Babar 6 Seasons 1989

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Season 1
(20) IMDb 7.4/10

1. Babar's First Step TV-Y

This story begins to tell the classic tale of Babars early life with his mother and all the other elephants in the jungle, and how his life is shattered when a hunter kills his Mother and he must cope on his own.

Starring:
Gordon Pinsent, Dawn Greenhalgh
Runtime:
24 minutes
Original air date:
April 2, 1989

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My granddaughter loves it.
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It is a great story that has a lot of character education in it.
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Awesome my kids want to watch it a lot !
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 1, 2012
Format: DVD
Last year, several Babar DVDs were released that contained random episodes from the run of the show. If you bought these smaller offerings, you may experience an overlap in a couple of episodes as now the Complete Season One is being presented in its entirety.

Season One consists of thirteen digitally restored and remastered episodes as follows:

(1) Babar's First Step, (2) City Ways, (3) Babar Returns, (4) The City Of Elephants, (5) Babar's Triumph, (6) Babar's Choice, (7) Race to the Moon, (8) No Place Like Home, (9) An Elephant's Best Friend, (10) The Show Must Go On, (11) To Duet or Not to Duet, (12) The Missing Crown Affair, and (13) The Phantom.

Will contemporary kids embrace the gentle exploits of Jean de Brunhoff's creation Babar the Elephant as interpreted in this HBO series which aired between 1989 and 1991? It's hard to say. As choices in children's programming have expanded, these moralistic stories told in a simple and straightforward animation style certainly have a pleasing nostalgia factor. I'd like to think that the sweetness and innocence of Babar and his cadre of pals will still have an appeal to modern audiences, but some kids have become jaded by the various alternatives that have flooded the entertainment market. Does Babar lack a certain visual sophistication? Perhaps. But over eighty years of success in books and on television seem to indicate an enduring attraction to this story. Babar, for those unfamiliar with the optimistic pachyderm, is a curious soul who after having traveled to the city brings lessons about civilization to his small tribe of family and friends. There are plenty of adventures and challenges in the stories, but with unwavering fortitude and a positive attitude--all things are possible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
King Babar of the elephants realizes that Father Christmas (Santa Claus) has never come to Celesteville. For the sake of his children, Babar must find a way to let Father Christmas know about his country so that they can finally have a real Christmas. For fans of the Babar books, this is a faithful adaptation. American kids may find the European-style Christmas traditions a little strange but that's okay. Check out this little-known treasure!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Ares Hirsch on November 18, 2000
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I only watched this because it happened to be on when I had nothing better to do. But I was actually surprised at how good it was. The art work is fine, and the story is so well done, that you do not even realize that the actors are elephants. Babar's journeys through Europe, crowded traffic, the sky, and through snow on behalf of the children is quite touching. When Santa explains that he simply won't have the time to add Babar's kingdom to his list, Babar does not let the kids down. Rather, he himself takes on the role of Santa for the children. Ratexas' role is more complex than we might think. Like many of us today, he is taken in by the commercial aspects of Christmas and thinks only of what he can get. When his mischief is exposed, he is forced into making ammends. But after the ammends are made, he too is given a present that he wants. When he is forgiven and shown kindness, it is clear that he will change his ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Shouse on February 18, 2014
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I watched this as a kid, and this DVD took me right back to my childhood. I noticed no obvious glitches or video errors on the copy I received. Also still entertaining for me as an adult, but I bought it for my daughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacli on October 21, 2013
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This show was so sweet and wonderful and we were so grateful to be able to watch it again. I would give it a five but there are no special features and I believe at least a couple of the eps. are out of order.

But I still recommend it highly to children of all ages, and eagerly await the release of the rest of series :)
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This brought back so many memories! Even the theme song made me weepy. It's perfect for children and grandchildren and even the lucky folks who get to watch with them.
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By Projectjay on December 4, 2013
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I was glad that I was able to find Babar, my niece loves Babar, I looked once before and was unable to find it, I love that it is the whole first season. So she will be so excited.
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By Lynette A. Dobek on November 7, 2013
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It is a great story that has a lot of character education in it. My son loves to imitate the elephant's call at the same time in the movie.
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