Babar, King of the Elephants | Chicago Reader

Babar, King of the Elephants

79 minutes

A Canadian-German-French coproduction, this 1999 animated feature is based on the popular series of children's books by Jean de Brunhoff, and tells the story of how Babar lost his mother, grew up among humans, and returned to the jungle to assume his throne. The composition and imagery are workmanlike at best, but the score is jaunty and witty and the middle section, involving a wealthy matron who transforms the orphaned elephant into a French dandy, is breezy fun. Raymond Jafelice directed.

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