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Babar - The Movie (1989)





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Children's book authors Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff's most beloved elephant comes to the big screen in this animated family tale. Elephant monarch King Babar tells the tale, that unfolds via flashback, of how a much-younger Barbar and his girlfriend Celeste save her village from the pugnacious rhinoceroses that have come to raid it. Though primarily aimed at younger audiences, parents should note that some scenes of abandoned babies maybe upsetting for little viewers.
Animation , Art House & International , Kids & Family
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Gordon Pinsent
as King Babar
Gavin Magrath
as Boy Babar
Elizabeth Hanna
as Queen Celeste
Sarah Polley
as Young Celeste
Chris Wiggins
as Cornelius
Stephen Ouimette
as Pompadour
John Stocker
as Zephir
Charles Kerr
as Rataxes
Lisa Yamanaka
as Isabelle
Amos Crawley
as Alexander
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Critic Reviews for Babar - The Movie

All Critics (2)

"Babar: The Movie" feels like a film in search of an audience.

Full Review… | February 13, 2013
Movie Metropolis

An animated elephant adventure with some peril.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Babar - The Movie


I was quite surprised that one of my early childhood favorite movies was not only tolerable but also still fun to watch. I got a kick out of the songs again and it really brought back some memories. (First viewing - Childhood)

Adam R
Adam R

Jean de Brunhoff's books of a young pachyderm's adventures have been favorites of children for years, so it was inevitable that a feature would be made. Produced by Nelvana Studios in Canada, this movie premiered in the summer of 1989, sometime while a similar TV series was having its run on TV. While the series captures the spirit of the books fairly well, this film is a bit of a different matter. It's an INDIANA JONES/CROCODILE DUNDEE hybrid action-adventure in which Babar and Celeste must protect their homeland from an invasion by rhinos. It's pleasant enough family fare for the most part, with a couple of catchy musical numbers (the best being the sprightly "Comittee Song"), but there are a couple of scenes that may be too scary for the very young, particularly when an elephant village is torched and its citizens captured and enslaved. The animation is serviceable for the most part, effectively capturing the illustrations of the books, although it is somewhat limited compared to more luscious films. My only quibble is its continuity with the series; the rhinoceros Rataxes, for instance, is portrayed in the film as a bloodthirsty, ruthless villain, while in the series he's much more complex. (It should also be known that his lady and assistant Basil are absent as well.) For what it is, BABAR THE MOVIE is good fun overall, although its ideal audience is solely viewers under the age of eleven, not everyone.

Jon Turner
Jon Turner

It was an enjoyable movie when I was a kid, but paying attention to it now it's rather violent for kids. But hey, i also has good morals to teach the kids as well ;) I still enjoy the movie. A good family movie.

Frisby 2007
Frisby 2007

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