Angelina Ballerina

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Angelina Ballerina
Angelina Ballerina logo.svg
Angelina Ballerina logo
Format Animated
Created by Katharine Holabird & Helen Craig
Directed by Roger McIntosh
Kitty Taylor
Starring Finty Williams
Judi Dench
Jo Wyatt
Keith Wickham
Adrienne Posta
Rob Rackstraw
Composer(s) Colin Towns
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (segments)
40 (sorts)
Production
Producer(s) Ginger Gibbons
Running time 12 minutes
Distributor HIT Entertainment
Broadcast
Original run January 5, 2001 (2001-01-05) – December 30, 2005 (2005-12-30)

Angelina Ballerina is a cartoon mouse, created by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, who is featured in a series of children's books. The series is set in Chipping Cheddar, a place similar to 1920s London, England. The first book in the series was published in 1983, and since then, there have been over twenty books in the series.

In 2001, a British animated TV series of forty fifteen minute episodes based on the books was produced by HIT Entertainment in the United Kingdom. The series featured actress Finty Williams as the voice of Angelina, and her mother Judi Dench as Miss Lilly. The series aired on PBS in the United States, where it was presented by Connecticut Public Television; and can currently be seen on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom and Sprout in the United States.

A computer-animated revival, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, premiered on PBS stations in September 2009. It is directed by Davis Doi and animated at SD Entertainment.[1] WNET, after purchasing CPTV's production unit, is the producer of the program. English National Ballet took a live version of Angelina Ballerina called Angelina's Star Performance on tour in autumn 2007.

Characters[edit]

  • Angelina Jeanette Mouseling (Voiced by Finty Williams) - A feisty little mouseling who loves to dance and dreams of becoming a famous ballerina. She often wears a pink leotard, tutu, hair ribbon, ballet slippers.
  • Miss Lilly Mouseakova (Voiced by Judi Dench) - Angelina's ballet teacher. She grew up in Dacovia, which is a far away land from Mouseland. She is sometimes mentioned in the TV series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, and a picture of her is seen at Angelina's new dancing school.
  • Alice Bridgette Nimbletoes (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) - Angelina's best friend, who is very skilled at gymnastics. She often wears a green leotard, tutu, hair ribbon, and ballet slippers. She has a very big appetite. She also appears in the TV series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps.
  • William Longtail (Voiced by Keith Wickham) - One of two boys in Miss Lilly's ballet class. In one of the episodes, it's shown that he has a crush on Angelina.
  • Mr. Longtail - William's father who works as a cab driver and praises his son for any efforts he tries to make, especially if its his first time.
  • Priscilla and Penelope Pinkpaws (Voiced by Jo Wyatt and Jonell Elliott) - Twin sisters who tease and belittle nearly everyone, including each other. They are particularly jealous of Angelina for her dancing talent. Priscilla wears blue leotards, tutus, and pointe shoes and wears a purple hair ribbon, and Penelope wears a purple leotard, tutu, and ballet slippers, but wears a blue hair ribbon. They also have a baby brother in the episode Angelina's Surprise.
  • Felicity - One of Angelina's dance class mates. Wears a sky blue bow.
  • Flora - Another of Angelina's dance class mates. Wears a yellow bow.
  • Sammy Watts (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) - One of Angelina's classmates in school, who often causes trouble for William and Angelina particularly but has a heart of gold.
  • Spike - One of Sammy's friends, who is prone to blab events.
  • Mr. Maurice Mouseling (Voiced by Keith Wickham) - Angelina's father and the proprietor of the Mouseland Gazette.
  • Mrs. Matilda Mouseling (Voiced by Jonell Elliott) - Angelina's mother. Her maiden surname is Fielding. She has a sister Amanda, who has a son.
  • Polly Mouseling - The second child and daughter the Mouseling parents and younger sister of Angelina. In the TV series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, Polly is a four-year-old child with white fur instead of brown.
  • Grandma Sophia Mouseling and Grandpa Jeffrey Mousling (Voiced by Adrienne Posta and Keith Wickham) - Angelina's grandparents and Maurice's parents. They are sometimes mentioned in Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps.
  • Uncle Louis Mouseling (Voiced by Rob Rackstraw) - Mr. Mouseling's brother, Angelina's uncle, and Henry's father.
  • Cousin Henry Mouseling (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) - Angelina's cousin.
  • Mrs. Harriet Hodgepodge (Voiced by Finty Williams) - Angelina's next door neighbor. She always appears grumpy and is viewed with fear by most of the Chipping Cheddar mouselings, but occasionally helps the mouselings often when they least expect it.
  • Doctor Tuttle (Voiced by Keith Wickham) - The doctor in the town of Chipping Cheddar.
  • Ms. Quaver - Miss Lilly's pianist, who plays the piano during dance classes.
  • Mr. Ivor Operatski (Voiced by Derek Jacobi) - An old friend of Miss Lilly's and a stern choreographer. Angelina is convinced (wrongly, as it turns out) that he hates mouselings.
  • Queen Seraphina - A childhood friend of Miss Lilly's and the current Queen of Mouseland.
  • Princess Valentine - Queen Seraphina's middle daughter.
  • Anya Mousezauski - A mouseling who comes to Chipping Cheddar as part of a migrant family from Dacovia working through the harvest season. She has ears of unalike color which the Pinkpaws twins make fun of. She befriends Angelia and later joins Miss Lilly's ballet class.
  • Mrs. Pinkpaws is the mother of the twins Priscilla and Penelope and their baby brother. She appears in a couple of episodes. She has a Southern Aristocracy accent and wears a lot of jewelery.
  • Ms. Chalk - A teacher in Angelina's class at school and can be both strict and fair to her pupils.
  • Mrs. Thimble- the store owner she does not appear in many episodes.

