Angelina Ballerina

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Angelina Ballerina
Angelina Ballerina logo.svg
Created by Katharine Holabird & Helen Craig
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s) Colin Towns
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 39 (+3 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Ginger Gibbons
Running time 12 minutes (series)
50 minutes (specials)
3 minutes (Little Stars)
Production company(s) PBS Kids
Distributor
Release
Original network CITV (UK)
PBS Kids (US)
TVO Kids
Picture format 720p (16:9 SDTV)
Original release 4 May 2002 (2002-05-04) – 5 September 2006 (2006-09-05)

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. 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 40 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 and CITV in the United Kingdom, 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.

A second revival is scheduled for 2017.[2] It is currently unknown if this revival will either be a continuation of Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps or if it will return to the 2002 TV series.

Characters[edit]

  • Angelina Mouseling (Voiced by Finty Williams) – A feisty, quiet little mouseling who loves to dance and dreams of becoming a famous prima ballerina. She often wears a pink leotard, tutu, vest, no panties, hair ribbon, and 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 Nimbletoes (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) – Angelina's best friend, who is very skilled at gymnastics. She often wears a green leotard, tutu, vest, no panties, 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 is shown that he has a crush on Angelina.
  • Mr. Longtail (Voiced by Keith Wickham) – William's father who works as a cab driver and praises his son for any efforts he tries to make, especially if it is his first time.
  • Priscilla and Penelope Pinkpaws (Voiced by 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 lilac leotards, tutus, no panties, and pointe shoes and wears a purple hair ribbon, and Penelope wears a purple leotard, tutu, no panties and ballet slippers, but wears a lilac hair ribbon. They also have a baby brother in the episodes Angelina's Surprise and The Ballet Tickets.
  • 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.
  • Samuel "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 and Polly's father and the proprietor of the Mouseland Gazette. In "Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps" Maurice works for the Mouseland Herald which requires him, Matilda, Angelina, and Polly to move to the other side of Chipping Cheddar.
  • Mrs. Matilda Fielding Mouseling (Voiced by Jonell Elliott) – Angelina and Polly's mother. Her maiden surname is Fielding. She has a sister Amanda, who has a son.
  • Polly Mouseling – The youngest daughter of Maurice and Matilda and the little sister of Angelina. Polly is an infant with brown fur and often wears a pink dress. In the TV series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, Polly is 4 years old with white fur instead of brown and she wears a blue jumper with a yellow T-shirt.
  • Grandma Mouseling and Grandpa Jeffrey Mouseling (Voiced by Adrienne Posta and Keith Wickham) – Angelina, Polly, and Henry's grandparents and Maurice and Louis's parents. They are sometimes mentioned in Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps.
  • Uncle Louis Mouseling (Voiced by Rob Rackstraw) – Maurice's brother, Angelina and Polly's uncle, Matilda's brother-in-law, and Henry's father.
  • Aunt Petra Mouseling (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) – Uncle Louis' wife, Angelina and Polly's aunt, Maurice's sister-in-law, and Henry's mother.
  • Cousin Henry Mouseling (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) – Angelina and Polly's cousin, Petra and Louis' son, and Matilda and Maurice's nephew.
  • Mrs. Hodgepodge (Voiced by Finty Williams) – Angelina and Polly's next door neighbour who does not like dancing. 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 shy mouse 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 Sammy and the Pinkpaws twins make fun of. She befriends Angelina and Alice and later joins Miss Lilly's ballet class when she returns to Chipping Cheddar for a visit.
  • 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 elderly kind hearted store owner.
  • Mr. Ratchett – A builder and crane driver.
  • Ms. Twitchett – A gentle old lady who loves wrapping things.

Episodes[edit]

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 September 5, 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
Angelina's Big City Ballet 2014
Angelina's Cinderella 2015

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. 
  2. ^ Mattel/Hit, 9 Story to reboot Barney, Angelina

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