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Madeline is a children's book series written by Ludwig Bemelmans, an Austrian author. The books have been adapted into numerous formats, spawning telefilms, television series and also into a live action feature film. The adaptations are famous for the closing line, first uttered by actress Ethel Barrymore in a play, "That's all there is; there isn't any more." The first book in the series, Madeline, was published in 1939. It proved to be a success, and Bemelmans wrote many sequels to the original during the 1940s and 1950s. The series continues to this day, written by Bemelmans' grandson John Bemelmans-Marciano.
The story takes place in a Catholic boarding school in Paris. Contrary to popular belief, the girls are not orphans. In the first book in the series, Madeline's "papa" sends her a dollhouse when she is ill. Also, the girls all go to visit their parents in the Christmas book.
The books all start with the line "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines ...". The story is written entirely in rhyme, and the simple themes of daily life appeal to children.
The original series of Madeline books written by Ludwig Bemelmans has six books:
- Madeline - Madeline gets appendicitis and must go to the hospital to have her appendix removed
- Madeline's Rescue - Madeline falls off a bridge and is rescued by a stray dog who joins her school. Winner of the 1954 Caldecott Medal
- Madeline and the Bad Hat - The Spanish Ambassador moves in next door, and Madeline assumes his son Pepito is mean and spoiled
- Madeline in London - Madeline and Pepito travel around the city of London
- Madeline and the Gypsies - Madeline and Pepito run away to join a group of traveling gypsies
- Madeline's Christmas - Madeline celebrates Christmas with her friends
The new series of Madeline books are written by John Bemelmans-Marciano, they are:
- Madeline in America - Madeline travels to Texas in America
- Madeline Loves Animals - Madeline travels to the zoo and meets the animals there
- Madeline Says Merci - Madeline learns how to be polite
- Madeline and the Cats of Rome - Madeline and her class travel to Rome in Spring.
- Madeline at the White House - Madeline and her class visit the White House in Washington, DC
The earliest appearance of Madeline in the cinema was in the 1952 animated short Madeline, produced by United Productions of America (UPA) and directed by Bob Cannon. The film was nominated for the 1952 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons), but lost to Tom and Jerry's 7th and final award winning cartoon Johann Mouse.
In 1959, William L. Snyder's Rembrandt Films produced animated adaptations of Madeline's Rescue, Madeline and the Bad Hat and Madeline and the Gypsies for the educational film market. The latter two were featured, along with other similar adaptations of children's books, in Snyder and Gene Deitch's 1966 theatrical feature Alice of Wonderland in Paris.
A live-action feature adaptation of Madeline, produced in France by Jaffilms but shot in English, was released in 1998 by Tri-Star Pictures. It starred Hatty Jones as the title character, Frances McDormand as Miss Clavel and a supporting cast with British actors Ben Daniels and Nigel Hawthorne. Its script encompassed the plots of four of the books. Original music for the film was provided by Michel Legrand and has Carly Simon singing the theme song "In Two Straight Lines". It was directed by Daisy Mayer.
In 1960, the Madeline stories were adapted to a one-hour color episode for the NBC anthology series The Shirley Temple Show. Madeline was played by Gina Gillespie, child actor Michel Petit played Pepito, and Imogene Coca portrayed Miss Clavel. It was Madeline's first appearance on television. The episode has been released to DVD.
In 1988, DIC Entertainment adapted the first Madeline book into an animated television special for HBO. The show's teleplay was written by Judy Rothman, who would serve as a writer, lyricist and story editor for nearly all subsequent Madeline animated projects. The special was narrated by Christopher Plummer, and featured original music and songs by Joe Raposo (who died four months before the special aired), with lyrics by Judy Rothman and Howard Ashman. The special was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Animated Program (One Hour or Less). In 1989 it was released on video by Hi-Tops Video.
In 1991, Cinar produced animated adaptations of the other five Madeline books for The Family Channel, with Christopher Plummer returning as narrator and Marsha Moreau returning to voice Madeline. Each special featured new songs, with lyrics by Judy Rothman and music by composer Jeffrey Zahn, who replaced the late Joe Raposo. In addition, "I'm Madeline," Madeline's theme song from the original special, was reprised in the new specials. The specials were released on video by Golden Book Video.
