Barbapapa (partially found English dubs of French animated series; 1975-2006)

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Barbapapa with his wife Barbamama and all their kids.

Status: Lost


Barbapapa is both the title character, and name of the "species" of said character, of a series of children's books written in the 1970s by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor, who resided in Paris, France. The books were originally written in French, and were later translated into over 30 languages.

Barbapapa is a pink blob creature whose name comes from the French "barbe à papa" - literally "Daddy's beard" - the French term for cotton candy or candy floss. He has a wife and kids, also blobs of various colors.

The character was later adapted into an animated series, which was dubbed in English and had a short syndicated run in the United States in 1981. No full episodes are available at the moment. There are two releases of the English dub on VHS and Betamax, though these are very rare.


Fansite featuring info on the dubbed version, including a .wav file of the English intro: http://www.cartoonscrapbook.com/B/barbapapa1981.htm

Playlist of English Barbapapa song clips on the official Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7G4p8J0bY0ZPA0eYr4Yn6NPCEiauhS2B

Info on Barbapapa (Vol. 1) on the Pre-Cert Video website: http://www.pre-cert.co.uk/display.php?vId=UK05981

Info on Barbapapa (Vol. 2) on the Pre-Cert Video website: http://www.pre-cert.co.uk/display.php?vId=UK05982