With Babar the elephant celebrating his 80th birthday this year, Nelvana Enterprises and The Clifford Ross Company have unveiled a number of activities that include new TV episodes, books, licensed goods and an exhibition at a Paris museum.
A second season of the CG-animated TV series Babar and the Adventures of Badou is now being produced with international delivery beginning this month. The first season currently airs on international broadcasters including Disney Junior in the US and TF1 in France.
From December 8, 2011, to September 2, 2012, Babar will be featured in the Toy Gallery at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where the history of the Babar books will be presented through a selection of 100 original illustration boards from institutions including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. Along with photo archives, the exhibition will display items such as plush toys, games, action figures and toys on wheels from as early as 1930, along with contemporary licensed products. It will also pay tribute to Babar author and illustrator Jean de Brunhoff and his son, Laurent, who took over from his father in 1941.
Other notables for Babar’s anniversary year include a new line of Hachette Jeunesse books based on the new TV series that will consist of 50 to 60 titles over the next three years.
Babar and the Adventures of Badou is a Canada-France co-production from Nelvana Studio and TeamTO, in association with The Clifford Ross Company and TF1.