Babar, roi des éléphants
Animation / France / 1998 / 35 mm / couleur / 1h20
Babar has a happy childhood living in the forest with his mother. But one day she is killed by hunters. Babar, orphaned and alone, wanders through the forest until he comes across a city. An old woman takes him in and teaches him how to live among humans.
Babar and his creator Jean de Brunhoff
It was Jean de Brunhoff’s wife, Cécile, who first created Babar. She had the habit of telling stories to her son including the story of a little elephant who runs away to escape from a hunter and arrives in a city where he dresses up like a man. The boy’s father, a painter, turned the story into an illustrated book which was published under the title L’Histoire de Babar le petit éléphant (The Story of Babar the little elephant) in 1931 which coincided with the Colonial Exhibition in Paris. Babar was an unprecedented success in France and the United-States. In 1969 Jean de Brunhoff’s son continued the adventures of Babar and adapted them for French television.