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Madeline is an animated children's television series produced for various North American networks; during the production of Madeline's 66 episodes by DiC Entertainment a series of specials aired, includingt he first episode based on the original book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Created by Austrian author Bemelmans in 1939 the Madeline series of books were originally written in verse throughout the 1940s and 50s; the animated TV series was written by Judy Rothman who write the dialogue and lyrics for the accompanying songs. Initially broadcast as a special family event by U.S. cable network HBO Madeline was narrated by veteran actor Christopher Plummer in 1989 with production continuing on three seasons and numerous special episodes until 2000.

Following the plot of the initial book Madeline closely the initial special episode tells the story of Madeline, a student at a Paris boarding school who is diagnosed with appendicitis and must go to hospital for surgery. As she recovers from surgery Madeline is sent a dollhouse by her Papa to aid her recovery; Madeline differs from the rest of the children in her school run by Catholic Nun Miss Clavel.

Each story in the Madeline animated series tells a story about Madeline who is the bravest of her friends at the Catholic boarding school of Miss Clavel. In a nearby house the Spanish Ambassador to France moves in and brings his young son, Pepito who is an arrogant and disliked when he is first featured in the series. During later episodes Pepito becomes a friend of the girls in the school and takes part in a number of the adventures of Madeline. An ongoing story throughout the series is the constant threat the school is placed under by one of its governor's, Lord Cucuface who wishes to sell the property in central Paris.

ABC
3 Seasons, 69 Episodes - Ended
September 12, 1993
Animation & Cartoons, Children
7.0/10
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  • When Madeline and the girls find some collectibles from the 1800's in the attic of the Old House, they decide to set up a booth at The Flea Market.

  • When Genevieve wakes up with a strange rash, Dr. Fleabag the vet prescribes lots of loving care, which Genevieve enjoy so much that she begins to fake ailments.

  • When Madeline and the girls go to Dr. Cohn for a physical, all the girls have grown several inches except Madeline, who has a dream that she will be Tom Thumb-sized for her whole life.

  • When Lord Cucuface becomes suddenly indisposed, Madeline takes over his mission to impress some American tourists who are potential donors to the girls' school.

  • The girls are planning a spring tea in honor of Lord Cucuface and the trustees when Sugar Dimples, the child movie star, drops in to visit and takes over, turning their simple party into a major "Hollywood" production, with over-the-top results.

  • After Madeline performs a successful science experiment dropping an egg off the balcony of the old house without breaking it, Pepito dares her to drop her egg off the top of the Eiffel Tower.

  • While touring Lord Cucuface's perfume factory in Grasse, Pepito finds a friendly skunk, which he sneaks into the factory.

  • Madeline and the girls become extremely jealous when lovesick Genevieve falls in love with a neighborhood dog, but in the end, Madeline helps the girls realize that Genevieve has plenty of love to go around.

  • After Pepito and the girls go to see Harry Houdini's show, Pepito decides to create his own magic show at home, and puts poor Genevieve in danger.

  • After Pepito burps at the dinner table, his parents insist on sending him to etiquette school, where he is joined by Madeline and the girls.

  • When Madeline and the girls are given the opportunity to be high fashion models and meet the top designer Mme. Clich, they are asked to wear creations made of cheese and discover that fashion is fickle and it's what's inside that counts.

  • When Madeline gets a pair of new ice skates for her birthday, she becomes so obsessed with practicing her skating that she neglects all her other responsibilities and friendships.

  • Madeline and the girls help to reform an unhappy puppeteer in the Jardin de Luxembourg, who, because he never had the talent to be an opera singer, puts on marionette shows.

  • The girls in the house covered in vines fancy themselves actresses and so Miss Clavel brings a famous acting instructor to teach them. They do well at their lessons, but most are upset when they're assigned what they feel is a bit role in the first play. Then, Madeline learns exactly what the role entails and finds out that there no small roles, only small actors.

  • When the pipes burst and the old house is closed for a plumbing overhaul, Madeline and the girls move into Lord Cucuface's lavish suite at the Ritz.

  • A new girl from India is greeted with suspicion and distrust after the girls overhear that she's an "alien", and then keep catching her in the attic with weird devices and antenna on her head.

  • After Santa indulges in too many delicious holiday treats, he finds that his bulging tummy prevents him from fitting into the chimneys of the world.

  • After Lord Cucuface promises them a white Christmas, Madeline and the girls travel to the North Pole where they find an elf shortage (because of a terrible flu), and take it upon themselves to help Santa get all the gifts ready in time.

  • Nicole is embarrassed when she is asked to read a letter from her aunt, and it is revealed that her reading skills aren't as developed as the other girls.

  • Madeline and the girls play matchmaker and are invited to be in the resulting wedding.

  • When Yvette is asked to pose for a famous contemporary artist, she brags to the other girls and acts superior because this obviously means she is beautiful.

  • The girls enter a cancan competition, but the intense practice schedule and concerns about costumes creates a problem: cliques.

  • Madeline and girls visit Miss Clavel's cousin Fifi at the radio station for the Halloween broadcast and accidentally leave the microphone on as they tell a scary story about ants invading New York.

  • When Madeline and the girls go to New York to meet their culturally diverse penpals and celebrate Halloween, Madeline finds some mysterious spider earrings in her trick or treat bag.

  • In the middle of the winter holiday season, Miss Clavel gets called away from the Old House to care for her ailing aunt. Lord Cucuface replaces her with Mr. Grump, who is more of a drill sergeant than headmaster.

  • When the girls go for pony rides in the park, Madeline's pony, Gallop, (the smallest) does all sorts of fancy tricks and finally takes off, trotting across Paris!

  • Madeline, the girls, Pepito, and his three naughty cousins go on a field trip to Egypt.

  • Genevieve is caught in the basket of a hot-air balloon.

  • Lord Cucuface arrives at the Old House with a large chunk of prize-winning cheese (for fondue) and a new touring car.

  • To raise money to buy Miss Clavel a birthday present, Madeline starts a detective school.

  • The newspaper sponsors a treasure hunt leading to a chest full of money.

  • Madeline y Pepito se embarcan en una aventura a bordo de la alfombra m'√°gica para devolver una l'√°mpara y reunir a la alfombra con el Genio.

  • The girls get a chance to perform with a famed ballet master who thinks Madeline is too small to succeed.

  • Pepito becomes frustrated when an old lamp from the Embassy attic fails to produce a Genie, and he throws the lamp in the trash. That night a frayed old Magic Carpet comes to Madeline's window and asks her help in finding the discarded lamp.

  • Genevieve digs up a huge bone in the garden that turns out to be a fossilized stegasaurus' hip bone.

  • When Madeline and the girls visit a toy factory, Madeline is accidentally boxed as a "doll" and sold to a handicapped girl.

  • Madeline, Pepito and the girls take the famed Orient Express to Istanbul to compete in the International Spelling Bee

  • Madeline convinces the young Prince of Monaco to remove his crown so he can spend an afternoon as an ordinary boy.

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