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Age by Age Review For: Babar the Movie
Babar the Movie
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Best For Preschoolers (3-5)
Not Rated
Age-By-Age Guide
Animation
The King of the Elephants tells his children a bedtime story about how the Victory Parade got its name.

Babar has been beloved for generations, since he was first introduced as "le petit elephant" by French children's book author Jean de Brunhoff in 1931. This animated tale is full of positive messages about family and friends but it also includes a surprising number of violent and scary scenes. You may want to keep this in mind before settling toddlers in front of the TV, because children--just like elephants--never forget.
Baby (0-2)
Maybe Babies will fall in love with Babar and his family and friends but the battle scenes between the rhinos and the elephants make up most of the movie and may be too intense for very young viewers.
Preschool (3-5)
Yes Preschoolers are likely to want to watch the movie on a parent's lap, especially when elephant babies are snatched from their mothers, who are chained and taken away. Young audiences will get a kick out of Zephir the monkey, as he provides some much-needed comic relief. When future Queen Celeste tells Babar, "You're really something," Zephir adds, "Yeah, something weird!" For many preschoolers, the most interesting part of the movie may be the beginning scenes when Babar tucks his four children into their beds, as they beg for a long bedtime story and little Isabel sucks her trunk.
Kids (6-9)
Maybe Most kids in this age group have outgrown Babar, but those on the younger end will enjoy the nostalgic look back to his pre-royalty days. Those on the older end will appreciate the frustration Babar feels with the bureaucracy of his kingdom.They'll also internalize the law of the jungle that when someone does you a favor, it's your obligation to repay them in some way.
Tweens (10-12)
No This movie is intended for younger children.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
A classic episode from the Babar TV series, “Monkey Business.”
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Empowers children
  • Celebrates family
  • Encourages teamwork and loyalty
Movie Minuses

  • Many frightening elephant-rhinoceros battles
  • Elephant babies are separated from their mothers
  • The elephant village is set on fire
  • Celeste's mother is captured