80 Years of Babar
11 JUNE 2013
1931 Jean de Brunhoff publishes first book in France: The Story of Babar
1933 The Story of Babar is published in Britain and the United States, with an introduction by A.A.Milne
1934 Babar the King is published
1937 Jean de Brunhoff dies of tuberculosis, aged 37
1946 Laurent de Brunhoff, son of Jean publishes, Babar et Le Coquin d’Arthur
1960 First feature film: Babar
1969 Babar, TV show broadcast in the UK on BBC 1 weekdays
1985 Second feature film: Babar & Father Christmas
1989 Nelvana produces animated TV series and third feature film, Babar: the Movie
1990 Babar series wins a Gemini TV award in Canada
1999 Fourth feature film, Babar: King of the Elephants
2002 Laurent publishes Babar’s Museum of Art – his homage to his favourite artists
2005 Babar’s embarks on a world tour, visiting many places of Laurent’s childhood
2006 Babar gets his own postage stamp in France for his 75th anniversary
2008 Babar exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City
2010 New television series launches: Babar: The Adventures of Badou
2011 Babar celebrates his 80th anniversary in France with two art exhibitions in Paris
2012 Babar closes the New York Stock Exchange as part of the U.S. 80th anniversary celebrations.
2013 80th anniversary since the Babar books were first published in the UK.
2013 Babar featured in new range of Soulland menswear fashion, available worldwide in boutiques such as Colette in Paris, Goodhood Store in London, and Opening Ceremony in NYC.
About Babar's 80th Anniversary
This is the Official Online Press Office for the UK celebrations of the 80th Anniversary of Babar.
The classic children's character, Babar the Elephant, was created by the French painter, Jean de Brunhoff, in 1931, however the first Babar books were not published in the UK unitl 1933. Since then, millions of British children have grown up with the memorable stories about the King of the Elephants, his wife Celeste, and large extended family.
UK celebrations to mark this important milestone in Babar's history will be announced in due course.