Episodes[edit]

Each episode typically contains a pair of independent stories followed by a brief live-action "Little Stars" segment featuring real ballet students illustrating a particular aspect of ballet performance.

Season 1: 2002[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "Angelina in the Wings / Arthur the Butterfly" May 4, 2002 (2002-05-04)

Director of Madame Zizi's Ballet Mr. Popov is seeking a replacement Sunbeam dancer. Madame Zizi chooses Henry over Angelina who becomes an understudy. Angelina gets a place on stage when another replacement is required.

Angelina finds and takes care of an injured butterfly she calls Arthur. Angelina keeps Arthur for too long, then Henry releases him. Angelina and Henry get trapped down a hole, but Arthur summons help for them.
2 "The Gift / Treasure Tandems" May 11, 2002 (2002-05-11)

On Christmas Eve and Angelina receives a gift from Miss Lilly. Angelina however is unhappy that the gift she made for Miss Lilly is inferior, but Miss Lilly is absolutely flattered by Angelina's gift.

Angelina and Alice take part in a treasure hunt tandem race, avoiding the Pinkpaws twins' cheating attempts. As Angelina and Alice rescue the twins, Henry and William win the race.
3 "Angelina at the Fair / The Ballet Tickets" May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)

Angelina reluctantly takes Henry to the fair with her friends. Poor Henry is forced to go on rides he doesn't like. When Angelina leaves him on his own, she loses him, but then finds him and makes up for her selfishness.

Alice and Angelina miss their chance to get tickets to the ballet dance and their efforts to find a way all fail. But Angelina's father has a big surprise for the both of them.
4 "Midnight Muddle / Miss Lilly is Leaving" May 25, 2002 (2002-05-25)

A prank from Sammy gets him in trouble after Angelina accidentally ruins Mrs. Hodgepodge's prize cabbage. Angelina ridden with guilt confesses and both Angelina and Sammy make it up to Mrs. Hodgepodge.

