Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy 45th Barbapapa

Today Google marked the 45th anniversary of the publishing of Barbapapa, the beloved blob-like character created by French architect and writer Annette Tison and her American partner Talus Taylor with a celebratory Google Doodle. The character was created after overhearing a child’s request for cotton candy:

"Legend has it that the pair, living in Paris, were walking in the Luxembourg Gardens when Taylor heard a child asking his parents for something sounding like “baa baa baa baa”. Not speaking French, he asked Tison what the child wanted. She explained he was asking for “barbe-à-papa” (daddy’s beard), French for candy floss.

Sitting in a restaurant a few hours later, the couple began drawing the mostly pear-shaped characters that can change form, on the tablecloth. Their drawings, turned into a story book, were an instant success, later being made into nearly 100 five-minute television cartoons in the 1970s."  (The Guardian)

In childhood, discovering who and what Barbapapa was, was almost as fun as the stories they told.  

4 comments:

  1. Ooo I remember those. At the time I never knew they were from a children's book. But I enjoyed the toon on TVO none the less. I really found the different characters fascinating. They kind of remind me of the Mr Men series in a way. Only the Mr men series have way more characters.

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    1. You're right Tina, they do remind me of the Mr. Men series of books. Loved those too, the illustrations were colourful and fun just like Barbapapa. I remember the Barbapapa books from the grade school library. With all those colorful characters, the books seemed like candy, just had to try 'em. :)

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  2. I LOVE Barbapapa, although I only discovered the series in my early adulthood. The series allows children to imagine, to dream, to be creative, and to be compassionate (animals play a huge role there), which I find really the best part of the series. I was so happy yesterday when I saw that Google tribute to Barbapapa. :)

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    1. Hello Senor Rina! :) I've discovered so many children's books/series in my adulthood too. A good story is a good story. You totally nailed it in explaining why the Barbapapa series is so unique and special. An absolute gem.

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