In 1993, DIC produced a Madeline television series, which also aired on the Family Channel. A total of twenty episodes were produced for the first series. Christopher Plummer reprised his role as narrator again and "I'm Madeline" was used as the series' theme song. The series was later rerun on the Disney Channel and Toon Disney in the U.S. It features new songs with music by Andy Street (who replaced Jeffrey Zahn) and lyrics by Judy Rothman.
In 1995, an additional 14 episodes were produced by DIC for ABC, under the title The New Adventures of Madeline. The new episodes featured a new theme song, "Hats Off to Madeline", music by Andy Street with lyrics by Judy Rothman. ABC cancelled the series after 7 weeks, so 6 episodes did not air in the U.S. until the series was rerun on the Disney Channel beginning in 1997.
In 2000, DIC produced another new batch of 26 episodes for the Disney Channel. The theme song was once again changed, this time to "Our Madeline" (although overseas airings of the episodes still had "Hats Off to Madeline" as the opening theme instead). In addition, Christopher Gaze succeeded Christopher Plummer as narrator of the series. The show won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program. The New Adventures of Madeline was shown on KOL's Secret Slumber Party between Fall 2006 and 2007.
DIC also produced animated telefilm. Madeline: Lost in Paris, which was released in 1999, featured Madeline being drawn into a scam by her supposed "Uncle" Horst and finding out the true meaning to the word "family". Andrea Libman voiced Madeline. 
Broadcast and home video rights to all of the DIC/Cinar Madeline episodes/specials/telefilms are currently owned by Cookie Jar Entertainment.
Original Specials 
|Ep||Episode Title||Release Date|
|1||Madeline (Pilot)||February 1, 1988|
|2||Madeline's Christmas||November 13, 1991|
|3||Madeline's Rescue||December 24, 1991|
|4||Madeline and the Bad Hat||March 1, 1992|
|5||Madeline and the Gypsies||June 8, 1992|
|6||Madeline in London||August 15, 1992|
TV Episodes 
Season 1 
|Ep||Episode Title||Release Date|
|1||Madeline and the 40 Thieves||September 14, 1993|
|2||Madeline and the Dog Show||November 12, 1993|
|3||Madeline and the Easter Bonnet||March 20, 1994|
|4||Madeline and the New House||March 26, 1994|
|5||Madeline and the Soccer Star||October 30, 1994|
|6||Madeline and the Toy Factory||November 26, 1994|
|7||Madeline at Cooking School||October 10, 1995|
|8||Madeline at the Ballet||October 17, 1995|
|9||Madeline and the Singing Dog||October 24, 1995|
|10||Madeline's Winter Vacation||October 31, 1995|
|11||Madeline in Hollywood||November 21, 1995|
|12||Madeline and the Pirates||June 5, 1996|
|13||Madeline's Birthday at the Zoo||December 12, 1996|
|14||Madeline at the Louvre||December 19, 1996|
|15||Madeline and the Missing Clown||January 9, 1997|
|16||Madeline and the Costume Party||February 6, 1997|
|17||Madeline and the Old Violin||February 13, 1997|
|18||Madeline and the Mean, Nasty, Horrible Hats||February 27, 1997|
|19||Madeline and the Talking Parrot||January 23, 1998|
|20||Madeline in New York||January 30, 1998|
Season 2 
|Ep||Episode Title||Release Date|
|1||Madeline and the Lost Crown||January 9, 1999|
|2||Madeline and the Orient Express||January 16, 1999|
|3||Madeline and the Dinosaur Bone||January 23, 1999|
|4||Madeline and the Magic Carpet||January 30, 1999|
|5||Madeline and the Treasure Hunt||February 6, 1999|
|6||Madeline and the Mummy||February 13, 1999|
|7||Madeline's Detective School||February 20, 1999|
|8||Madeline and the Hunchback of Notre Dame||February 27, 1999|
|9||Madeline and the Big Cheese||March 6, 1999|
|10||Madeline and the Science Project||March 13, 1999|
|11||Madeline and the Haunted Castle||March 20, 1999|
|12||Madeline and the Wild West||March 27, 1999|
|13||Madeline's Holiday with Mr. Grump||April 3, 1999|
Season 3 
|Ep||Episode Title||Release Date|
|1||Madeline at the Eiffel Tower||December 13, 2000|
|2||Madeline's Manners||December 15, 2000|
