Barbapapa in English

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 Tisonand Talus Taylor, who resided in Paris, France. The books were originally written in French (barbe à papa – literally “Daddy’s beard” – is French forcotton candy,), and were later translated into over 30 languages. The first publisher who saw something in the concept was Frank Fehmers of Frank Fehmers Productions in Amsterdam, after Talus Taylor had shown the manuscript to several European publishers who expressed interest but did not wish to embark on spending the publishing cost. Frank Fehmers Productions subsequently set up a co-production and the first edition was published inFrench, English, and American English. A few years later, when more titles had been published, Fehmers expanded the project to television films in conjunction with Joop Visch of Polyscope-Polygram, with the story boards designed by Taylor. After twelve years, Fehmers and Tison/Taylor discontinued their business relationship. As short cartoons of a length of only five minutes, the Barbapapa stories reached a broader audience via TV. Also a comic book version was created. Both the cartoons and comics sometimes show concerns about the environment and contain environmental



Barbapapa himself is a generally papaya-shaped, pink shapeshifting blob-like creature who stumbles upon the human world and tries to fit in. The shapeshifting is usually accompanied by the saying “Clickety Click—Barba Trick”, or in the 1970s British dub “All Change!” (Based on the expression used by the driver on British buses when the bus reaches the end of its route). After various adventures, he comes across a female of his species (more shapely, and black-coloured), named Barbamama. They produce seven children, known as the Barbababies, each a different colour:

  • Barbazoo (Barbidou in French), yellow, male, lover of animals
  • Barbalala, green, female, lover of music
  • Barbalib (Barbotine), orange, female, lover of books
  • Barbabeau (Barbouille), black and furry, male, lover of art
  • Barbabelle, purple, female, lover of beauty
  • Barbabright (Barbibul), blue, male, lover of science
  • Barbabravo (Barbidur), red, male, lover of strength and heroism

Source: Wikipedia

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