Babar Is 80! Celebrate with Two New DVDs
Histoire de Babar was published in 1931; who would have expected that his popularity would outlast the average elephant’s life span—or that he’d publish a book about yoga for elephants? September 6, 2011, marked the release of two DVDs in the eOne DVD series Babar: The Classic Series. The DVDs hail from the award-winning 1989-1991 HBO Family series (digitally restored and remastered) and feature stories of Babar’s adventures.
Babar: The Classic Series: Best Friends Forever emphasizes teamwork, cooperation, and understanding in four episodes “that focus on the bonds Babar shares with his pals and family.” Babar, lost in the city, is befriended by the Old Lady who clues him in on how to fit in to the human world, in “City Ways.” “Between Friends” tells the tale of two friends who have an accident and end up in court, and two friends are involved in an argument in “Friendly Agreement”—they promise to never again speak to each other, but sometimes promises are hard to keep. A warthog is “An Elephant’s Best Friend,” but Babar must soon part with him when he learns the animal belongs to someone else.
School challenges and adventures are featured in Babar: The Classic Series: School Days, four stories centered around experiences Babar and his friends had in school. Babar recalls being bullied because he and his friends looked “different” in “School Days”; “Kings of the Castle” is a Babar take on The Prince and the Pauper in which Babar and a rhinoceros change places for a day; lying is addressed in the basketball story “Every Basket Has a Silver Lining”; and Babar must decide if he should stand by his friends or do what is right in “Peer Pressure.” Skills and values emphasized in Babar: The Classic Series: School Days are acceptance, friendship, honesty, patience, and decision-making.
Recommended for family viewing, each DVD includes an 8-page coloring book.