Barbapapa (partially found English dubs of French animated series; 1981)


Barbapapa (English dubs)
Barbapapa with his wife Barbamama and all their kids.
Barbapapa with his wife Barbamama and all their kids.
Status Partially Found

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-like creature who can shapeshift. His 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, who are also shapeshifting blob-like creatures 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. In June 2017, an hour of Barbapapa cartoons was found in English. There are also two releases of the US English dub on VHS and Betamax, though these are very rare.

There is also an alternate English dub that aired in the UK. DVDs with re-encoded VHS recordings of this dub are being sold on iOffer: https://www.ioffer.com/search/items/Barbapapa One of these was bought and its rips were donated by MrLeap in July 2017.

1-hour compilation of Barbapapa cartoons (UK English dub): https://1drv.ms/v/s!AqsjLYEl7OKojU24OcxhPQHVRdPM

Approx. 2-hr compilation of Barbapapa cartoons (US English dub) - ripped from 2-disc DVD set bought on iOffer: https://1drv.ms/v/s!AqsjLYEl7OKojU7EpJoXpxN6RXog

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

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Reynard

6 months ago
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Barbapapa! The cartoon that was nostalgic to adults when I was still a kid!!

I was mostly familiar with the picture books.
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HamHamPatchi

6 months ago
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I used to love the "Barbapapa's Ark" book as a kid and had no idea where the characters came from. My grandma used to read it to me alllll the time.
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KristoHam

6 months ago
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Oh, hey, Patchi, it's me, Kristo-Ham. You like Barbapapa too, I see :)
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KristoHam

6 months ago
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I made this page, BTW
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Markiegee50X

5 months ago
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I'm afraid to upload this to YouTube
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KristoHam

5 months ago
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You have episodes of the series in English? You can send them to me at kjw21411@gmail.com
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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Kristo-Ham, Thanks for making these available! I've been looking for years for an English version of even a single episode. It's amazing all the translation and dubbing was done but they are not sold in English anywhere. I think Barbapapa is just too good natured for today's market. Barbapapa is such a family driven show so it is understandable why it is being suppressed in today's anti-family toxic culture. If I had children, I would want them to watch Barbapapa.

I wonder if the full series was translated to English or was it only these episodes that were translated?

Maybe the other episodes can be translated from the French and a high-quality version with English subtitles can be created.
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KristoHam

2 months ago
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You're welcome! I'm not sure what you mean about our culture being too anti-family for Barbapapa though. There are plenty of family-driven modern American cartoons (the Loud House is one example). I assume you live in the US, but I could be wrong? But anyway, I'm glad I could help.

As far as I know the whole original Barbapapa series from the 1970s was dubbed (not sure about the '90s anime adaptation or the 2D computer-animated Around the World with Barbapapa), but this is all I could find of the US and UK dubs (though I think I got the two mixed up; I need to fix that).

Interestingly, there's actually a THIRD English dub of this series I haven't uploaded yet; I bought a 5-disc set of custom DVDs from Canada which contain almost every episode (I haven't checked but not many seem to be missing) and I can tell the dub is different from both of these because some of the episodes available in these two dubs are also in that set (the one where they make a birthday cake for Barbapapa is one such episode). I think this dub may have been a Canadian production that was included on the bi-lingual Japanese DVDs. It appears to be from 2001 according to the copyright info that appears at the end of each disc. I'm getting those Japanese DVDs too and hopefully I'm right about it being from those. Or maybe I'm wrong and there's a fourth English dub that's on those xD Probably not, but who knows? I was surprised that the 5-disc set didn't have the old US or UK dub on it...

This was the auction for the 5-disc set; they have more if you wanted to own them yourself; but just a warning - the first episode on disc 4 is incomplete: http://www.i...0s-548590024

And here are all the bi-lingual Japanese volumes I'm buying (there are also 5 so the others may have been copied from these): https://www....n/s546878214
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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The fansite with the wave file and the info on the dubbed version is not available anymore. Could the wave file of the intro song be made available somewhere else?
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Anonymous user #2

10 days ago
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Can somebody reupload the links to download the episodes ripped from the ioffer dvd set and the uk compilation? They are no longer available!
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