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Babar
Format Animated series
Directed by Dale Balls
Starring Gavin McGrath
Gordon Pinsent
Dawn Greenhalgh
Stuart Stone
Elizabeth Hanna
Stephen Ouimette
Allen Stewart-Coates
Corrine Koslo
John Stocker
Chris Wiggins
Bobby Becken
Benjamin Barrett
Amos Crawley
Lea-Helen Weir
Lisa Yamanaka
Country of origin  Canada (Quebec)
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 78 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time Approximately 23 Minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana Limited
Ellipse
The Clifford Ross Company
Broadcast
Original channel NTV/HBO
24/7 Digital Network Reruns: Wednesdays on ION, Saturdays on NBC and Telemundo on qubo, and weekdays on Knowledge and Treehouse. (September 2, 2006 – October 5th, 2007), (July 4th, 2008 – September 27, 2008), (April 22, 2009 - present)
24/7 Digital Network (December 3, 2007 to Present)
Original run January 3, 1989 – 31 August 2000

Babar is an animated television series produced in Canada by Nelvana Limited and The Clifford Ross Company. It premiered in 1989 on NTV, and HBO, subsequently was rerun on HBO Family and qubo. The series is based on Jean de Brunhoff's original Babar books, and was Nelvana's first international co-production. The series has been broadcast in 30 languages in over 150 countries. New episodes of Babar currently air on NBC during the weekends, via Qubo.

Contents

Plot

Based on the books by Jean de Brunhoff and Laurent de Brunhoff, the plot focuses on the story of Babar as it is told by him to his children. Babar is a young elephant who undergoes many challenges and adventures. But Babar always finds the strength to rise above difficulty and search out every cloud's silver lining. Babar is crowned king of the elephants, plans and builds Celesteville, and becomes a father himself. And he learns the greatest lesson of all: despite life's challenges, great things are possible if one never gets discouraged.

Voices of the characters

  • Gordon Pinsent as King Babar
  • Dawn Greenhalgh as Queen Celeste
  • Lea-Helen Weir as Flora #2 (1989–present)
  • Stuart Stone as Cousin Arthur (1989–1990)/ Alexander #2 (1990–present)
  • Lisa Yamanaka as Flora #1(1989–1990)/ Isabelle (1989–present)
  • Jeff Pustil as Zephir
  • Paul Haddad as Uncle Arthur
  • Stephen Ouimette as Pompadour
  • Elizabeth Hanna as Madame
  • Allen Stewart-Coates as Lord Rataxes
  • Corrine Koslo as Lady Rataxes
  • John Stocker as Basil
  • Chris Wiggins as Cornelius
  • Noah Godfrey as Victor (1990–present)
  • Gavin Magrath as Young Babar (1989–1990)
  • Tara Charendoff as Young Celeste (1989–1990)
  • Bobby Becken as Pom (1989–1990)
  • Amos Crawley as Alexander #1 (1989–1990)
  • Jeff McGibbon Additional Voices
  • Tasha Simms Additional Voices
  • Dan Hennessey Additional Voices
  • Frank Catalano Additional Voices
  • Robert Bockstael Additional Voices
  • William Colgate Additional Voices
  • Carl Banas Additional Voices
  • Joyce Gordon Additional Voices
  • George Buza Additional Voices
  • Don Francks Additional Voices
  • Michael Fantini Additional Voices
  • Garreth Bennett Additional Voices
  • Wayne Robson Additional Voices
  • Michael Longstaff Additional Voices
  • Jayne Eastwood Additional Voices
  • Alyson Court Additional Voices
  • Maxine Miller Additional Voices
  • Keith Knight Additional Voices
  • Graham Haley Additional Voices (credited his spelled surname Graham Halley)
  • Barbara Hamilton Additional Voices
  • Ian Heath Additional Voices
  • Ron Rubin Additional Voices
  • Sunny Besen Thrasher Additional Voices
  • Catherine Disher Additional Voices
  • Rex Hagon Additional Voices
  • Judy Marshak Additional Voices
  • Marvin Goldhar Additional Voices
  • Andrew Sabiston Additional Voices
  • Richard Binsley Additional Voices
  • Thick Wilson Additional Voices
  • Noah Slater Additional Voices
  • Denise Pidgeon Additional Voices
  • Greg Duffell Additional Voices
  • Catherine Gallant Additional Voices
  • Taborah Johnson Additional Voices
  • Alan Fawcett Additional Voices
  • Melleny Brown Additional Voices
  • David Fox Additional Voices
  • Colin Fox Additional Voices
  • Mark Hellman Additional Voices
  • Jeri Craden Additional Voices
  • Hadley Kay Additional Voices
  • Rob Cowan Additional Voices
  • Susan Roman Additional Voices
  • Mairon Bennett Additional Voices
  • Sharon Lewis Additional Voices
  • Ray Landry Additional Voices
  • Marlow Vella Additional Voices
  • Neil Crone Additional Voices
  • Greg Spottiswood Additional Voices
  • Terri Hawkes Additional Voices
  • Barbara Budd Additional Voices
  • Michael Lamport Additional Voices
  • Judith Orban Additional Voices
  • Colin O'Meara Additional Voices
  • Ellen-Ray Hennessy Additional Voices
  • Paulina Gillis Additional Voices
  • Linda Sorensen Additional Voices
  • Diane Fabian Additional Voices
  • Loretta Jafelice Additional Voices
  • Noam Zylberman Additional Voices
  • Peter MacNeill Additional Voices
  • Gordon Masten Additional Voices
  • Desmond Ellis Additional Voices
  • Luba Goy Additional Voices
  • Linda Feige Additional Voices
  • Chas Lawther Additional Voices
  • Michael Beattie Additional Voices
  • Keith Hampshire Additional Voices
  • Geoffrey Bowes Additional Voices
  • Christopher Ward Additional voices
  • Sean McCann Additional Voices
  • Philip Akin Additional Voices
  • Robert Haist Additional Voices
  • Joe Roncetti Additional Voices
  • John Tarzwell Additional Voices
  • Raymond Accolas Additional Voices
  • Katie Coristine Additional Voices
  • Tomy Beurick Additional Voices
  • Greg Swanson Additional Voices
  • Marsha Moreau Additional Voices
  • Peter Wildman Additional Voices (credited his wrong first name Beter Wildman)
  • Sean Roberge Additional Voices

