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Babar and the Adventures of Badou

Elephant prince's escapades teach kids social lessons.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show doesn’t focus on traditional learning, but it offers plenty of positive messages for kids about getting along with others and being a good person.

Positive messages

Each story illustrates an important social theme like respect, cooperation, responsibility, and sportsmanship. Badou and his friends must overcome issues that kids will relate to, including working with a difficult person to complete a task and focusing on the job at hand when there’s a deadline to be met. The characters are diverse both in a physical sense and in an emotional one, and their different personalities demonstrate that diversity can be an advantage among friends.

Positive role models

The kids’ parents and grandparents are a strong presence, but they usually stand back and let the youngsters work out their problems, then talk to them about what they learned from the experience. Badou and his friends have a strong value system and always make the best choices in the end. 

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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The series is tied to a line of books, toys, and previous TV shows with many of the same characters.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series centers on interpersonal themes that will resonate with preschoolers, like being a good friend and taking responsibility for your actions. The diverse cast of young characters learns that life’s pitfalls make for good learning opportunities, and their parents’ guidance helps them -- and their young viewers -- recognize those lessons. As this series is related to the Babar books, it could encourage kids’ interest in the characters and prompt a new subject for storytime sessions.

What's the story?

BABAR AND THE ADVENTURES OF BADOU centers on Babar’s (voiced by Gordon Pinsent) grandson, the young elephant prince Badou (Dallas Jokic). Badou is just like any young boy: He’s eager to make friends, and he loves new adventures, but he often discovers that those adventures can lead to mishaps for him and his friends Chiku and Munroe. When his path is uncertain, Badou turns to his beloved “Pappy,” the wise King Babar, who helps him find his way and, in some cases, learn from his mistakes.

Is it any good?


This lively series and its endearing characters are a great way to start conversations with your preschoolers about issues they face every day. Badou and his friends deal with bullies, struggle with personality flaws, and face temptations like cheating -- and the show puts these common issues into context that young kids can easily understand.

Just like Babar reinforces the lessons Badou learns, follow-up conversations with your kids will help them turn what they saw into useful techniques for navigating life. What’s more, the show’s efforts to diversify its cast both in appearance (Badou’s friends are a variety of animals) and in personality reminds kids that respecting others can help forge strong relationships with people who are very different from ourselves.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. How did the characters in this show demonstrate that they were friends? Were there any relationships that weren’t friendly? How did Badou and the other characters handle those situations?

  • Kids: Who are some of your role models? Why do you look up to them? How do they help you? What did Badou learn from his grandfather, Babar?

  • Kids: In what ways are Badou and his friends alike? How are they different? Do their differences ever cause a problem between them? How do they overcome that challenge? How are your friends different from you?

TV details

Premiere date:November 22, 2010
Cast:Dallas Jokic, Gordon Pinsent
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Character strengths:Communication, Compassion, Integrity
TV rating:NR

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Adult Written byCharles Faulkner June 25, 2012

A little prince with a big heart, good friends and a great Grandpappy :)

Not a bad show altogether - has a wonderful educational message, and a very easy lead in to forming friendships, even when it's tough (such as Badou and Tersh, Ambassador Crocodylus' nephew). Contains a very slight scariness in some episodes, such as chase scenes involving Badou / his friends and a couple of characters (Sleek the Panther, and Prospero the bush pirate), but there is no actual physical violence, and most of the scariness is really mild - some younger children might be a wee bit put off but to be honest, most I know find this quite exciting. You know your child better than anyone else though, so I'd say it's up to you to judge how your little one will react.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byDarky'sReviews June 18, 2014

I've Seen Much Worse Remakes

I mildly enjoyed this one, it wasn't exactly a good show like the original series but it definitely surpassed other ABC remakes like Angelina:The Next Steps and 2010's Fireman Sam. Unfortunately we don't see much of the triplets or Isabella in this series, not even the oldest one, who happens to be Badou's father. It was surprisingly a lot more action packed and less drama filled than what I remembered from the original, which I rather like. There isn't much to worry about in this show beside some mild peril, after all this is rated Y. I'm probably being a bit too nice to this show, since there are much better shows you could watching, but trust me, there are MUCH worse things than this to be complaining about.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byMoonCrystal February 28, 2011

Why do they try to fix things that do not need fixing?

It seems fine for little kids. I just don't see why they have to put it in 3-D when it was perfectly fine before hand.