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''Babar'' is a series of popular French children's books first published in 1931, about a young elephant who leaves his jungle, visits a large city where he befriends an elderly lady and learns of human ways. After he returns to his jungle, Babar shares what he's learned about human ways with his fellow elephants, followed by the elephants deciding to construct a city they name Celesteville. Finally, Babar is made king of the elephants.

An AnimatedSeries was produced by {{Nelvana}} and originally aired between 1989 and 1991 and in 2000. The series was broadcast in 30 languages in over 150 countries, making it one of the largest distributed animated shows up to that point. There have also been two movies, but both came and went at the box office with little fanfare.

A new AllCGICartoon version, ''WesternAnimation/BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou'', began airing on the Disney Junior block of DisneyChannel on Valentine's Day, 2011.

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!!Tropes featured in the ''Babar'' animated series include:

* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Rataxes, in various Rhinoland polls. Despite his tendencies, this often worries Rataxes.
* ActionMom: Celeste (and, to a lesser extent, Babar's mother) when the situation calls for it.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Pompadour's numerous 'Pachyderm Public Opinion Polls'.
* AerithAndBob: Babar and Celeste. Rataxes and his wife, Lady Rataxes, AKA Louise.
* AnAesop: You bet. Pretty much used in every episode.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Arthur’s robots “Bob” and “Bob Jr.”
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dabKIf_jygc "Graduation"]] by Arisa Mizuki as its theme song.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Pompadour. Tuskless and very effeminate.
* AnimalGenderBender: Madmoiselle Soretoza from "The Show Must Go On" is a female ostrich with black-and-white male plumage.
* AnthropomorphicShift: Willingly invoked by the characters themselves. After Babar returned from the city and shared his experiences there, the rest of the elephants (plus other jungle animals, all of them being {{Talking Animal}}s) found such human civilization aspects (houses, cars, books, clothes, walking upright, etc.) as highly appealing, and decided to adapt them for themselves and become {{Civilized Animal}}s, including building the city of Celesteville.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Pompadour, Cornelius and Basil occasionally suffer from this.
* BigNo: Babar when he discovers his mother's dead body.
* BoisterousBruiser: Rataxes.
* BowtiesAreCool: Babar sports a red one.
* CanonForeigner: Pompadour, Trubadour and Basil.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Babar and Celeste.
* CivilizedAnimal: The citizens of Celesteville.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: All animals, including the rhinos.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Perhaps unintentional; Pompadour is a tall, [[AmbiguouslyGay effeminate]], KnowNothingKnowItAll elephant in a yellow/golden outfit, and his companion Trubadour is a [[ShorterMeansSmarter short, smart]], [[TheSpeechless mute]] elephant in a blue outfit. [[Franchise/StarWars Now replace "elephant" with "droid"...]]
** Considering the characters were created back in the 1930's, and Babar's never been all that big in the US, we may safely assume it was accidental.
*** However, these two specific characters were created specifically for the TV show in 1989, and it's safe to think that ''Franchise/StarWars'' was big in Canada and France. Nelvana animated the Boba Fett segment of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' and the ''Droids'' and ''Ewoks'' animated series to boot.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Zephyr, Babar's best friend.
** Other monkeys or apes appear in certain episodes as well, such as a gorilla princess Babar is supposed to escort at a palace ball in the episode ''Babar's Choice'', and a Film/KingKong-like giant ape in ''Conga the Terrible''.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Rataxes has a rather deep voice.
* FantasticRacism: Rataxes' contempt for all things elephantine is a running gag.
* FiveEpisodePilot: The first five episodes chronicle Babar's dealings with the Hunter and his attempts to bring civilization to the jungle. The status quo achieved at the end of the fifth episode and remains for the rest of the series.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: The majority of the cast.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: One of Zephyr's pranks in the episode ''Monkey Business'' is replacing the royal flag with Cornelius's underpants.
* HappilyMarried: Babar and Celeste.
* HenpeckedHusband: Probably the only person Rataxes is scared of is Lady Rataxes.
* HighClassGlass: Pompadour, and Babar in "City Ways" when he tries to be someone he's not.
* HonorableElephant: The elephants live in TheKingdom, while the rhinoceroses seem to be a military dictatorship ruled by an InsaneAdmiral.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Basil, who seems to put in more effort in running Rhinoland than his boss Rataxes.
