Western Animation: Babar and the Adventures of Badou

Babar and the Adventures of Badou is a 2011 computer-animated series. It is based on the Babar books by Jean de Brunhoff, and focuses on Badou, the Grandson of King Babar.

Gorden Pinsent, who voiced Babar in the 80s cartoon, reprises his role here.


This series provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Lady Rataxes is a lot more selfish and unlikeable in this series. Conversely, Rataxes himself is depicted as dimmer and far less of a threat than in the previous series.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. Though the kids often wind up handling things, it's most often a matter of choice rather than necessity.
  • Animal Gender Bender: Miss Strich is a female ostrich with black feathers.
  • Arc Welding : 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 finding a treasure that was metioned in a throwaway line in the first episode.
  • Battle Cry: Munroe gets "Battle Rattle!"
  • Butt Monkey: Ambassador Crocodylus, and Miss Strich. Zawadi suffers from this too, mostly being accidentally jabbed by Munroe's quills.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Badou: "Nits and gnats!"
    • Chiku: "In a monkey minute!"
    • Munroe: "They're thrillin' for a quillin'."
    • Jake: "Stinkies!"
    • Crocodylus: "Muck and mire!"
    • Hoot: "No foolin'!"
  • Cool Cat: Dandi Andi the lion.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • Evil Poacher: Prospero.
  • Fantastic Racism: It's stated several times in the show that "wild" animals such as Sleek absolutely hate "civilized" animals such as Babar. Which leads to...
  • Fantastic Slur: "Tame towners."
    • This is so common that even nice-guy wild animal Dandy King Andi uses it in the episode "Council of Crowns". The same episode gives us a counter-insult, courtesy of Lady Rataxes (naturally): "Scruffy wild-lifer".
  • Fastball Special: Babar and Badou both like using their trunks to power this maneuver, whether it's Babar throwing Badou (The Trunk Toss) or Badou throwing Munroe (The Needle Nab).
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Furry Confusion: Several characters such as Sleek behave like wild animals (including apparently 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.
  • Happily Adopted: Jake, by Cornelius.
    • In "Day of the Jake", we find out that Jake was a foundling, adopted by the lioness trio of Hannah, Ramsey and Skyla prior to being washed toward town by a flood and found and adopted by Cornelius.
  • Hates Baths: Jake the fox kit, though he's willing to make the occasional exception.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: "Tusktastic" and "thumpin," both also used in the program's opening theme.
  • The Hyena: Hoot, literally.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Gone Wild," Miss Strich (observing Badou and Chiku's wilderness survival training) comments on how insects are an "excellent source of protein," then freaks out when she accidentally swallows a fly.
  • I Call It "Vera": Prospero refers to his snake-shaped staff as "Sly", even speaking to it on occasion.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In "Copy Cat," Zawadi expresses a desire to stand out from the rest of her herd.
  • Interspecies Romance: Dandi Andi flirts with Miss Strich in "Gone Wild."
  • Put on a Bus: Arthur, Alexander, Flora, Isabelle, Pompadour, Troopadour, Victor, Basil and Madame (Justified that she was very elderly when Babar was a kid and likely passed away since, Cornelius on the other hand has the excuse that Elephants live much longer than humans).
  • The Mole: Crocodylus. He doesn't even try to hide it. Babar lets him live in the palace, though, because Failure Is the Only Option for his schemes.
  • The Moving Experience: Used in "Operation Secret Suitcase"
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Ambassador Crocodilius, and his nephew Dilash. Averted for his other nephew, Tersh, and the crocodile sailor Captain Darling.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Employed by Ms. Strich in "Bird in the Hand" to thwart Prospero.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Prospero loves using these. Averted, in that only those who have no idea what he looks like are ever fooled.
  • Prickly Porcupine: Munroe.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Seldom Seen Species: Munroe is a crested porcupine. Also Hoot, who is a spotted hyena (an animal hardly seen outside of The Lion King).
  • Time Skip: 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.