Babar: The Movie

1989 G 1h 19m DVD

Babar: The Movie

1989 G 1h 19m DVD
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The lovable pachyderm who stars in Jean de Brunhoff's charming children's books makes the leap from page to film in this animated adventure. With Celeste and the always-humorous monkey, Zephir, by his side, Babar is ready to take on Rataxes, a rhino who's taken charge of Babar's beloved Elephantland. Who will prevail?
Gordon Pinsent, Elizabeth Hanna, Lisa Yamanaka, Marsha Moreau, Bobby Becken, Amos Crawley, Gavin Magrath, Sarah Polley, Stephen Ouimette, Chris Wiggins, John Stocker, Charles Kerr
Alan Bunce
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
age 5+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


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.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

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.


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.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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