For other uses, see Madeline (disambiguation).

The cover to the original 1939 Madeline children's book
Author Ludwig Bemelmans
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Published 1939
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)

Madeline is a media franchise that originated as a series of children's books written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans,[1] an Austrian author. 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, a famous phrase Ethel Barrymore used to rebuff curtain calls, "That's all there is, there isn't any more."[2] The stories take place in a Catholic boarding school in Paris. Much of the media start with the line "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines ..." The stories often are written entirely in rhyme, and include simple themes of daily life which appeal to children.

In literature

Madeline was written by Ludwig Bemelmans and published in 1939. Bemelmans wrote five sequels between 1953 and 1961. Later books in the series were written by Bemelmans' grandson John Bemelmans Marciano. The books focus on a group of girls in a Catholic boarding school in Paris. Madeline is the smallest of the girls. She is seven years old, and the only redhead. She is the bravest and most outgoing of the girls.

Dell Comics published a Four Color Comics issue (#796) in 1942 titled "Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline and Genevieve".[3]

In film

See also: Madeline (1952 short film) and Madeline (1998 film)

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.. The short is self is available on DvD.[4]

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.[5][6][7]

A live-action feature adaptation of Madeline, produced in France by Jaffilms but shot in English with predominantly British accents, was released in 1998 by TriStar 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.[8][9] The 1998 live action version significantly differed from the TV series (see Madeline).

In television

Main article: Madeline (TV series)

In 1960, the Madeline stories were adapted to a one-hour color episode for the NBC series The Shirley Temple Show. In 1988, DIC Entertainment adapted the first book into an animated television special for HBO.[10] Between 1990 and 1991, Cinar and France animation produced animated adaptations of the other five original books for The Family Channel,[10] In 1993, DIC produced a Madeline television series of twenty episodes, which also aired on the Family Channel,[10] and in 1995, an additional 13 episodes were produced by DIC for ABC, under the title The New Adventures of Madeline.[10] Between 2000 and 2001, DIC produced 26 episodes for Disney Channel.


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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Video games


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.[14] Eden's Madeline Doll House received the Toy of the Year Award for Best Specialty Toy at the first annual TOTY Awards.[15]

DVD releases


Title Region 1
release date
Region 2
release date
Madeline 15 December 1998 (1998-12-15)[16] 18 October 1998 (1998-10-18)[17] TriStar Pictures
Madeline -
Lost In Paris
13 April 2010 (2010-04-13)[18] 15 June 2011 (2011-06-15) Shout! Factory
My Fair Madeline
3 February 2009 (2009-02-03)[19] 1 October 2003 (2003-10-01)[20] MGM
Prism Leisure

Television series

Title Region 1
release date
Episode(s) Distributor(s)
And Her Friends
7 June 2011 (2011-06-07)[21] Madeline And The Soccer Star[21]
Madeline’s Singing Dog[21]
Madeline And The Missing Clown[21]
Madeline And The Talking Parrot[21]
Madeline And The Big Cheese[21]
Madeline’s Rescue[21]
Shout! Factory
On The Town
8 March 2011 (2011-03-08)[22] Madeline And The Wedding[22]
Madeline On Stage[22]
Madeline And The Fashion Show[22]
Madeline And The Ballet[22]
Madeline At The Costume Party[22]
Madeline's Birthday At The Zoo[22]
Shout! Factory
19 October 2010 (2010-10-19)[23] Madeline's Winter Vacation[23]
Madeline and Santa[23]
Madeline at the North Pole[23]
Madeline and the Ice Skates[23]
Madeline's Holiday with Mr. Grump[23]
Shout! Factory
17 August 2010 (2010-08-17)[24] Madeline's Halloween[24]
Madeline and the Mean, Nasty Horrible Hats[24]
Madeline and the Mummy[24]
Madeline and the Haunted Castle[24]
Madeline and the Spider Lady[24]
Shout! Factory
Great Adventures
29 June 2009 (2009-06-29)[25] Madeline And The Magic Carpet[25]
Madeline On Safari[25]
Madeline And The Lost Crown[25]
Madeline And The Gypsies[25]
Madeline And The Pirates[25]
Madeline And The Forty Thieves[25]
Shout! Factory
Dog Stories
3 June 2003 (2003-06-03)[26] Madeline and the Dog Show[26]
Madeline Rescue[26]
Sony Pictures
Madeline Adventures:
Volume 1
3 June 2003 (2003-06-03)[27] Madeline and the Pirates[27]
Madeline and the Gypsies[27]
Sony Pictures
The Star
11 February 2003 (2003-02-11)[28] Madeline in Hollywood[28]
Madeline and the Soccer Star[28]
Sony Pictures
11 February 2003 (2003-02-11)[29] Madeline and the Easter Bonnet[29]
Madeline and the Bad Hat[29]
Sony Pictures
24 September 2002 (2002-09-24)[30] Madeline's Christmas[30]
Madeline and the Toy Factory[30]
Sony Pictures
24 September 2002 (2002-09-24)[31] Madeline's Winter Vacation[31]
Madeline in London[31]
Sony Pictures
Madeline-Best Episodes Ever
Volume 1
28 May 2002 (2002-05-28)[32] Madeline at the Ballet[32]
Madeline in New York[32]
Sony Pictures
Madeline-Best Episodes Ever
Volume 2
28 May 2002 (2002-05-28)[33] Madeline and the 40 Thieves[33]
Madeline and the New House[33]
Sony Pictures
Bonjour Madeline: the Original Specials
TV special
10 September 2013 (2013-09-10) Madeline (pilot)[29]
Madeline's Christmas[26]
Madeline's Rescue[30]
Madeline and the Bad Hat[32]
Madeline and the Gypsies[33]
Madeline in London[25]
Mill Creek Entertainment
Madeline: The Complete Collection 4 August 2015 (2015-08-04) All 6 specials
All 59 episodes
Mill Creek Entertainment


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  22. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "MadelineOn The Town". Retrieved 9 February 2011.
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