“The episode to which you refer is the first episode of the series, and tells the story of how Babar lost his mother and left the jungle. In subsequent episodes, Babar travels to the city and learns its ways, and then returns to the jungle and uses his new knowledge to overcome the hunter threatening the elephants. He is then crowned king of the elephants and builds an elephant city, Celesteville.
“At no point in the sequence was there any depiction of blood or wounds, and the depiction of the rifle being used was very careful and discreet. The simple animation style reduced the level of detail of the rifle and the action. While there was a sense of threat and menace associated with the hunter and his use of violence, having regard to the animation style, the level of visual detail, and the stylised manner in which the action was depicted, Audience & Consumer Affairs considers that this sense of threat and menace was very low. The violence in the sequence was very discreetly implied, and was not gratuitous as it was a pivotal, dramatic moment of great significance to the story.”
It was certainly a pivotal moment to the story of Babar, even if it was more confronting than the death of Bambi’s mother in 1942. Elephants sure get a raw deal in kid’s TV and movies. Poor little Dumbo was sadly parted from his mother in 1941.
Having lost his mother in such dramatic circumstances, little Babar gets his own back, eventually turning hero and ridding his herd of the dreaded hunter.
Which may raise other questions about taking justice into your own hands… but let’s not go there.