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Babar: The Movie (1989)

In his spectacular film debut, young Babar, King of the Elephants, must save his homeland from certain destruction by Rataxes and his band of invading rhinos.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
King Babar (voice)
Elizabeth Hanna ...
Lisa Jai ...
Isabelle (voice) (as Lisa Yamanaka)
Marsha Moreau ...
Flora (voice)
Bobby Becken ...
Pom (voice)
Alexander (voice)
Gavin Magrath ...
Boy Babar (voice)
Young Celeste (voice)
Pompadour (voice)
Chris Wiggins ...
Cornelius (voice)
John Stocker ...
Zephir (voice)
Charles Kerr ...
Rataxes (voice)
Arthur (voice)
Carl Banas ...
Old Tusk (voice)
Croc (voice)


In his spectacular film debut, young Babar, King of the Elephants, must save his homeland from certain destruction by Rataxes and his band of invading rhinos.

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Release Date:

28 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Babar Movie  »

Box Office


$1,305,187 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rataxes: [Having just arrived before his army soldiers, Rataxes sits beside a table] The time has come to play our hand. The army's ready, now here's the plan.
[Draws his knife and holds it over a map]
Rataxes: At dawn we march on the Elephant Land!
[laughing wickedly]
Boy Babar: [watching on a ledge overhead with Celeste] No!
Rataxes: By night, we'll reach the city wall. By morning... WE! SHALL RULE! THEM ALL!
[slams his dagger into the map]
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Not just for kids!
21 November 2000 | by (Boston, Mass.) – See all my reviews

For those that aren't familiar, Babar occupies a curious little niche in children's books, and is sometimes the first exposure children have to cursive writing. Long story short, Babar is a prince in an elephant kingdom, having all sorts of curious adventures. In this movie, Babar has been left to run the kingdom while Dad is on vacation - however, the rhinoceroses declare war on the elephant kingdom, and Babar has to decide whether to resolve the problem through peaceful or violent means (pretty heavy for a 4 year old). The highlight of the film is Babar inquiring of his advisors as to recommendations - said advisors then launch into an amusing song-and-dance number about bureaucratic (in)efficiency being the best solution - "We'll send it to committee for review!" Increasingly funny the older you are . . .

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