I bought this remembering how my girls used to love this film when we had it on VHS years ago. My girls, who are now 12 and 13, asked me why I wanted to buy the film when they are now too old to watch it. I used to love this film too secretly! When it arrived they both watched it again and enjoyed it as much as they used to. And they have watched it a number of times since, It's a lovely innocent story and easy to watch. I think its quite unique in this way compared to many of today's movies intended for kids!
A really exquisite movie that will make you laugh, cry, and keep putting it on again for more
The movie is about a girls school in Paris and the adventures of 12 adorable little girls, with the cutest and most interesting of all being the plucky flame haired little tyke, with a heart of gold Madeline (Hatty Jones).
With adventures taken from the timeless books, including little Madeleine's appendicitis, and her rescue from the water by the golden retriever Genevieve, the centerpiece of the story is the battle of the girls and their loving guardian Miss Clavel (Frances McDormand) to keep their school and their dog, against the cruel plans of Lord Covington (Nigel Hawthorne) and also foiling a thuggish tutor cum kidnapper Leopold (Ben Daniels)
This is really beautiful, not only for kids, but for all young at heart aged 2 to 122 years of age.
There are just so many wonderful memorable heart-stealing scenes, funny cute and poignant.
brilliant film, saw it years ago and when i saw it on DVD just had to get it Madeline is such a cutie and a little devil cheeky monkey but you have to feel for her, she makes the movie, great for all ages, my grand kids love this film also can't get them to do anything while its on
My five-year-old daughter was completely overcome by the film, and announced that she wants to transfer to "Madeline's school."
It's Paris in the 1950s (using real Paris locations), and Madeline is the smallest of the "twelve little girls in two straight lines" who attend a school inside a large house "covered in vines." Fans of the books and the animated television series can be assured that the actors are as close to the illustrations as it is possible for human actors to be, especially the delightful red-haired child playing Madeline.
Pepito, the Spanish ambassador's son, moves in next door and starts to cause havoc with his motorbike. Lord Covington (Nigel Hawthorne)puts the school up for sale and starts escorting other ambassadors through the premises. Genevive the dog saves Madeline from drowning, but can't be kept at the school. And there is a dastardly plot by some circus clowns to kidnap Pepito for ransom. Madeline saves the day all round, and everything ends happily ever after.
Excellent first played this dvd for my eldest grandchild who is now 23 and 5 subsequent grandchildren so wasn't sure it would still be relevant for the two newest grandchildren but there was no need to worry they too are mesmerised by it and love it too.
I ordered this video for my Niece who is 7yrs old, she has been watching Madeline on TV for months (animated versions)she had no idea that there was a movie. She was absolutely over the moon with this movie and has watched it over & over. Great story line would reccommend this for any little girl or family. Very impressed