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Babar 

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The adventures of the King of the elephants, his family, and friends.
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Series cast summary:
Richard Binsley Richard Binsley ...  Additional Voices 78 episodes, 1989-2000
Gordon Pinsent ...  King Babar 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Dawn Greenhalgh ...  Queen Celeste 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Stuart Stone ...  Alexander / ... 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ...  Cornelius 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Lisa Jai Lisa Jai ...  Isabelle / ... 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Stephen Ouimette ...  Pompadour 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Jeff Pustil Jeff Pustil ...  Zephir 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Corrine Koslo Corrine Koslo ...  Lady Rataxes 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Dan Hennessey Dan Hennessey ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Greg Swanson Greg Swanson ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Loretta Jafelice Loretta Jafelice ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Philip Akin Philip Akin ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Michael Beattie ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Barry Belchamber Barry Belchamber ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Mairon Bennett Mairon Bennett ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Geoffrey Bowes ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Barbara Budd Barbara Budd ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Alyson Court ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Rob Cowan Rob Cowan ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Suzanne Coy ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Jeri Craden Jeri Craden ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Catherine Disher ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Greg Duffell Greg Duffell ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Jayne Eastwood ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Desmond Ellis Desmond Ellis ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Diane Fabian Diane Fabian ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Alan Fawcett Alan Fawcett ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Linda Feige Linda Feige ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Colin Fox Colin Fox ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
David Fox ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Don Francks ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Catherine Gallant Catherine Gallant ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Luba Goy ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Rex Hagon Rex Hagon ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Keith Hampshire Keith Hampshire ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Terri Hawkes ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Mark Hellman Mark Hellman ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Ellen-Ray Hennessy ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Taborah Johnson ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Hadley Kay Hadley Kay ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Gary Krawford Gary Krawford ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Michael Lamport ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Ray Landry ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Chas Lawther Chas Lawther ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Sharon Lewis Sharon Lewis ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Peter MacNeill ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Judy Marshak ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Gordon Masten ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Jeremiah McCann Jeremiah McCann ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Melleny Melody ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Nick Nichols Nick Nichols ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Judith Orban Judith Orban ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Denise Pidgeon Denise Pidgeon ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Andrew Sabiston ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Linda Sorensen ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Tabitha St. Germain ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
John Tarzwell John Tarzwell ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Marlow Vella ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Christopher Ward Christopher Ward ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Thick Wilson Thick Wilson ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Sandy Winsby Sandy Winsby ...  Babar 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Noam Zylberman ...  Additional Voices 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Elizabeth Hanna ...  The Old Lady / ... 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Allen Stewart-Coates ...  Rataxes 65 episodes, 1989-1991
John Stocker John Stocker ...  Basil 65 episodes, 1989-1991
Bobby Becken Bobby Becken ...  Pom 52 episodes, 1989-1991
Marsha Moreau Marsha Moreau ...  Additional Voices 52 episodes, 1989-1991
Paul Haddad ...  Uncle Arthur 40 episodes, 1989-1991
Lea-Helen Weir Lea-Helen Weir ...  Flora 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Noah Godfrey ...  Victor 39 episodes, 1990-1991
Keith Knight ...  Additional Voices 39 episodes, 1989-1991
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The adventures of the King of the elephants, his family, and friends.

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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The mute character Troubadour, who served as Pompadour's clerk and assistant, disappears in later seasons and does not return. See more »

Goofs

Troubadour is miscolored twice; instead of wearing his blue and white suit, he is wearing an orange suit as one solid color. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Basile: Yes Sir, your Rhiness!
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As Excellent and Lovable as Ever

While some fans would argue that this TV adaptation isn't as faithful to the books as they would like, or that the 2D animation isn't as clean-looking and modern as that in the newer "Babar and the Adventures of Badou", I really think personally that out of anything Babar-related at all, this series is my favourite and probably the deepest and best developed version thus far. Unique in its style, brought to life with vivid backgrounds, a beautiful reoccurring soundtrack score and adorable yet complex characters, it's a show which is one of those rare cartoons which both children and adults alike can enjoy. Bureaucratic humour and creative jokes, wacky slapstick scenes and cute moments with whimsical adventures are balanced out with emotional and poignant scenes of true friendship, displays of loyalty and Babar's love for his family, friends and kingdom.

The characters in this series definitely grow over time; the stuffy, high-strung and rather cowardly minister of protocol elephant, Pompadour, proves himself to be more brave and admirable than he initially lets on, and his strong friendship with Cornelius is portrayed beautifully. Rataxes, the bumbling but somewhat menacing king of Rhinoland, starts out as just a basic bad guy villain, but grows as the series continues and shows that he too has the capacity for good, and he genuinely cares about others. Characters such as Basil, Zephir, Arthur, Jacques and Chef Truffles give the show some extra depth and wonderful stories, especially in episodes such as "The Unsung Hero", and stories from the original books remain, as well as characters like Madame.

Truly the character who brings the most to the series and proves to be the most endearing is Babar himself, who after the death of his mother explores the big city with the help of Madame, but then returns to bring modernity, education and most of all safety to his beloved friends, with an image of one day creating a peaceful jungle. Never too heavy-handed for children, nor too dopey and dumbed down, Babar is a show which shares timeless and positive messages without being preachy. The virtual absence of crude humour, vulgarity and gore is really nice to find in the show (in a sea of cartoons such as "The Animaniacs", "Ren & Stimpy" and "Rugrats", there's something pleasant to be said about a show which can be funny without hidden innuendo jokes, offensive humour and crass content), and save for a few clip-based flashback episodes, the show always has something new to bring to the table.

Unfortunately, by its last season it underwent some bad changes, including updating its animation style, dropping Pompadour and Troubadour from the series entirely and presenting stories which were much more silly and childish. Even back when I was six years old, the last few episodes just weren't interesting to me anymore, and I'd instead go back and watch the older ones. The ugliness of the CGI animation in "Babar and the Adventures of Badou", not to mention the sheer dopiness and babyishness of it, has also had me nostalgic for this older version of the show. One day I hope some animator or artist is prompted to continue the stories in the spirit of this version with all its colourful characters and originality, but at the same time maybe it's better that it ended when it did before it just took the route that its latter computer-animated twin went down. This was definitely one of Nelvana's better productions and one which really showed how versatile their company was at creating children's entertainment which could also appeal to adults.


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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 January 1989 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Babar See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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