* HyperspaceHolmesHat: In the episode ''The Missing Crown Affair'', Zephyr produces a deerstalker by turning his usual hat inside-out.
* IAmTheNoun: Mademoiselle Soretoza in "The Show Must Go On." - "I am the show."
* IMissMom: Young Babar does this in some of the earlier episodes.
* InevitableWaterfall: Used in "The Land of the Underground" in the final season, when Babar jumps into the rushing river to save one of the mole brothers.
* InsecuritySystem: Rataxes has Basil design and install one of these in the Rhinoland royal pyramid in one episode.
* KillItWithFire: The Hunter attempts to do this to ''every animal in the forest.''
* TheKingdom: A kingdom of elephants, no less.
* LimitedWardrobe: Most of the cast, though they can often be seen sporting situation-specific costumes in various episodes (raincoats, racing jumpsuits, party costumes, fishing clothes, swimwear). Lampshaded in one episode when Zephyr, temporarily acting as Babar's personal assistant, has ''all'' of Babar's trademark green suits sent to the cleaners, resulting in the King of Celesteville having to give a public address in his bathrobe.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: The Old Lady, Babar's surrogate mother is the [[TokenHuman only human]] in Celesteville, living among {{Civilized Animal}}s.
* MischiefMakingMonkey: Zephyr is often mischievous.
* TheMovie: More or less a remake of cartoon series though.
* NeverSayDie: ZigZagged. In early episodes death is discussed and even shown, but after the construction of Celesteville things have become so safe that the worst thing an assassin can be said to have planned for Babar is kidnapping.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted somewhat with Babar and Celeste's youngest daughter, Isabelle, who goes from baby to toddler over the course of the series.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Pompadour and Basil can both throw literal mountains of paperwork at you on a moments' notice.
* PermissionToSpeakFreely: Babar's subjects occasionally ask this of him. Though Babar is so cool-headed that they could probably just speak their minds without having to ask it.
* ThePrimaDonna: Madmoiselle Soretoza, the ostrich ballet dancer, from "The Show Must Go On".
* RaisedByHumans: Babar was raised by Madame.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Babar could very well be the type's exemplar. Cornelius is also a good example.
* ReTool: The final season of the original series featured a major shift in direction, sending Babar and his family on a hot-air balloon through a number of {{Magical Land}}s including the Land of Toys and the Land of Mysterious Water, journeying for the great Land of Happiness. To signify this, the opening credits sequence was altered for the only time in the show's history and the opening and closing themes were changed to a remixed version of the theme that had previously been used for the closing credits. This version of the program is technically an {{Anime}} - it was made in part by Ellipse Anime and the episodes were written by Japanese writers.
* RhinoRampage: Happens several times in the earlier episodes.
** There's also a Rhinoland holiday of the same name.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Babar (and his family). Possibly also Lord Rataxes.
* SameSexTriplets: Averted: Pom and Alexander are boys, Flora is a girl.
* SelfServingMemory: Affects Celeste and Zephyr's accounts of the fenderbender that lands them in court in one episode.
* SherlockHomage: Zephyr in "The Missing Crown Affair" puts on a deerstalker hat and walks around with a magnifying glass when he helps Babar find his stolen crown.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Basil has often shown being more intelligent than Rataxes, but is a lot shorter than him.
** Trubadour is somewhat smarter than Pompadour, too.
* ShoutOut: Many, to everything from Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds to ThePhantomOfTheOpera to old [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] films.
* TheSpeechless: Trubadour.
* TalkingAnimal: Of course.
* TitleThemeDrop: The opening and closing themes are regularly featured as background music.
* TortureCellar: Rataxes' son Victor implies that the basement dungeon of the family pyramid was like this, until "Mom had it redecorated".
* {{Tsundere}}: Lady Rataxes
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The episodes of the first season or consist entirely of these, with each being introduced through the device of the adult Babar recalling some incident from his childhood to his children as a bedtime story. Later episodes take place entirely in the present, mostly focusing on the kids (Pom, Alexander and Flora}.
* WithDueRespect: Another phrase that crops up, given the setting
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Mother]]: What the hunter did to Babar's mother.
* YourSizeMayVary: Correlates with the AnthropomorphicShift. While walking on all fours, the elephants are as big as real elephants should be compared to humans, but after starting to walk on two legs and wear clothes, they become not much bigger than large humans.

