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Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig created the beloved children's book character Angelina Ballerina, and she went on to have her own television show, which was conceived in the UK and features the animated tales of this charming mouse and her friends and family.

Angelina Mouseling is voiced by Finty Williams, while her ballet teacher, Miss Lilly, is given voice by Dame Judi Dench. Other regular characters in the series include Angelina's best friend Alice Nimbletoes (Jo Wyatt) and her parents (Keith Wickham and Jonell Elliot). Many of the voice actors play multiple roles. One actor who doesn't is theatre legend Derek Jacobi, who voices Mr. Ivor Operatski, a very distinguished friend of Miss Lilly.

The episodes in this series are only 15 minutes long, and they take their inspiration from the extensive series of books. Many of them deal with typical childhood struggles like sibling rivalry, elementary school crushes and bullying. The episodes also deal specifically with ballet culture and the practice that is needed to truly master such an art form.

Angelina Ballerina and its related series, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, which features her as an older girl who has moved to America, are aimed at young children. While Angelina Ballerina is set in the fictional UK town of Chipping Cheddar, it has found great resonance with American audiences, particularly little girls who are enchanted by the beauty of ballet and the sweetness of Angelina and her friends and family.

The series includes an assortment of interesting characters, from ornery neighbor Harriet Hodgepodge to petty twins Priscilla and Penelope Pinkpaws. Each of the additional characters allows for more complex stories to occur as Angelina explores the world beyond just her own house and her beloved ballet studio, encouraging children to see all of the possibilities that lie before them in their lives.

8:30 pm et/pt on PBS
1 Season, 55 Episodes
May 10, 2002
Animation & Cartoons
5.1/10
Cast: Emily Dormer, Emma Tate, Charlotte Spencer, Lizzie Waterworth
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Angelina Ballerina Full Episode Guide

  • The mouselings' Halloween costumes don't arrive in time for Trick or Treat. What will Angelina and her friends do? How can they Trick or Treat without costumes? When they decide to use creative ways to express their characters through dance, they realize they didn't need costumes after all! Ms. Mimi teaches the students about poetry. She wants them to use dance to convey emotions in a poem. When Alice gets the giggles, she is unable to express her assigned emotion correctly. No matter how hard her friends try to help, Alice just can't stop smiling! Luckily, Ms Mimi and some melancholic piano music help Alice change her mood - and her dancing.

  • Marco wants to perform the Indian epic, the Ramayana, for the school. But his friends want to perform "Mouselina." However, the mouselings learn the story of the Ramayana and are inspired. They surprise Marco by learning an Indian song and choreography. The Indian performance is so catchy that soon everyone joins in and Marco is thankful to have such wonderful friends. A.Z.'s birthday is quickly approaching and he can't stop dropping hints. His friends play dumb to his clues because they have an idea of their own for his special day! His persistence almost disrupts their plans, but, fortunately, Angelina, Marco, and Viki are one step ahead and throw the best surprise birthday ever!

  • When Alice baby-sits Polly, Angelina begins to think that her baby sister likes Alice more. Angelina exhausts herself trying to prove that she's the better baby-sitter, but in the end, Angelina learns she will always be #1 for her little sister! When Mrs. Thimble makes a special dish for the F├¬te Fran├žaise, she uses an incredibly smelly cheese! Angelina and her friends fear that the cheese will drive everyone away. After several comical tries to persuade Mrs. Thimble to serve a different French delicacy, the mouselings finally decide that honesty is always the best policy!

  • Ms. Mimi teaches the class about dynamics in music and dance. Loud sounds suit big, theatrical movements. Quiet music works well with smaller movements. Angelina uses what she learns to make her chores more fun, and in the meantime gives her mother the best Mother's Day gift of all! As Angelina and Polly decorate Dad's store for Father's Day, they find sheet music written by Mr. Mouseling. They learn that the music compositions are Klezmer, which is a kind of music used at celebrations. Since today is Father's Day, they play Klezmer to celebrate the best dad of all!

  • Polly becomes obsessed with her height, attempting schemes and gimmicks to become taller. When Angelina, A.Z., and Alice need someone to play a very important role in their school production of Goldilocks and the Three Mice, she realizes the value of her size and that she is special just the way she is! Viki makes the mistake of agreeing to help too many people at the same time. By trying to help so many people, she isn't really helping anyone! Luckily she figures out an ingenious and fun way to keep her promises without letting anyone down!