|3||Madeline and the Show Off||January 8, 2001|
|4||Madeline at Cannes||March 7, 2001|
|5||Madeline and the Tea Party||March 9, 2001|
|6||Madeline and the Ice Skates||April 6, 2001|
|7||Madeline at Versailles||May 1, 2001|
|8||Madeline at the Hotel Riche||May 6, 2001|
|9||Madeline and the Marionettes||June 5, 2001|
|10||Madeline and the Giants||June 7, 2001|
|11||Madeline and the Fashion Show||June 8, 2001|
|12||Madeline's Halloween||October 29, 2001|
|13||Madeline and the Spider Lady||October 29, 2001|
|14||Madeline and the Magic Show||February 12, 2002|
|15||Madeline's Valentine||February 20, 2002|
|16||Madeline at the North Pole||March 11, 2002|
|17||Madeline and Santa||December 12, 2002|
|18||Madeline and the Perfume Factory||December 17, 2002|
|19||Madeline and the New Girl||February 14, 2003|
|20||Madeline and the Dog Who Cried Wolf||February 18, 2003|
|21||Madeline at the Flea Market||February 29, 2003|
|22||Madeline and the Can Can Cliques||March 22, 2003|
|23||Madeline and the Wedding||April 2, 2003|
|24||Madeline on Safari||April 19, 2003|
|25||Madeline on Stage||May 12, 2003|
|26||Madeline and the White Lie||June 5, 2003|
- Madeline: The smallest of the girls and the title character. She is 7 years old, and is the only redhead. She had her appendix removed in the first story. She is known for being the bravest and most outgoing of the girls. Voiced by Andrea Libman.
- Miss Clavel: Madeline's teacher and commonly believed to be a nun, but her dress in Bemelman's illustrations is actually that of a nurse. The fact that she is not a nun is also evidenced by the fact that she is not called Sister Clavel or Mother Clavel. Miss Clavel is always trying to keep Madeline out of trouble. Voiced by Stevie Vallance.
- Pepito: The Spanish Ambassador's arrogant son. He lives next door to the girls; used to be extremely naughty, but Madeline influenced him to change his ways. Due to his bratty nature and the distinctive hat that he constantly wore, he was called "the Bad Hat" by the girls. He stopped wearing the hat after he befriended the girls. He has a crush on Madeline. Voiced by David Morse.
- Lord Cucuface (known in the movie as Lord Covington): Chairman of the school's board of trustees, had a change of heart after receiving one of Genevieve's puppies. Voiced by French Tickner.
- Genevieve: The girls' dog. Extremely intelligent, possessing various skills such as juggling, arithmetic, etc. She was a stray until she saved Madeline from drowning.
- Chloe: Long mahogany or orange hair. Voiced by Tara Strong.
- Nicole: Short light brown hair/dirty blonde. Voiced by Veronika Sztopa.
- Danielle: Curly brown hair. Voiced by Chantal Strand.
- Yvette: Very short blonde hair.
- Nona: Long black hair and dark skin. (light skin until season 2)
- Lulu: Short black hair and medium skin.
- Anne: Long brown wavy hair and medium skin. (originally light skin and dark brown hair until season 2)
- Amy: Black short hair and dark skin. (originally olive green short hair until season 2)
- Monique: Long brown hair in a flip. (originally appears to be a shade of pink hair until season 3)
- Juliette: Dark brown curly hair and medium skin. (originally blonde hair and light skin until season 3)
- Sylvie (sometimes known as Simone): Long brown hair. (originally olive green hair until season 3)
Peers, part 2 
- Sugar Dimples: A child movie star with famous blond curls. She is the girls' friend and loves Madeline. Voiced by Amanda Plummer.
- Giselle: Giselle is a handicapped girl that walks only on one crutch and she cries and gets upset when she loses and misses her only friend, Madeline. At first she thought Madeline was a doll, but she was glad Madeline was not a doll when the girls were leaving. Madeline takes Giselle home to spend the night. Giselle's mother, Yvette, bought her a new doll just to cheer her up, but Giselle was missing Madeline. The next day Madeline and the girls arrive at Giselle's house and have fun with her. They eat, play, and listen to stories with her.
