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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.


Alan Bunce


Jean de Brunhoff (characters), Laurent de Brunhoff (characters) | 8 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Pinsent ... King Babar (voice)
Elizabeth Hanna ... Queen Celeste / The Old Lady (voice)
Lisa Jai Lisa Jai ... Isabelle (voice) (as Lisa Yamanaka)
Marsha Moreau Marsha Moreau ... Flora (voice)
Bobby Becken Bobby Becken ... Pom (voice)
Amos Crawley ... Alexander (voice)
Gavin Magrath Gavin Magrath ... Boy Babar (voice)
Sarah Polley ... Young Celeste (voice)
Stephen Ouimette ... Pompadour (voice)
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Cornelius (voice)
John Stocker John Stocker ... Zephir (voice)
Charles Kerr Charles Kerr ... Rataxes (voice)
Stuart Stone ... Arthur (voice)
Carl Banas Carl Banas ... Old Tusk (voice)
Ray Landry ... 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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This movie was distributed by New Line Cinema, while its sequel, "Babar: King of the Elephants" was distributed by Warner Bros., New Line's future owner. See more »


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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Follows Babar Comes to America (1971) See more »


The Best We Both Can Be
Written by Maribeth Solomon
Performed by Molly Johnson
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9 July 2004 | by rosiehlewisSee all my reviews

I grew up with this film, along with children's classics like Mary Poppins and The Snowman, very surprised to learn as i grew up that no-one else had even heard of it! I think that this film is great for little kids - no violence or anything and lots of singalong songs (wasn't one of them number 1 in the Uk for a while??) anyway if you have small children definitely consider getting this. If they're like me it'll become one of those that they'll remember as a childhood favourite - in my case, it's one of those ones which you can watch on the sofa when you're off school ill - hmm a 'comfort movie' i'll call it. Watch it!

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English | French

Release Date:

28 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Babar Movie See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$297,155, 30 July 1989

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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