- "Just as there are good people and bad people, there are good kings and bad kings, and one of the things that decide which we are is how we handle our responsibility to others."
- ― Babar (Babar's First Step)
Babar is a Canadian/French animated television series produced in Toronto, Canada by Nelvana Limited and The Clifford Ross Company. It premiered in 1989 on CBC and HBO, subsequently was rerun on HBO Family and Qubo. The series is based on Jean de Brunhoff's original Babar books, and was Nelvana's first international co-production. The series' 78 episodes have been broadcast in 30 languages in over 150 countries.
In September 2006, the show returned to US airwaves where it was one of the first ever shows to air on Qubo, (one of the series it launched with when it was a block on NBC, along with Jacob Two-Two, Dragon, 3-2-1 Penguins!, Larryboy: The Cartoon Adventures, VeggieTales and Jane and the Dragon).
Inspired by the famous books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff, this is the animated story of Babar, a young elephant who undergoes many challenges and adventures. Babar always finds the strength to rise above difficulty and search out every cloud's silver lining. In this series, Babar is crowned King of the elephants, plans and builds Celesteville, and becomes a father. Babar learns the greatest lesson of all: despite life's challenges, great things are possible if one never gets discouraged. Long live happiness!
- This was the one of the first shows to air on Qubo's NBC block.
- It is the only Qubo show from the launch of the brand to still air on the network as of January 2019.
- In the early 2010's, there was a spinoff that aired on Disney Junior: Babar and the Adventures of Badou. It focused on the adventures of Babar's eight-year-old grandson Badou, who along with his friends and family, solves numerous mysteries, puzzles and situations in Celesteville.