Characters

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Babar's family

  • Babar: The King of Celesteville. He brought his love of the city back to the great forest and built the beautiful, happy kingdom of Celesteville. However, he is a dedicated ruler and world traveler. Babar is very happy when he picnics at the lake with his family or joining in the antics of his lively children. His elephant mother was shot by a poacher when he was young, so he is very protective and caring of his family, as well as the elephants and others animals of the kingdom in general.
  • Celeste: Babar's Wife and Queen of Celesteville. She has also traveled the world and has had many great adventures. She has a regal presence, an engaging manner and a gentle sense of humor.
  • Arthur: Babar's mischief-making brother-in-law. He often gets himself (and one or more of the children) involved with practical jokes and stunts. Although the English and French versions of the official characters page lists him as a cousin, this goes against the canon of the show where he is clearly referred to as Celeste's brother, Babar's brother-in-law, and the uncle of Babar and Celeste's children. The Japanese version of the official Babar characters page also refers to him as Celeste’s younger brother. In addition, neither Celeste nor Arthur is ever referred to as a cousin of Babar, in the show. In the book, "The Story of Babar", Celeste and Arthur are shown to have two different mothers and we are told they are Babar's cousin and little cousin, respectively. This difference between the source material (the books) and adaptation (the animated television series) could explain the discrepancy between the English and French character pages and the show's own canon.
  • Pom: The oldest of the triplets and the leader of the children. He is protective of his brother and sisters though he will gladly join in with Alexander in playfully teasing his sisters, Flora and Isabelle.
  • Flora: Flora is fun-loving and strong-willed. She can more than hold her own with her two brothers. Whether building tree houses, sliding down the banister at the palace, or preparing a surprise breakfast for their parents, Flora is always immersed in the action.
  • Alexander: The smallest of the triplets, is a non-stop ball of entertainment who is into everything and disarmingly naive about the commotion he causes.
  • Isabelle: The youngest of the four children. She began to walk and talk early in her age.

Isabelle started as a baby in the series, but as the series progressed, she matured as a toddler.

Babar's close friends, and royal court

  • Madame (The Old Lady): From their first meeting in the city, the Old Lady and Babar shared a special friendship. She gave him a home and taught him about life in the city. Though she missed him greatly, she understood his decision to return to the forest. Babar built her a home in Celesteville, where she made the decision to stay and live with her friends, the elephants.
  • Zephir: One of Babar's oldest friends, and is considered one of the family. He is the first to take off with Arthur and the kids on some crazy adventure. But Babar knows that Zephir can always be trusted to look after the children and bring them home safely.
  • Cornelius: The oldest and wisest elephant in Celesteville, and the Prime Minister, who takes his job as Babar's chief adviser very seriously, whether accompanying Babar on state visits or organizing numerous Celesteville parades. His catchphrase is "My tusks!"
  • Pompadour: Another adviser to Babar, often opposes radical ideas and very adherent to proper protocol. He also serves as the Finance Minister. At times, Pompadour dislikes Celeste because of her "lack of proper protocol."
  • Troubadour: Pompadour's assistant, a smaller elephant who does not speak but is very dedicated to helping Babar and his family.
  • Truffles: The palace cook, often easily upset by various situations in the palace.

Rataxes' family

  • Lord Rataxes: The king of Rhinoland. He is sometimes an antagonist and sometimes an ally. At some point between the flashbacks and the present day events of the show, Rataxes signed a peace treaty with Babar. In the series he is seen as a bumbling and occasionally incompetent oaf, although he is seen in the film as an evil and menacing ruler.
  • Lady Rataxes: Rataxes' wife. She is very demanding of her husband, and is also on friendly terms with Babar, Celeste and the elephants, on most occasions. Her real name is Louise (as learned in the episode "No Place Like Home"), but she is generally called Lady Rataxes.
  • Victor: Rataxes' son. He is friends with Babar's three eldest children (the triplets). He is also in the same grade and class as them, in school.
  • Basil: Rataxes' adviser. He does most of the paperwork, is the Head of Security for the rhino palace, and has also served as Rataxes' travel agent and spy. He is also a self proclaimed fitness nut. He is extremely loyal to Rataxes and very humble, though not above poking fun at his boss in a very subtle manner from time to time.

Alternative Titles

  • מסיפורי המלך בבר (Misiporai HaMelech Babar, literally "From the stories of King Babar") - Israeli Title
  • ぞうのババール (Zou no Babar) - Japanese Title

References

External links

Catergory: 2000 television series endings


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