but there was something special, something unique that brought a smile to my face when I watched this.

    By t1g3ara76, Apr 13, 2006

  • Could A Staff Member Please Delete This Review?

    By Freo_Dude, Jul 15, 2005

  • Babar is just a fantastic children's cartoon that is simply loveable.

    By runtome_jess, Jul 29, 2005

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