The cover to the original 1939 Madeline children's book
|Media type||Print (hardcover and paperback)
Madeline is a series of children's books written by Ludwig Bemelmans, an Austrian author. The first book was published in 1939. It proved to be a success, and Bemelmans wrote many sequels in the 1940s and 1950s. The series continues, written by Bemelmans' grandson John Bemelmans Marciano.
The books have been adapted into numerous formats, spawning telefilms, television series and 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."
- 1 Overview
- 2 Characters
- 3 Films
- 4 Television
- 5 Other media
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The stories takes place in a Catholic boarding school in Paris. In the first book, Madeline's "papa" sends her a dolls' house when she is recovering from an appendectomy, and the girls all go to visit their parents in the Christmas book. In the movie "Madeline Lost in Paris", she reveals that she no longer has parents to turn to, and the girls are upset because she has no family.
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 by Ludwig Bemelmans consists of 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 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 by John Bemelmans-Marciano consist of:
- Madeline in America - Madeline travels to Texas
- Madeline Loves Animals - Madeline travels to the zoo and meets the animals
- 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
- Madeline and the Old House in Paris - Madeline and Pepito encounter a ghost in the old house in Paris.
- Madeline: The smallest of the girls and the title character. She is 7 (8 in season 3) 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. Contrary to popular belief, and to her depiction in the animated series and in the live-action film, she, and by extension, her classmates, weren't orphans in the original books, and were attending a boarding school. This is further reinforced in the first book wherein she received a dollhouse from her father. Voiced by Marsha Moreau, Tracey Lee Smythe, Andrea Libman, and Chantal Strand.
- Miss Clavel: Madeline's teacher and commonly believed to be a Catholic nun, but her dress in Bemelmans' 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. She 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; he used to be extremely naughty, constantly bullying the girls and being cruel to animals, 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 Julian Bailey, AJ Bond, David Morse, and Michael Monroe Heyward.
- Lord Cucuface (Lord Covington in the movie): Chairman of the school's board of trustees, he had a change of heart after receiving one of Genevieve's puppies. Voiced by French Tickner.
- Genevieve: The girls' dog. Extremely intelligent, possessing 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. 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 (dark brown hair and light skin until season 2).
- Ellie: Black short hair and dark skin (olive green short hair until season 2).
- Monique: Long brown hair in a flip (hair appears to be pink until season 3).
- Janine: Dark brown curly hair and medium skin (blonde hair and light skin until season 3).
- Sylvie (sometimes Simone): Long brown hair (olive green until season 3)
- Miss Murphy: The housekeeper, owner and maid of Madeline's boarding school
- Sugar Dimples: A child movie star with famous blond curls. She is the girls' friend and loves Madeline.
- Giselle: Walks with a crutch and 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.
- Pablito: Pablito is Pepito's cousin; along with his two brothers he is very naughty and even worse than Pepito used to be.
- Harry Houndai: 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.
In live-action film
- Madeline: The smallest of the girls and the title movie.
- Aggie: Madeline's best friend, who is always with Madeline and wants to do the same things she does.
- Victoria: Bossy and snobbish, horrible to Madeline, but heartbroken when Madeline runs away. They become friends in the end.
- Chantal: As thick as her glasses.
- Beatrice: The morbid thinker.
- Lucinda: Thinks everything is "super".
- Lolo: Victoria's sidekick.
- Serena: The know-it-all of the group.
- Elizabeth: A swell girl with two pony tails hair.
- Sylvette: A thoughtful girl with a long one pony tail hair.
- Veronica: A good girl speak English very well.
- Marie-Odile: A smart girl.
In Madeline's Christmas Musical
- Anne: Pronounced "AHN". Repeats the last word of what other people say.
- Kate: Pronounced "KAHT".
- Amy:Pronounced "ah-MEE".
- Camille: Pronounced "cah-MEE-ah". Loves eating sweets.
- Dominique: Pronounced "doh-min-EEK".
- Regine: Pronounced "reh-JEEN" ("J" as in Jacques). Madeline's best friend.
- Simone: Pronounced "see-MOHN".
- Mary: Pronounced "mah-REE".
- Isabelle: Pronounced "ees-a-BELL".
- Daphne: Pronounced "daf-NEE".
- Juliette: Pronounced "jool-ee-EHT" ("J" as in Jacques).
- Madeline: The little redhead herself.
- Miss Clavel: The boarding house's nurse.
- Monsieur Brun: The French history teacher.
- Mrs. Murphy: The humorous cook.
- Harsha: The magical rug merchant.
- Martin: Pronounced "mar-TAN". A mouse.
The earliest appearance in the cinema was in the 1952 animated short Madeline, produced by United Productions of America (UPA) and directed by Bob Cannon. It was nominated for the 1952 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons), but lost to Tom and Jerry's seventh 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.
In 1964, David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng released by Madeline after the Warner Bros. Studios was closed in 1963. In 1967, Alex Lovy and William Hendricks made up some ideas for the show. Those films were ended in 1969.
