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Babar: King of the Elephants

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Delightful story, with one scary moment for younger kids.

Movie G 1999 80 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Very heart-breaking.

There are a lot of wonderful lessons, feeling of loving families and playful elephant children. Lovely music. Beautiful stories. It's a great show. There are subjects explored and depicted which are very hard to watch even for an adult. Terrifying scenes of a child losing their mother to hunters(murder). I don't think that it's good to make little children so sad as they will be when they see Babar's mom shot, and Babar split away from his herd, lost and alone. It is just too sad. If you let your young children have the opportunity to watch this beautiful series, please skip the first episode at least.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

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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