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Babar - The Classic Series Season 1 (1989)

Gordon Pinsent , Dawn Greenhalgh , Laura Shepherd  |  G |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gordon Pinsent, Dawn Greenhalgh, Stuart Stone
  • Directors: Laura Shepherd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 293 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007K7IBQQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Babar grows up, he's crowned king of the elephants, marries Celeste and has kids. One of the greatest lessons he learns is that despite life's challenges, great things are always possible. Beloved series filled with learning lessons, based on Jean de Brunhoff's book series

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Babar the Elephant goes in search of Father Christmas January 22, 1999
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than We Might Think. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Adore Babar 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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4.0 out of 5 stars We want more! October 21, 2013
By Jacli
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to find this again June 2, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 12 episodes 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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