Babar - Babar - Intelligent talking grey elephant who walks on his
hind legs, dresses in suits and who starred in the motion picture Babar: The
Movie (1989) and in the animated TV series BABAR/HBO/1989 (52-half-hour
Babar, Celeste and Children
Babar the elephant was born in the Great Forest but escaped to the safety of
the city after his mother is killed by hunters.
In the city, Babar is adopted by a wealthy old woman who attires him in
clothing and teaches him the sophisticated lifestyles of a city dweller. Some
time later, Babar is visited by his cousin Celeste and her younger brother,
When the call of the wild becomes to great to resist, Babar returns to the
Great Forest with Celeste where they marry and have a little son named
Alexander. Now King and Queen of the Elephants, Babar and his mate wisely rule
over their subjects.
Babar first appeared in the 1931 children's book L'Histoire de Babar, le
petit elephant (The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant) written and drawn
by artist Jean de Brunhoff.
The author continued the tales of Babar in a series of successful and
beautifully illustrated books including the 1933 book Le Roi Babar (Babar
the King); the 1934 letter book ABC de Babar (Babar's ABC's); the 1936
Les Vacances de Zéphir (Babar's Friend Zephir); the 1938 Babar en famille
(Babar at Home); the 1939 Le Voyage de Babar (Babar's Travels); and the
1941 Babar et le Père Noël (Babar and Father Christmas).
Upon the death of Babar's creator in 1937, the Babar franchise was continued
by the author's son, Laurent de Brunhoff beginning with the 1946 book Babar
et ce coquin d'Arthur (Babar and that Rascal Arthur).
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