Alice and Angelina hear rumors that Miss Lilly is leaving Mouseland to teach at another dance school. The ballet mice try to ensure Miss Lilly stays, bearing gifts and dancing, but Miss Lilly tells them she's leaving only for the weekend.
5 "Miss Lilly Comes to Dinner / Lucky Penny" June 1, 2002 (2002-06-01)

Miss Lilly is coming to dinner at Angelina's house and Angelina wants everything to be perfect to impress her. The dinner seems to end in a disaster, but Miss Lilly reassures Angelina she didn't have to overdo it.

Angelina comes across a coin she thinks is a Lucky Penny, helping her regain confidence and neglect her dance practice. Then she loses the coin, but she harnesses enough self-confidence to do the dance perfectly for her audition.
6 "Angelina the Mouse Detective / Angelina and Grandma" June 8, 2002 (2002-06-08)

Garden gnomes are being stolen in Mouseland. Inspired by Monty the Mouse Detective, Angelina goes detective. At first she finds nothing but discovers that Mrs. Hodgepodge is secretly mending the gnomes.

Angelina's parents leaves her in the care of her grandparents. Unfortunately, Angelina tears Miss Lilly's old tutu and her grandma has no time to mend it. Angelina gets in trouble but the whole misunderstanding is cleared up.
7 "Two Mice in a Boat / The Costume Ball" June 15, 2002 (2002-06-15)

Angelina is taking part in a boat decorating contest, but has Sammy as her partner. Their idea for a Pirate-Princess galleon doesn't work, but at the parade they win the teamwork prize.

Angelina is disappointed she can't join in the adults' costume ball. Mrs. Hodgepodge is babysitting her and Alice. Alice and Angelina dress up as an adult to attend the costume ball, regretting it later.
8 "The Legend of Big Paw / The Ballerina Rag Doll" June 22, 2002 (2002-06-22)

On a camping trip, Angelina ventures with Henry into the dense forest, hoping to recover Grandpa's war medal. They become lost and see signs that look like the legendary Big Paw until they are met by Colonel Forthfoot.

Angelina gives away her old rag doll Polka, but later she really wants her toy of memories back. While teaching a preschool class how to dance, she realizes that the new owner Mary needs it more.
9 "The Cheese Ball Cup Final / Angelina and Anya" June 29, 2002 (2002-06-29)

William quits ballet lessons after being teased by Sammy and prepares for the Cheese Ball Cup Final. William is then forced to counter a tough team, but with a little ballet he wins the game and returns to ballet class.

A new girl Anya is introduced and quickly befriends Angelina. However, Anya is ostracised by Sammy Watts and the Pinkpaws twins for prejudicial reasons. Angelina clears Anya's name and helps her to fit in with the mouselings.
10 "The Gymnastics Championship / Angelina's Baby Sister" July 6, 2002 (2002-07-06)

Alice is selected for a Gymnastics Championship. Alice gets vertigo attacks and is up against Phunella, the twins cousin. Motivated by Olga Mousicovich, Alice plucks her courage and wins first prize.

Angelina now has a baby sister named Polly. Unfortunately, Angelina's parents are too preoccupied to give Angelina attention and are pretty disorganized. Angelina then becomes frustrated and upset, but the whole family manage to sort out the problem.
11 "Angelina's Surprise / Rose Fairy Princess" July 13, 2002 (2002-07-13)

Prickled by the attention the Pinkpaws are getting for their newborn brother, Angelina fibs she's going to have one too. She has great difficulty confessing but finally does when she thinks the Pinkpaws' party is all about her new sister.

Miss Lilly chooses Angelina to be the Rose Fairy Princess, but Angelina is nervous about the flying stunt. Determined not to let Miss Lilly down, Angelina goes along with the stunt.
12 "Alice's Present / No Match for Angelina" July 20, 2002 (2002-07-20)

Alice gives Angelina a new gym bag, but when she mislays it, Alice thinks Angelina gave it away and doesn't appreciate her and the two friends fall out, until Henry finds the bag and Angelina and Alice make up.

