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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 unlikable 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.
  • Anti-Villain: Sleek.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Catchphrase:
    • 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'!"
  • Cats Are Mean: Sleek.
  • Cool Cat: Dandi Andi the lion.
  • Cruel Elephant: Blacktrunk.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • Evil Poacher: Prospero.
  • Expressive Ears: Jake the fox kit has these - in particular, his ears will pin all the way back when he's scared.
  • 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".
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  • 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. Also...
    • Baths Are Fun: In "Soaped!", once they get him into the bubbly fountain...
    Jake: Why didn't you tell me taking a bath was so much fun?!
  • Heinous Hyena: Hoot is a notable aversion of this trope. While she is a practical joker, she always means well and is generally friendly.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: "Tusktastic" and "thumpin," both also used in the program's opening theme.
  • The Hyena: Hoot. A given since she is literally a hyena.
  • 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 Can't Hear You: In "Badou's Best Adventure," Badou ventures into the lair of the Spider Queen to return her precious horn to her pile of treasure. He places it on top and she comes running up shouting about thieves. He explains that he's just returning her horn. She holds said horn up to her ear and he explains it again.
  • 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."
  • King of Beasts: Dandi Andi is the respected King of the savannah, but he's also friendly and easygoing.
  • Lighter and Softer: Being aimed at much younger children, this series lacks most of the danger and adventure that the original series had.
  • 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, the crocodile sailor Captain Darling, and the Boss of the Slogs.
  • 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.
  • 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). In "King Badou vs The Pirates", Badou tells Pom and Celeste to "say hello to Aunt Flora and Aunt Isabelle" when they go on a trip.
  • Real After All: In "The Wisdom Toad," there's supposedly a toad called the Wisdom Toad that supposedly knows the right answer to everything. However, it turns out that says "Yep" every time a question is posed of it. When Crocodylus tries to use it to trick the crocodiles into making him leader, Badou discovers a whole pond of these toads and finds that some of them say "Yep" and some "Nope." He therefore pulls a swap, swapping the supposed "Wisdom Toad" for one of the ones that says "Nope," so that when Crocodylus asks it if he should be leader, this is what it says. Afterwards, he shows the pond of frogs to the true crocodile leader and everyone present agrees that it was never a good idea to let a toad choose the leader. Everyone clears out except for Badou and Babar, and Badou asks Babar if he thinks it's possible that there could be a real Wisdom Toad. A voice calls out from the pond: "Maybe."
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Munroe is a crested porcupine, and Squeeze is a rock python.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Squeeze.
  • So Proud of You: At the end of "King Badou vs. the Pirates," after the situation with the pirates is resolved, Babar tells Badou "You're going to make a fine king one day, Badou. I am very, very proud of you."
  • Taught by Experience: Discussed in "Badou's Best Adventure." Badou is feeling sad and Babar asks why. He says it's because he thinks he'll never be as good an adventurer as Babar and Heropotamus are, that they never make mistakes. Babar explains that the two of them are good adventurers because they've adventured for so long and made a lot of mistakes, which they've learned from.
  • 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.
  • Wishing for More Wishes: In "Starbreaker," when Badou and others wish on a wishing star, Jake wishes for a thousand more wishes. Almost immediately after, a meteorite falls from the sky. Jake's incorrect believe that he "broke the wishing star" serves as the basis for the plot of the story.


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