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By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Classic books make classy series for preschoolers.

TV ION , NBC , qubo Kids' Animation 1989
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

First episode has gun violence

Excellent show! Note that in season 1, episode 1, Babar's mother is shown to be shot and killed by a hunter. This peril continues for much of the episode. Overall there are very positive messages, but my 5 yr old cried at that part!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 4+

A childhood favourite that I would really recommend!

Don't listen to the SJW nonsense you're seeing in the parent's reviews, this show is a timeless classic, with endearing characters, character development, beautiful music, hilarity, etc. This is a gem that is not to be ignored. Those parts involving the hunter, in the beginning, is very close to the original books by Jean De Brunhoff. Of course, dark moments like those would be a thing, and I'd say the creative crew did the best possible job you can find in a children's cartoon such as this, that can still be enjoyed by adults alike with it the clever use of vocabulary (We'd have Pompadour to thank for that). I would most certainly share this show with my future children as well as not only having fun with the funny moments in the show, but also have meaningful discussions with them regarding what they would learn from it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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.

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