Madeline is a diminutive French student, who faces many challenges and deals with them cheerfully and determinedly. She generally features alongside a group of her school friends, and their teacher Madame Clavel who is also a nun.
The animated series is narrated by British stage and screen stalwart Christopher Plummer, and is adapted from a series of childrens' books written by German/American Ludwig Bemelmans between 1939 and 1955.
The Madeline books are apparently still going strong today with Bemelman's grandson John taking over the reins, and they continue to tell simple wholesome stories about everyday life. Madeline's particular characteristics are that she is brave, kind, and determined; and she fights against inequality and unfairness at every opportunity.
This DVD contains a feature-length animation from the mid-90s starring Madeline and her dog Genevieve. Although entertaining, I find that the series works better in the 30 minute episodic format than as a film.
Charming stories with rather rudimentary animation; these DVDs are still great fun and my 3 year old daughter can't get enough of Madeline!