* AdaptationDisplacement: There was a 1950's short, too. It's vaguely remembered, though it was put on the DVD release of the 1998 film.
** In the books and early specials, Madeline's parents are known to be alive, and even appeared in the Christmas special. The live-action film, in which she's an orphan, caused [=DiC=] to retcon her into an orphan, much to the confusion of many.
* AllAnimationIsDisney: DiC was with Disney at the time the series and ''Lost in Paris'' was created, which made many people believe that the ''Madeline'' TV series and first DirectToVideo movie were from Disney (It doesn't help that ''Lost in Paris'', at least the original 1999 release before it was rereleased on DVD by Shout! Factory, opens with the text "Disney Presents")
* EarWorm: [[IAmSong "I'm Madeline"]], "A Bad, Bad Hat", "Two Straight Lines", "Something is Not Right", "Have You Seen Our Dog?", and every other song.
** "Home Is Where The Heart Is".
* HarsherInHindsight: Lost in Paris, a story about a girl named Madeline being put in a sweatshop, becomes this after the 2007 abduction and [[{{NeverFoundTheBody}} possible murder]] of Madeleine [=McCann=].
* HilariousInHindsight: {{CINAR}} came up with the initial ideas for the specials and partnered with DiC to execute it. Then Cinar went their way when the partnership ended while DiC went on to make the the TV series and two specials. Almost two decades later, CINAR became CookieJar and subsequently bought DiC, and then merged.
* MarySue: Madeline herself, especially in the early specials. Though she later pulled through, especially in the live-action film.
* {{Moe}}
* {{Narm}}: "Lord Cucuface, beware! Genevive, noblest dog in all of France, you shall have your [[PainfulRhyme ven-ge-ance]]!" For the record, that line did not appear in the TV special. The movie did include the second sentence, albeit with a normal pronunciation of "vengeance."
* NoExportForYou: The specials. They have never been broadcasted in a few countries worldwide compared with the rest of the series, and even in terms of DVD releases they have only been available as digital downloads on US-only online stores.
* ToyShip: Madeline and Pepito.
* TheWoobie: All the orphan girls in ''Lost in Paris''. ''Especially'' Fifi.
* WTHCastingAgency: ''My Fair Madeline'' had WhoopiGoldberg (yes, [[SisterAct THAT Whoopi Goldberg]]) [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340228/ as Miss Clavel]].