This is an ORIGINAL Black & White PHOTOGRAPH measuring 8"x 10" from HBO Television, featuring one of the most popular children's book characters in his own series,


This Photo in good shape features the animated family series cast from the episode BABAR's FIRST STEP. It's in good shape, and a nice ORIGINAL Photograph!

Babar the Elephant is a very popularFrenchchildren'sfictional characterwho first appeared in Histoire de Babar byJean de Brunhoffin1931and enjoyed immediate success. AnEnglish languageversion, entitled The Story of Babar, appeared in1933in Britain and also in the United States. The book is based on a tale that Brunhoff's wife, Cecile, had invented for their children. It tells of a youngelephantcalled Babar who leaves thejungle, visits a big city, and returns to bring the benefits ofcivilizationto his fellow elephants. Then he comes back and becomes king of the kingdom. He then has children and teaches them valuable lessons.

Jean de Brunhoff published six more stories before his premature death in 1937 at the age of 37. His sonLaurent de Brunhoff, also a writer and illustrator, carried on the series from 1946 onwards with Babar et Le Coquin d'Arthur and many more.

Ananimated TV serieswas produced byNelvanaLimited and Clifford Ross Company, and originally ran from January 3, 1989 to June 5, 1991 with 65 episodes, plus an additional 13 episodes in 2000. The character has also appeared in a number of films, and the Babar stories have inspired musical works byFrancis Poulencand Raphael Mostel

After Babar witnesses the slaughter of his beloved mother by ahunter, he flees from the jungle and finds his way toPariswhere he is befriended by an old lady, who buys him clothes and enrolls him in school. Babar's cousins Celeste and Arthur find him in the big city and then help him return to theElephant realmfollowing the death of the King of the Elephants, who had eaten a poisonous mushroom. A council of elephants approach Babar, saying that as he has been educated in France, he would be suitable to become the new King. Babar iscrownedKing of the Elephants, marries his cousin Celeste, and founds the city of Celesteville. Babar, who likes to wear a bright greensuit, introduces a veryFrench form of Western civilizationto the elephants, and they soon dress inWesternattire.

Among Babar's other associates are themonkeyZephir, the old elephantcounsellorsCornelius and Pompadour (Pompadour was created for theBabar TV series), his cousin Arthur, and his children, Pom, Flora and Alexander. Later, a second daughter, Isabelle, was introduced. The Old Lady comes to live in the Kingdom as an honoured guest. Despite the presence of these counsellors, Babar's rule seems to be totally independent of any elected body, and completelyautocratic, however his leadership style seems to be one that works for the overall benefit of his elephant subjects; a form of "gentle authoritarianism".

Besides his Westernizing policies, Babar engages inwarfarewith the warlikerhinocerosesof a hostile bordering nation, who are led byLord Rataxes.

Babar's name is pronounced/'bæb'r/. This can be distinguished fromBaburor Babar (pronounced['babər]), the firstMughalemperor of medieval India.

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BABAR the ELEPHANT Original HBO Press PHOTO Animation
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