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?