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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
What's the story?
When Babar's mother is shot and killed by a poacher, Babar wanders lost through the jungle until he comes into a city. There, he meets Madame, who tries to tame him by taking Babar to school and dressing him in the finest clothes. While Babar loves Madame and everything she has done for him, he misses the jungle, so when Babar's friends come to the city to find him, Babar leaves with them. Upon returning, Babar must make peace with the rhinos who are angry with the elephants over a childish prank. Upon being crowned king, Babar begins to put into action his dreams of building a city -- Celesteville -- with the help of his friends in the jungle.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Babar in the city. Before he meets Madam how do the different people in the city react to Babar?
Why do the rhinos want to have a war with the elephants, and how do the elephants avoid and ultimately make peace with the rhinos?
How does this movie compare to the books? What's similar and different? Do you prefer one format over the other?
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