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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While intended to entertain, the story does impart lessons on working together and shows the tragedies caused by poachers in the wild.
Working together, great things can be accomplished. Instead of going to war, it is better to try and resolve differences through discussion and owning up to past mistakes.
Positive Role Models
Madame takes in Babar when everyone else is scared of him and gives him a quality education. Babar is a kind and patient leader who treats everyone around him with respect.
Violence & Scariness
Early in the film, Babar's mother is shot and killed by a rifle-toting poacher. Some discussion of war.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Babar: King of the Elephants is a terrific introduction to this classic pachyderm from children's books. The one cause for concern is a scene early in the film where Babar's mother is shot and killed by a rifle-toting poacher. Beyond this scene though, the story teaches lessons through the examples of the characters on kindness, consideration, respect, and apologizing for one's mistakes. For parents who grew up with Babar books and kids experiencing Babar for the very first time, this movie is a positive experience to share. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For parents, this is a delightful revisiting of the classic French children's story, replete with the distinct drawing style and unforgettable characters like Babar, Madame, and Queen Celeste. For kids, this movie is an entertaining introduction to the stories and characters who inhabit Babar's world filled with creative approaches to imparting valuable life lessons on kindness, consideration, and cooperation.
The stories and events within the movie are easy to understand and enjoyable for both kids and adults. A word of warning though: Early in the film, there is a scene where Babar's mother is shot and killed by a poacher. This might be too much for younger or more sensitive viewers, but on the whole, Babar: King of the Elephants is a delightful and sweet story from one of the most memorable characters from children's books.
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