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Babar is a very popular French children's book series which started with Histoire de Babar (The Story of Babar) by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931 and was later continued by Laurent de Brunhoff 1946 onwards. It is about Babar, a young elephant who leaves the jungle, visits a big city, and returns to bring the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants. Then he comes back and becomes the kingdom's leader. He then has children and teaches them valuable lessons about life.

In 1989, Babar: The Movie was released. It told the story of how Celesteville's first victory parade came to be.

An animated TV series was produced by Nelvana Limited 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 by Francis Poulenc and Raphael Mostel.

An animated 3D series called Babar and the Adventures of Badou premiered in 2010 and is currently running on Disney Junior. The series has created new characters to the Babar universe, including Badou, who is Babar's 8-year-old grandson and the central character of the series.

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