  • It's the mouselings' annual Children's Day celebration! When things go awry, the mouselings are disappointed and ready to throw in the towel. All of a sudden, something wonderful happens and Children's Day ends up being a huge success after all! Ms. Mimi performs a special modern dance for the school. Angelina and her friends are very impressed! They can only dream of a day when dancing comes so easily. In a comic flashback, Ms. Mimi assures them that the dance wasn't nearly as easy as it looked!

  • It's Valentine's Day! Angelina and Alice are excited to perform a love-themed skating show during halftime at Chipping Cheddar's big hockey game. Marco thinks he is being asked to join the hockey team and is less than enthusiastic when he finds out that he has to participate in Angelina and Viki's performance. Eventually, Marco realizes the importance of his part and, in the end, learns to make the best of an uncomfortable situation. Ms. Mimi takes the mouselings on a field trip to show them that music is everywhere: lots of things can be used to make music! Gracie doesn't see the point in finding other ways to make music when they have such great instruments at school. With the help of her friends and Mrs. Thimble, she discovers that learning can be fun and inspiration can be found even in the most unlikely of places!

  • AZ is having trouble dancing in his new jeans, because they are just so uncomfortable! Angelina and Alice help out by adopting a whole new way to dance! Ms. Mimi asks the students to design posters that illustrate what Camembert Academy means to them. When Angelina and Marco are paired together, they just can't seem to agree on anything. After many attempts, they finally cooperate and complete the perfect Camembert Poster!

  • Marco's favorite mime artist is coming to town and he enters a radio drawing to win two free tickets to see the show. Radio Cheddar calls to say Marco has won the tickets, but only if he can answer questions over the phone. But Marco made a bet with Angelina that he would make it through the day without speaking. If he answers the questions, he loses his bet -- if he doesn't he won't get to go to the Marcel Mouseau show. What will he do? Gracie discovers the joy of Disco dancing and just can't stop! She gets carried away and even puts dancing before her responsibilities to help her friends. In the end, Gracie learns that she can still dance, have fun, AND help others!

  • Angelina is so excited to have Gracie stay at her house for a few days. Unfortunately, the girls discover that being roommates isn't always easy. After several disagreements, the friends learn an important lesson in problem solving, compromise and friendship. When Angelina tries to organize her friends in a parade, everything goes wrong! Nobody is working together and the parade is chaotic. Through her resourcefulness, Angelina finds a way to gain control to keep everyone on track.

  • Angelina and her friends are preparing to go onstage for a performance when Angelina comes down with a bad case of the hiccups. Through a series of comical events, her friends do everything to try to help cure her! When all her friends have an "Eva the Diva" bag, Angelina desperately wants one too. After working hard to earn enough money for the bag, she discovers that being original and creative is much more exciting than following the crowd!

  • Angelina and her friends organize a dance marathon for the Chipping Cheddar Earth Club as part of their "Camembert Cares" school project. After Gracie accidentally recycles the pledge sheet, Angelina uses her ingenuity to save the day! Viki is trying to paint a picture of Angelina and Gracie for Camembert's Art Show, but they just can't stay still long enough for her to finish the painting. Viki can't complete the project with moving models! In the end, Viki uses her imagination to turn her "ruined" project into something even better.

  • Angelina persuades Ms. Mimi to let her take care of her pet canary when she goes away for the weekend. Despite Angelina's good intentions, the bird escapes from its cage and Angelina and her friends spend most of the weekend searching for him by using woodwind instruments as bird calls. In the end, they find the bird and learn that caring for pets is a lot of hard work! Polly gets a music box in the mail from her grandmother, and she falls in love with the waltz music it plays. When Angelina accidentally breaks the special box, she replaces it, but the new music box plays a different type of music. In the end, Polly realizes she can still dance her favorite waltz to the music from her new music box.

  • Angelina and her friends need one more person to dance the "Cheddar Cheese Slide." When Gracie joins in, they thought she knew the steps, but instead she introduces everyone to the French version of the dance. Eventually, the friends learn a lesson in problem solving, while discovering a new dance along the way! After reading a detective story, Viki is determined to become a good detective herself. When Marco's sheet music disappears, it's the perfect opportunity for her to practice her detective skills and try to find the missing music!

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