- Harry Houdini: A Magician that Pepito admired after seeing his show what involved a water trick. Houndai came to watch Pepito do magic after Pepito did the water trick by jumping into the fountain in his garden Houndai rescues him and tells that he must practice to be a Magician and makes Pepito a member of The Society of Young Magicians.
Peers (live-action film) 
- Aggie: Madeline's best friend in the movie who is always with Madeline and wants to do the same things she does.
- Vicki: Bossy and snobbish, who is horrible to Madeline, but heartbroken when Madeline runs away. They become friends in the end.
- Chantal: The girl who proves to be as thick as her glasses.
- Lolo: Vicki's sidekick.
- Serena: The know-it-all of the group.
- Beatrice: The morbid thinker.
- Lucinda: The girl who thinks everything is "super".
- Marie Odile: A smart girl.
Madeline audiobooks have been appearing since the early 1970s in the form of vinyl records. The record typically consists of a mixture of stories and songs.
The first soundtrack for the TV series was Madeline's Favorite Songs, released in 1995. It contains 16 tracks of music composed by Joe Raposo or Jeffrey Zahn with lyrics by Judy Rothman and Howard Ashman from the DIC and Cinar specials. The second soundtrack, Hats off to Madeline, was released in 1996. It contained 17 tracks of music from the 1993 and 1995 episodes of the show with music by Andy Street and Judy Rothman. In 2002, the latest Madeline soundtrack to date, Sing-A-Long With Madeline, was released, featuring 27 tracks of music from the 2001 episodes and they were also written by Andy Street and Judy Rothman.
|Madeline and the Magnificent Puppet Show: A Learning Journey||Creative Wonders||1995|
|Madeline European Adventures||The Learning Company||1996|
|Madeline Thinking Games||Creative Wonders||1996|
|Madeline 1st and 2nd Grade||Creative Wonders||1997|
|Madeline Rainy Day Activities||Creative Wonders||1998|
|Madeline Preschool and Kindergarten Deluxe Companion||Creative Wonders||1998|
|Madeline 1st and 2nd Grade Reading||Creative Wonders||1999|
|Madeline 1st and 2nd Grade Math||Creative Wonders||1999|
Madeline toys were initially produced by Eden Toys LLC. After the acquisition of Eden by Learning Curve, Learning Curve now produces Madeline toys. Most popular during the 1990s was a Madeline rag doll, with a signature half-smile and scar from the appendectomy that corresponds with the story from the book.
DVD releases 
|15 December 1998||18 October 1998||TriStar Pictures|
Lost In Paris
|13 April 2010||15 June 2011||Shout! Factory|
|My Fair Madeline
||3 February 2009||1 October 2003||MGM
Television Series 
And Her Friends
|7 June 2011||Madeline And The Soccer Star
Madeline’s Singing Dog
Madeline And The Missing Clown
Madeline And The Talking Parrot
Madeline And The Big Cheese
On The Town
|8 March 2011||Madeline And The Wedding
Madeline On Stage
Madeline And The Fashion Show
Madeline And The Ballet
Madeline At The Costume Party
Madeline's Birthday At The Zoo
|19 October 2010||Madeline's Winter Vacation
Madeline and Santa
Madeline at the North Pole
Madeline and the Ice Skates
Madeline's Holiday with Mr. Grump
|17 August 2010||Madeline's Halloween
Madeline and the Mean, Nasty Horrible Hats
Madeline and the Mummy
Madeline and the Haunted Castle
Madeline and the Spider Lady
|29 June 2009||Madeline And The Magic Carpet
Madeline On Safari
Madeline And The Lost Crown
Madeline And The Gypsies
Madeline And The Pirates
Madeline And The Forty Thieves
|3 June 2003||Madeline and the Dog Show
|3 May 2003||Madeline and the Pirates
Madeline and the Gypsies
|11 February 2003||Madeline in Hollywood
Madeline and the Soccer Star
|11 February 2003||Madeline and the Easter Bonnet
Madeline and the Bad Hat
|24 September 2002||Madeline's Christmas
Madeline and the Toy Factory
|24 September 2002||Madeline's Winter Vacation
Madeline in London
|Madeline-Best Episodes Ever
|28 May 2002||Madeline at the Ballet
Madeline in New York
|Madeline-Best Episodes Ever
|28 May 2002||Madeline and the 40 Thieves
Madeline and the New House
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- Intro sequence to the TV show