Angelina is a skilled hockey plater, but girls aren't allowed in the team. Angelina joins the team as a boy named Andy. Despite her cover blown, Angelina still makes her winning shot for the team.
13 "Angelina's Valentine / The Royal Banquet" July 27, 2002 (2002-07-27)

Today is Valentine's Day. William is shy to give Angelina a Valentine, so Sammy tricks William just to get Angelina's yoyo. Angelina finds she's been duped and takes back the yoyo and sends William her own Valentine.

Miss Lilly takes Angelina to dance for Queen Seraphina and Princess Valentine. Unfortunately they get stranded, but Doctor Tuttle rescues them in his balloon and they reach the palace ready for the grand banquet.

Season 2[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "The Proposal / William the Conjuror" May 10, 2003

Angelina thinks Miss Lilly is going to marry Mr. Operatski. While trying to stop the proposal, she nearly gets him drowned. Miss Lilly reveals that Angelina is the leading bridesmaid for Mr. Operatski's new dance.

William is prompted by his father to star as a magician for a charity event. When he practices the disappearing trick on Angelina, he and Henry believe she's disappeared for real. Angelina shows up in time to begin her performance with William.
2 "The Old Oak Tree / Lights, Camera, Action!" May 17, 2003

A big old oak tree has meant a lot to Angelina and her friends. When Priscilla breaks her arm from falling off the tree, Mrs. Pinkpaws insists the tree be removed. In response Angelina and her friends defend it. Then the tree suddenly collapses by itself.

Angelina and her friends start up a movie based Thomasina Tuttle, using Doctor Tuttle's camera. Angelina becomes bossy, then falls down a hole. Her friends rescue her all the while filming, which wins them an award.
3 "Angelina, Ace Reporter / Heads and Tails" May 24, 2003

With no holiday available, Angelina works with her father at the press. She gets into the reporter business and after some effort picks up a scoop from the opera singer Maria Mozzarella.

Preparations for Queen Seraphina's visit are made. Disaster comes when Louis and Maurice break the Queen's statue. Thinking Henry broke it, Alice and Angelina try to fix it. At the unveiling of the statue, Queen Seraphina is flattered.
4 "The Silver Locket / Mouse of the Year" May 31, 2003

Angelina has to bring Polly to Miss Lilly's dance party. Angelina takes her mother's silver locket without asking. She loses the necklace and fails to find it. She is on the verge of confessing, when she finds Polly had it all along.

Angelina wants Miss Lilly to be dedicated as Mouse of the Year. Miss Lilly gets so preoccupied with preparations for the award, that her dance class is in disarray. Miss Lilly turns down the award for her class' sake.
5 "Anya's Visit / Henry's Halloween" June 7, 2003

Anya comes for a visit, staying in Angelina's house. Angelina becomes jealous of Anya as she is getting better attention. She then snaps at her and Anya splits from her. Eventually they make up and enjoy themselves.

Henry spots what he thinks is the Chipping Cheddar Witch. Henry and William follow the witch, then Henry winds with a few mishaps scaring Angelina and Alice and they all realize the witch is Miss Lilly.
6 "Sammy's Club / The Anniversary" June 14, 2003

William wants to be part of Sammy's Club. He gains acceptance when Sammy is in need of a new trolley from Mr. Longtail. He ends up letting Angelina and Miss Lilly down, but he and Sammy's lot make up for it.

Tomorrow is Angelina's grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. Grandma is unhappy her husband is going to forget this event. Angelina tries to sort it out, neglecting her dance practice. However Grandpa has a nice surprise for his wife.
7 "Show and Tell" June 21, 2003
Angelina brings Polly to school for her Show and Tell with Ms. Chalk. On her way into class, Angelina loses Polly and she begins to worry. Sammy manages to find Polly and Angelina invites for her Show and Tell.

