31.5.11

Barbapapa


Barbapapa are one of my favorite childhood characters. This family of lovable blobs are shape shifters and can take the form of anything! I still have many of my favorite Barbapapa books in both English and French. My monkeys love the Barbapapa too although they have never seen the shows which I watched as a child in Toronto.

There is Barbapapa, Barbamaman and seven Barbababies:

Barbazoo (Barbidou in French) is yellow and he loves animals and often takes on the shape of animals. Barbalala, is green and she loves music and playing or taking the shape of musical instruments. Barbalib (Barbotine) wears eyeglasses and is an orange book worm who loves books and can often be found carrying a book around.
Barbabeau (Barbouille) is black- like his mom and the only furry Barbababy he loves art is wears a beret. Barbabelle was my favorite as a girl, she is purple, known for her beauty and a real Lady Of The Arts. Barbabright (Barbidul) is the science guy and blue in color- my younger monkey really likes him. Finally, Barbabravo (Barbidur) is the macho red guy who is representative of strength and honor.

My favorite episode EVER was the one where they made/created their house. I loved how they worked together and I thought their round bubble like structure was the coolest thing ever. (I was not able to embed the actual episode for copyright but here is another one- and you can look up 'house making' on YouTube to see my favorite episode- it is in French).



I’m pretty sure that this show was more popular in Europe than in North America. Most of my Canadian friends grew up with the books and TV show but I have yet to meet an American who knows about it.

When Dr.J and I were in Vienna I found this Tee-shirt in a wicked shop and it is my new favorite.

Do you know Barbapapa?

25 comments:

Nikki said...

I don't think I have heard of them, but they are oddly familiar. Perhaps I'm getting them confused with the Snorkles?

Georgina Dollface said...

I remember Barbapapa (but not very well). The show wasn't quite as popular out here on the West Coast as it was back East. I think they should bring back Barbapapa and his family - they'd do well with today's kids! - G

sheba said...

i <3ed barbapapas! i was in a store in kingston, on last week and saw a bunch of bp keychains. <3 them!

heather said...

Oh, Would that I did! But I do love your T!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Never heard of it. Looks like a lovely cartoon though. So many kids shows these days are so loud and the characters are so chaotic.

drollgirl said...

i think this is my first introduction to barbapapa!

Andrea said...

Ah yes! It's everywhere in France and one of Sam's first DVDs and books. At first, I must admit I thought "what on earth is this?" but I have grown to love the blobby family :)

Nat said...

I loved Barbapapa as a child! I remember I even had a tea set adorned with their characters :-)

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

OMG- they have a tea set! I SO want one-

la petite coquine said...

I've never heard of this, but loveable blobs sound like they're right up my alley!

cpcable said...

The name doesn't ring a bell and I don't have any real memories of watching this, but they are SO oddly familiar. Especially the mama. Were there toys? Maybe I saw something with them on it and that's why I don't connect it with the name or the show....interesting! Now I'm wondering what other things from my childhood I've repressed! :)

Škorčica said...

Ha, it was also one of my favourite childhood cartoons! I even had all of the Barba-family as little rubber toys. :) I wonder where they are now. :)

Pozdrav / Greetings!

Mo Pie, Please said...

I have no idea about Barbapapa but I like it!

CoCo Wray said...

Never heard of them, but sounds cool and great find!

Nuit said...

I had no idea Barbapapa existed but thank you!!! very cute :) I totally dig the t-shirt too. I will let you know if I can find out who makes the wallpaper, I totally die for it too, its way too good! xoxoxoxox

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I actually didn't know of Barbapapa before. They're absolutely adorable though :)

sherri said...

I know not, but love your hair. You look adorable.

Kristin H said...

Oh, YES!! Reading them all the time to my boys! Love those books since I was a child! Glad I can keep reading them!

Krystal said...

I have neeever heard of this!! but i'm happy you got the shirt, that is awesome :)

Erin {pughs' news} said...

I'd forgotten Barbapappa, but it's all coming back to me now!

Looking forward to reading more of your blog, and finding the perfect book to send you in the swap. I love your profile description of yourself... "moulding gentleman scholars"... awesome!

a new girl in vienna said...

LOVE the t shirt! i see barbapapa lots in vienna.

Mama Gone Green said...

I have seen the characters, but never read the books. Cute!

Pet said...

I loved Barbapapa too. Thanks for bringing back sweet memories. Funny, many of your followers hadn't heard of it. Yeah, it is so French :-)

Elisa said...

I've never heard of Barbapapa so I will ask hubby as he grew up in Europe if he remembers watching it.

Like barbazoo, I too like animals. I think this will be a great time to introduce them to Beli.

ps. how cool that you found that t-shirt!

Tori said...

Wow those are awesome! I've never heard of them before. I loves the Snorks and Smurfs when I was little. I liked to draw them while I watched. :)

So much fun!

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