First appearing in Histoire de Babar, Jean de Brunhoff’s 1931 storybook classic based on a tale that his wife Cecile had invented for their children, Babar the Elephant has, for 80 years, captivated millions around the globe. The story of the little elephant who leaves the jungle, visits a big city and returns to bring the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants has been captured in a multitude of best-selling books (tens of million sold worldwide, and more than 1000 titles in print), motion pictures and animated series, including “Classic Babar,” which currently airs on Qubo, as well as a new hit series, “Babar and the Adventures of Badou,” which airs on Disney Junior.
Entertainment One invites families to discover the magical world of de Brunhoff’s elephant king with the debut DVD release of BABAR: THE CLASSIC SERIES: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. Originally seen on HBO, these wonderfully animated stories – 13 episodes in all, perfect for the whole family and never before available together as a complete season – follow Babar, his family and friends undertaking many challenges and adventures, all while teaching the most valuable lesson of all: despite life's challenges, great things are possible if one never gets discouraged. As Babar says, “Long live happiness!”
My ThoughtsThe 9 hour drive to Myrtle Beach, SC is almost unbearable, but with the Babar Complete First Season DVD set, the kids were quite content in the backseat, watching, laughing and enjoying the episodes. They all loved Babar and have continually asked to watch these dvds again. Of course, I happily oblige. I am so happy that this classic series is still as loved today as it was in the 1930s and I love that I can share something from my childhood with my children.
What's more is that my 11 year-old nephew rode in the car with us to eat one night and the boys were watching Babar. He sat quietly watching and, as we were getting out of the car, he said to me,"You know, that Babar show is actually pretty good, even for older kids"! I agree because I enjoy watching it and am in my thirties. Plus, it has such a great message, always teaching something new in each episode. You can keep up with Babar news on the Babar Facebook Page!
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