Babak & Friends: A First Norooz (2005)

Babak and Friends - A First Norooz is a direct-to-DVD animated film by Norooz Productions, later renamed Big Bad Boo Studios. The 33-minute cartoon was released in 2005. The film was made to teach children about the Persian New Year Norooz, celebrating the coming of spring and is about a little boy named Babak who is stuck between being Iranian and being American. Through a dream and magical visit by Amoo norooz, Babak learns to be proud of his heritage and celebrates the New Year with his family. The movie was produced by Aly Jetha, Shabnam Rezaei, Matt Hullum, Dustin Ellis, and Mastaneh Moghadam, and written and directed by Dustin Ellis. It included the voices of oscar-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, Parviz Sayyad, Ali Pourtash and Catherine Bell. It was the first time the character of Amoo Norooz was animated in Iranian history. The movie was produced in both English and Persian as a language-learning tool for Iranian-American children.

Babak & Friends: A First Norooz
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Babak and Friends - A First Norooz is the story of little Babak who is not familiar with the traditions of the Persian New Year Norooz... (source:


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Characters appearing in the short film Babak & Friends: A First Norooz.

Full Cast

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Full cast list for the short film Babak & Friends: A First Norooz.
Amoo Norooz

Ali Pourtash
Haji Firooz

Danny Rahbar

Mastaneh Moghadam

Sheri Hajilou

Mahbod Moghadam
Bully 2

Mansour Moghadam

Narges Motamedi

Farzin Rahbar

Sabba Rahbar

Shabnam Rezaei
Bully 1

Maryam Sayyad

Chandiz Arshadi
Bully 2

Charmin Arshadi
Bully 1

Release Date10 March 2005
TaglineThe Story of a how a little boy accepts two cultures
GenreShort, Family, Animation
Filming LocationsLos Angeles County, California, USA
LanguageEnglish, Persian

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