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 was composed by Michel Legrand and Carly Simon sang 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 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 book into an animated television special for HBO. The screenplay was written by Judy Rothman, who was 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 (now Cookie Jar) and France animation produced animated adaptations of the other five original 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 Jeffrey Zahn, who replaced the late Joe Raposo. "I'm Madeline," Madeline's theme song from the original special, was reprised. The specials were released on video by Golden Book Video.
|Ep||Episode Title||Release Date|
|1||Madeline (Pilot)||February 16, 1988|
|2||Madeline's Rescue||October 18, 1991|
|3||Madeline's Christmas||December 12, 1991|
|4||Madeline and the Gypsies||February 1, 1992|
|5||Madeline and the Bad Hat||June 8, 1992|
|6||Madeline in London||August 15, 1992|
In 1993, DIC produced a Madeline television series, which also aired on the Family Channel. Twenty episodes were produced for the first series. Christopher Plummer reprised his role as narrator again and "I'm Madeline" was the series' theme song. The series was 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 episodes featured a new theme song, "Hats Off to Madeline", music by Andy Street with lyrics by Judy Rothman. ABC cancelled the series after seven weeks, so six episodes did not air in the U.S. until the series was run on the Disney Channel beginning in 1997.
DIC produced the animated telefilm Madeline: Lost in Paris, which was released in 1999, featuring Madeline being drawn into a scam by her supposed "Uncle" Horst and finding the true meaning to the word "family". Andrea Libman voiced Madeline.
In 2000, DIC produced 26 episodes for the Disney Channel. The theme song was changed to "Our Madeline" (although overseas screenings had "Hats Off to Madeline" as the opening theme). Christopher Gaze succeeded Christopher Plummer as narrator. 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.
Broadcast and home video rights to all of the DIC/Cinar Madeline episodes/specials/telefilms are owned by DHX Media, as of October 15, 2011.
Season 1 (1993)
|Ep||Episode Title||Release Date|
|1||Madeline and the 40 Thieves||September 14, 1993|
|2||Madeline and the Dog Show||September 18, 1993|
|3||Madeline and the Easter Bonnet||September 22, 1993|
|4||Madeline and the New House||September 26, 1993|
|5||Madeline and the Soccer Star||September 30, 1993|
|6||Madeline and the Toy Factory||October 4, 1993|
|7||Madeline at Cooking School||October 8, 1993|
|8||Madeline at the Ballet||October 12, 1993|
|9||Madeline and the Singing Dog||October 16, 1993|
|10||Madeline's Winter Vacation||October 20, 1993|
|11||Madeline in Hollywood||October 24, 1993|
|12||Madeline and the Pirates||October 28, 1993|
|13||Madeline's Birthday at the Zoo||November 1, 1993|
|14||Madeline at the Louvre||November 5, 1993|
|15||Madeline and the Missing Clown||November 9, 1993|
|16||Madeline and the Costume Party||November 13, 1993|
|17||Madeline and the Old Violin||November 17, 1993|
|18||Madeline and the Mean, Nasty, Horrible Hats||November 21, 1993|
|19||Madeline and the Talking Parrot||November 25, 1993|
|20||Madeline in New York||November 29, 1993|
Season 2 (1995)
|Ep||Episode Title||Release Date|
|1||Madeline and the Lost Crown||August 12, 1995|
|2||Madeline and the Orient Express||August 19, 1995|
|3||Madeline and the Dinosaur Bone||August 26, 1995|
|4||Madeline and the Magic Carpet||September 2, 1995|
|5||Madeline and the Treasure Hunt||September 9, 1995|
|6||Madeline and the Mummy||September 16, 1995|
|7||Madeline's Detective School||September 23, 1995|
|8||Madeline and the Hunchback of Notre Dame||September 30, 1995|
|9||Madeline and the Big Cheese||October 6, 1995|
|10||Madeline and the Science Project||October 13, 1995|
|11||Madeline and the Haunted Castle||October 20, 1995|
|12||Madeline and the Wild West||October 27, 1995|
|13||Madeline's Holiday with Mr. Grump||November 3, 1995|
Season 3 (2000)
|Ep||Episode Title||Release Date|
|1||Madeline's Halloween||September 9, 2002|
|2||Madeline and the Spider Lady||September 16, 2002|
|3||Madeline and the Can Can Cliques||September 23, 2002|
|4||Madeline at Cannes||September 30, 2002|
|5||Madeline and the Show Off||October 7, 2002|
|6||Madeline and the Wedding||October 14, 2002|
|7||Madeline on Safari||October 21, 2002|
|8||Madeline at the North Pole||October 28, 2002|
|9||Madeline and Santa||November 4, 2002|
|10||Madeline and the New Girl||November 11, 2002|
|11||Madeline at Versailles||November 18, 2002|
|12||Madeline at the Hotel Riche||November 25, 2002|
|13||Madeline on Stage||December 2, 2002|
|14||Madeline and the Marionettes||December 9, 2002|
|15||Madeline and the Ice Skates||December 16, 2002|
|16||Madeline and the Giants||December 23, 2002|
|17||Madeline and the Fashion Show||December 30, 2000|
|18||Madeline's Manners||January 6, 2003|
|19||Madeline and the Magic Show||January 11, 2003|
|20||Madeline's Valentine||January 18, 2003|
|21||Madeline and the Perfume||January 25, 2003|
|22||Madeline at the Eiffel Tower||February 1, 2003|
|23||Madeline and the Tea Party||February 8, 2003|
|24||Madeline and the White Lie||February 15, 2003|
|25||Madeline and the Dog Who Cried Wolf||February 22, 2003|
|26||Madeline at the Flea Market||March 1, 2003|
Madeline audiobooks have been appearing since the early 1970s as 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 with music by Andy Street and lyrics by 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||Creative Wonders||1997|
|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, since acquired by Learning Curve. 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.
|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
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 June 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
|Bonjour Madeline: the Original Specials
|10 September 2013||Madeline (pilot)
Madeline and the Bad Hat
Madeline and the Gypsies
Madeline in London
|Mill Creek Entertainment|
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- Intro sequence to the TV show