Babar and the Adventures of Badou

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Elephant prince's escapades teach kids social lessons.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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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 & Representations

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. 

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Consumerism

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

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 Te... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written bypa2425 March 4, 2011
i grew up watching this show and continue to love it and my daughters love it to they LOVE elephants so this show is just that much better to them!!
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.
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 Step... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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