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Babar: The Movie Review

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OK for kids 5+

Animated elephant adventure has some peril.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Babar: The Movie is a highly entertaining animated adventure with positive messages and fun musical numbers, but with one major scene of troubling violence and peril up front. An elephant village is raided and torched, with multiple instances of elephant mothers and children forcibly separated and in distress, and some elephant/rhino fighting. That issue aside, the movie is a funny and sweet tale of friendship and adventure suitable for any age.

  • How did Babar outsmart the rhinos without using violence?
  • What other adventures have you seen set in the jungle? Did the animals play by the same rules that Babar and his friends followed?
  • Learn about how animals get along in the jungle by visiting the library and checking out books about the habitat.

The good stuff
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    Educational value: Introduces kids to the Babar story and could lead to reading the books. Plenty of great social lessons about problem solving and conflict resolution.

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    Messages: The film espouses messages of loyalty, doing the right thing, resolving conflict without violence, treating others with fairness, and paying back kindness with good deeds.

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    Role models: Babar, his cousin Celeste, and their friend Zephir the monkey are all loyal friends who stick by each other, reciprocate kindness, and exhibit compassion.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: A relatively brief, but pivotal scene early in the film packed with bloodless violence and high peril: A village burns and elephants run from the flames in distress. Gruff, menacing rhinos wield torches, enslave elephants. Multiple mother elephants are separated from their children, with kids shown crying alone. Babar fights with a few rhinos, and is knocked to the ground a few times. Cousin Celeste is thrown into a well. Elsewhere, a minor scene shows elephants restrained in ropes and chains, being whipped, and there are a few other minor instances of jungle-related fright: a lion baring fangs, a dustup ensues with a mean alligator.

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    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Babar: The Movie fits within a long line of Babar vehicles, beginning with the initial French book series, and extending to television and film that have produced products such as stuffed animals, clothing, and other character-related merchandise.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable