Babar S1 DVD Review
is a children's
program based upon the acclaimed children's books by Jean and Laurent
Brunhoff. The series follows the adventures of the king elephant Babar,
addition to his family and extended tree of friends. This marvelous
worth exploration and parents are strongly encouraged to share this gem
is the central character as the lovable king elephant with years of
share with those who surround him (including his loving children).
married to the equally enchanting Celeste, who provides guidance and
their wonderful children and to the people of the peaceful kingdom.
Alexander, and Isabelle are their four children who each have wonderful
uniquely spirited personalities.
is a wise, gentle, kind, and loving elderly lady who helped raise Babar
young elephant and taught the elephant many of the important life
grew to recognize as essential. Other characters include the comical
Zephir, intelligent Cornelius, kingdom advisor Pompadour, and Rataxes,
leads the kingdom Rhinoland which is constantly a society coming into
of minor conflict with Babar's kingdom.
series was created in 1989. These stories have been told over the
course of six
seasons that spanned from the original broadcast year of 1989 to 2000.
the stories can be seen as being primarily utilized to share important
with youth. Lessons in life can share
great thematic elements with young children, in a way that can be
and appreciated throughout life. Babar
always seemed to be a program that considered that aspect one of its
animation is sweetly simplistic with a maturity in style that also
an element of sophistication. That description's a good way to examine
carefully nuanced animation, which is constantly beautifully drawn,
animated in every possible way, and brought to life as only truly
animators can accomplish. The character designs are memorable; the
often limited except when lush briefly displayed detailed
on screen and elevate the material.
is one of those children's programs that can even be a good series for
to watch from along with the kids. It is so well made and
provides so much
educational value that it's no wonder that Babar is now referred
to as The
Classic Series (as the DVD release has proclaimed over the title
is one of the most beloved children's programs to date and it will
such with its always worthwhile stories to share with viewers of all
series has a simple storytelling approach and yet it never addresses
issues. The format of the scripts is delicately balanced so as to be
educational for young audiences and at the same time both direct and
entertaining. The themes addressed are a great way for a viewing
become more familiar with the unique educational approach.
a marvelous program for young audiences and it made a huge impact upon
world of children's series during the years it was on air as a new
program, and it has remained a well-spirited story worth sharing with
Set (Season 1, Episodes 1-13):
fans of the beloved program can finally let out a sigh of relief in
that the company entertainmentOne has begun releasing Babar
in full season sets. That is what all fans like myself wanted
for the series and it is finally being treated with some degree of
by receiving in-order release. Babar is
a true classic in animated television.
best thing about the introductory season is that you get to experience
formation of the show in a way that you simply cannot experience simply
tuning in to any random or out of sequence episode the series produced
seasons. Getting to know the way in which Babar first became King, how
Madame, and other details related to how an entirely magical show like
became a classic is part of the fun in seeing the beginning.
it's true that the series doesn't follow much of an ongoing storyline
some details that can only be fully appreciated in the full season
no mistake: the series is best viewed this way.
two of the episodes included on a prior volume release make it over to
release, fans shouldn't be disappointed seeing as how the potential for
sets was previously unclear and it obviously wouldn't have made sense
company to NOT include these season one episodes just because they were
previous compilation. For the record, it was the City Ways
and An Elephant's
Best Friend episodes from the Best
Friends Forever volume that were season one episodes.
the low price point and the high-quota of classic television found on
release make sure to consider purchasing the set if you are a fan of
lovable elephants from Babar's kingdom. It's a great way to revisit
and make new ones with any family members who may have missed out the
First Step, City Ways, Babar Returns, The
Elephants, Babar's Triumph, Babar's
Choice, Race to the Moon, No Place
Like Home, An Elephant's Best Friend,
The Show Must Go On, To Duet or Not to Duet,
The Missing, Crown Affair, and The Phantom.
presented with a
1.33:1 full frame image that preserves the original broadcast aspect
DVD promotes the video as digitally restored and remastered but this
still seems to have shown some aging without an entirely dedicated
animation seems more dated on the first season collection than on the
The animation is dull in color. This set's promotion of restoration
that perhaps the source materials were in awful shape for these
releases to be
considered as improved. Nothing about this release would indicate that
restoration was done besides the box claiming that the series received
are somewhat muted and there are interlacing issues that can be a
Inconsistency in image stability is also a minor issue. The overall PQ
terrible but nothing resembles a truly impressive presentation in this
department and fans might consider this disappointing but still
are three audio options available (each presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital
English, Spanish, and French. No subtitles are provided.
sound quality compares similarity to the video quality in that there
lot of strength in dynamics or in the range of the sound clarity but
dialogue reproduction is easy enough to follow. The show may not have a
presentation but it is still "watchable" nonetheless - There aren't
used as effects but the always soothing and melodic score is one of the
trademarks of Babar and sounds reasonably good on this release.
individual volumes contained short Babar
coloring books and were otherwise lacking any extra bonus material.
set skips the coloring book and doesn't include a single extra at all.
exactly what I hoped would happen with Babar
on DVD: the release of full season sets. I had given positive reviews
individual volumes despite my preference for an entire season release
had hoped to see each season be preserved on DVD. The series deserved
given that sort of release pattern. And... here it is. Fans can at last
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.