Babar: The Movie

Theatrical Release: June 15, 1991
DVD Release: February 12, 2013
Babar: The Movie


The lovable pachyderm, star of Jean de Brunhoff’s charming and best-loved children’s books, makes the leap from page to film in this Dove-approved, feature-length animated movie originally theatrically released by New Line Cinema. With girlfriend Celeste and the always-humorous monkey, Zephir, by his side, the Elephant monarch tells a tale which unfolds via flashback, of how a much-younger Babar and Celeste save her village from a gang of pugnacious rhinoceroses – led by the evil Rataxes — that have come to raid it. Thanks to the soon-to-be King and his ingenious friends, the village constructs a massive make-believe mammoth, forcing the Rhinos to beat a hasty retreat – and Elephant land is saved!

Dove Review

This is a wonderful animated movie and is based on a 1931 storybook. Babar is king of the elephants and it is his children’s bedtime. It has been a long day but they want to hear a bedtime story about how the Victory Parade got its name. So Babar tells the tale of when he was a very young king and Celeste came for his help to save her mother and other elephants from the evil rhinos.

The charming stories of lovable King Babar have entertained many of children over the years. This movie is as cute as any of the stories in the series. There is always a moral message in the tales, as in this one it shows the importance of keeping your word and helping friends because some day they may have to help you.

We are so proud to award this movie the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Rhinos attack elephants' village; rhino's whipping of elephants; elephant thrown in a well; creature is chased by a crocodile.
Drugs: Rhinos drinking.
Nudity: None
Other: In a song it mentions Rataxes as lord and master.


Company: Entertainment One Films
Genre: Children
Runtime: 96 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe