Babar

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Classic books make classy series for preschoolers.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Major themes are compassion and empathy. The series makes the point that although people (in this case, animals) may look different, we're all the same on the inside. Building friendships and getting along with others are also important themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Babar regularly practices sharing and getting along with others, seeing creatures for who they really are instead of judging them based on outward appearances. He's always eager to make new friends, too, regardless of an animal's economic or social status.

Violence & Scariness

Characters are locked up in a cell.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Babar is a gentle cartoon series is based on the classic children's books by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar is a good role model who promotes sharing and getting along with others. Although the show is an ideal pick for preschoolers, most kids will probably outgrow it by the time they're 7.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRealitista February 10, 2013

Quite a lot of violence.

The hunter is always chasing the elephants around with a gun, and the main character's father is killed by them. There's a lot of violence and death f... Continue reading
Adult Written bysally44 September 22, 2012

Fine for 5 and Older

Okay, so Babar has some pluses for diversity and friendship, but I think it's too much for the under 5 set when there's some concepts they can't... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byolivepit04 July 5, 2018

Hunter attempting to kill elephants

The show is good, but during the series premier, a hunter was trying to kill elephants with a gun and I thought that it was pretty scary. There are positive ro... Continue reading

What's the story?

BABAR chronicles the adventures of author Jean de Brunhoff's young elephant king and his royal family. Although he lives in a magnificent palace, Babar (voiced by Gordon Pinsent) is always eager to make a friend, regardless of their economic and social status. Babar shares his days with his wife, Queen Celeste (Dawn Greenhalgh), his children, and friends like the Old Lady (Elizabeth Hanna) and Cornelius (Chris Wiggins). He likes nothing better than reminiscing about his childhood days and recalling adventures like making friends from the circus.

Is it any good?

Many shows adapted from books tend to move at a slow pace, but this one provides enough adventure and silliness to keep even the most active preschooler engaged. As an extra plus, the music is beautifully orchestrated.

Babar exemplifies the lesson that all of us are the same on the inside. These elephants hold their trunks high, but they also know that money doesn't conquer all. Many kids' shows depict well-off characters as villainous and/or gluttonous -- Babar shows kids that wealth doesn't necessarily equate to greed. Babar fans should definitely check out De Brunhoff's books as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about basic concepts having to do with money and class in Babar. What does it mean to be rich? What does it mean to be poor? How can you tell that Babar is rich?

  • Families can also discuss the plot specifics of each episode. How did Babar decide to do what he did? Who helped him? Who tried to stop him? Why?

  • How do the characters on Babar demonstrate compassion and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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