!!Tropes featured in the original books include:
* AnthropomorphicShift
* ChristmasEpisode: The book ''Babar et le Père Noël'' (''Babar and Santa Claus''), later made into an animated episode.
* KissingCousins: In the books, Babar and Celeste were cousins. This aspect was ignored/changed for the TV series' and film, which made them unrelated to one another.
* NoNameGiven: The Old Lady.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: At least [[OnceAnEpisode once a book.]]
* TokenHuman: The Old Lady is the only human in many of the books. No one remarks on this, ever.


!!Tropes featured in TheMovie include:
* CharacterTitle
* ContinuitySnarl: Celesteville seems to already be built (and named such) on Babar's first day as king here, unlike the books and original TV series.
* EvilOverlord: Lord Rataxes, which is quite surprising considering his character is more complex in the series. He captures elephants from villages, enslaves them, and ultimately tries to conquer their kingdom. (A last-minute ruse from Babar sends him and his rhinos fleeing—quite literally, from his property.)
** "Well, you'll have to excuse me, Your Majesty, BUT I'M OFF TO CRUSH YOUR PUNY KINGDOM TO A PULP!"
* {{Rescue}}

!!Tropes featured in ''Babar and the Adventures of Badou'' include:


* AdaptationalVillainy: Lady Rataxes is a lot more selfish and unlikeable in this series. Conversely, Rataxes himself is depicted as dimmer and less of a threat then in the previous series.
* ArcWelding : Planned from the beginning and done well. After several seemingly isolated episodes an obvious story arc begins and elements introduced in previous episodes become vital to it. It culminates in [[spoiler: finding a treasure that was metioned in a throwaway line in the first episode.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* FantasticRacism: It's stated several times in the show that "wild" animals such as Sleek absolutely ''hate'' "civilized" animals such as Babar.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Badou
** TheLancer: Zawadi
** TheSmartGuy :Jake
** TheBigGuy: Munroe
** TheChick: Chiku
* FurryConfusion: Several characters such as Sleek behave like wild animals (including apparently [[CarnivoreConfusion trying to devour other talking animals]]), intermixing with the usual civilized Babar cast. While the original animated series featured the occasional non-sentient/wild animal (such as Lady Rataxes' pet warthog), this series seems to put a greater emphasis on such.
* HappilyAdopted: Jake, by Cornelius
* HatesBaths: Jake the fox kit.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: "Tusktastic" and "thumpin," both also used in the program's opening theme.
* TheMole: Crocodilius. He doesn't even try to hide it. Babar lets him live in the palace, though, because FailureIsTheOnlyOption for his schemes.
* TheMovingExperience: Used in "Operation Secret Suitcase"
* PricklyPorcupine
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Ambassador Crocodilius, and his nephew Galash. Averted for his other nephew, Tersh, and the crocodile sailor Captain Darling.
* TimeSkip: The series takes place later in Babar's life, after he's become a grandfather (Badou is his grandson). Oddly, Cornelius, who was already an old man by the time Babar ''was born'' in the books' conventional setting, is still alive. Pom is Badou's father and makes semi-regular appearances.
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