Specials[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "The Show Must Go On / Christmas In Mouseland" November 30, 2002

The Cindermouse Ballet is going to show, directed by Ivor Operatski, a very strict director. Priscilla gets the main part but not Angelina because she cannot sing brilliantly. Distraught that her rival is Cindemouse while she is the Wicked Stepmouse, Angelina tries to prove to Mr. Operatski she can do it, but without success, so Angelina quits the show. Meanwhile Henry is unable withstand Mr. Operatski's angry demands.

A sledging accident results in Miss Lilly's ankle broken. Ashamed of her selfishness, Angelina helps get the show back on track, with Mr. Operatski having a change of heart. Angelina gives her best shot as the Wicked Stepmouse resulting in a spectacular performance.
2 "Angelina's Princess Dance / Angelina And The Sleeping Beauties" September 6, 2005

Miss Lilly has an exciting opportunity to take Angelina and her class to the Queen Seraphina's Castle for a grand performance, with Angelina as the director and Sammy invited to the special effects. Queen Seraphina also wants Angelina to let her daughters Valentine and Sophie participate in the dance.

Unfortunately, Valentine and Sophie are not talented dancers and quite demanding. Things go from bad to total worse when it becomes frustrating to keep up with the princesses' and Angelina's demands. However the sisters make it up to Angelina and all the dance class and the show commences wonderfully with a surprise appearance of Princess Phoebe.
3 "Angelina Sets Sail / All Dancers on Deck" September 5, 2006

Miss Lilly has a wonderful surprise to take Angelina and her class to Dacovia for Mr. Operatski's performance. On the five day journey by the Royal Stilton cruise liner, Angelina sympathises for Miss Lilly's nephew Yuri being pushed around by the captain and in is love with the captain's daughter. Angelina carries out a plan to resolve this, but only gets Yuri into trouble.

When a storm comes, the captain gets the ship caught between icebergs. To make matters worse, the Pinkpaws have broken the radio. The dance performance takes place on the ship instead, but Angelina gets an idea that enables the ship to get back on course and gets Yuri a well-deserved appreciation from the captain. They arrive in time for Mr. Operatski's performance.

DVD releases[edit]

  • Meet Angelina Ballerina (2002) (The Ballet Tickets, Two Mice in a Boat)
  • Angelina Ballerina: Friends Forever (2002) (Ballerina Rag Doll, Angelina's Surprise, Arthur the Butterfly, Alice's Present)
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Magic of Dance (William the Conjurer, Angelina and Grandma, Miss Lilly Comes to Dinner)
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Dance of Friendship (2004) (Angelina and Anya, Alice's Present)
  • Angelina Ballerina: All Dancers on Deck / Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Sets Sail (2005)
  • Angelina Ballerina: Angelina And The Sleeping Beauties / Angelina Ballerina: Princess Dance (2005)
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Big Performance (2005) (The Royal Banquet, Angelina the Mouse Detective, Angelina's Baby Sister, The Costume Ball)
  • Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Follows Her Dreams (2007)

CGI series[edit]

In August 2009, WNET announced that they were working on a new CGI series called Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. The series is about Angelina going to a performing arts school. The series debuted on 5 September 2009.

Books[edit]

Book title Year written
Angelina Ballerina 1983
Angelina and the Princess 1984
Angelina at the Fair 1985
Angelina's Christmas 1985
Angelina on Stage 1986
Angelina and Alice 1987
Angelina's Birthday 1989
Angelina's Baby Sister 1991
Angelina's Ice Skates 1993
Angelina's Halloween 2000
Angelina and the Butterfly 2001
Angelina's Ballet Class 2001
Angelina and Henry 2002
Angelina Loves 2002
Angelina and the Rag Doll 2002
Angelina Ballerina's Invitation to the Ballet 2003
Angelina, Star of the Show 2004
Angelina's Silver Locket 2004
Angelina at the Palace 2005
Angelina at the Royal Wedding 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloom, Julie (3 September 2009). "Ballet Masters Put a Mouse on Her Toes". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 

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