The film adaption of the famous book series
by Ludwig Bemelmans. Released in 1998, and is completely unrelated to the DIC series
The film is about a young, orphaned girl named Madeline, who attends boarding school with eleven other girls in Paris, France, in the 1950s. Following her Appendectomy, a Spanish boy named Pepito moves in next door and begins to cause havoc towards the girls, while his tutor intends to use the boy for a more sinister plot. Soon, the owner of the school reveals his intentions to sell the house, since his wife has just passed away.
It's up to Madeline and her friends to save their school from closing, tame the boy next door and prevent a villain from promoting his plan.
This film contains examples of:
- Adaptation Distillation: The Movie managed to faithfully recreate four of the books in a span of 90 minutes: Madeline, Madeline's Rescue, Madeline and the Bad Hat, and Madeline and the Gypsies.
- Adaptation Expansion: Part of Lord Covington's gruff and almost cruel demeanor stems from his grief at losing his wife early on.
- Alpha Bitch: Vicki.
- Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: The use of the word "damn" a few times in the movie was more or less there to give the movie a PG rating.
- Badass Biker: Pepito, especially during the climax.
- Badass Teacher: Miss Clavel.
- Batman Gambit: At one point, Madeline tells Pepito to be quiet and stay out of trouble while the prospective buyers are looking at the school, knowing that he'll do the exact opposite.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Madeline note . Don't frighten her friends or feed baby mice to a snake, or you'll have a young girl try to gut you down.
- Big Bad: Leopold.
- Break the Haughty: Madeline does this to Lord Covington at the end.
- Chekhov's Gun: The motorcycle used by the Idiots during the circus scene.
- Chekhov's Skill: Pepito's ability to drive motercycles is what saved him and Madeline from Leopold.
- Conveniently-Placed Sharp Thing: Madeline manages to use some circus knives to free herself and Pepito.
- Cool Bike: Pepito's Vespa
- Darker and Edgier: The DiC animated series (with the exception of Lost in Paris) is tame compare to the film when it comes to adaptions. It helps that the film contains frightening scenes, a character dying early on, child kidnapping and the use of the word "damn", while the DiC version mostly contains songs.
- Evil Clown: The Idiots.
- The Fifties: Set in 1957 rather than 1939 for obvious reasons.
- Good Is Not Soft: Madeline. She actually attacks Pepito when he attempts to feed a baby mouse to a snake. She later confronts Leopold after seeing him kidnap Pepito, but finds herself captured as well.
- "Good Luck" Gesture
- Hate at First Sight: Madeline to Pepito, despite him helping her catch her hat after it's blown off. Her hatred is sealed later that night after he frightens the whole class in a demon costume.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Madeline.
- Like A Daughter To Me: Miss Clevel for Madeline. Since Madeline is an orphan, Miss Clevel is the closest thing to a mother she has.
- Meaningful Echo: "I can do anything." Madeline first says this just before undergoing surgery at the begining of the film (having been taught those four words by Miss Clavel). She later recalls those words when captured with Pepito near the end of the film, which ultimately leads to them escaping.
- Overly Long Name: Jose Marco Filippo Franloco Lopez de Vega Esteban Machado Jorge Santiago dela Rocha Gaspar Carlos de Fuentes Coruna Diego y Sevilla, aka, Pepito. This is somewhat Truth in Television as Hispanic people often pass down names from their ancestors.
- Ruptured Appendix: At the beginning of the movie.
- Ship Tease: Quite a few between Madeline and Pepito. When Leopold kidnaps them near the end of the film, a police officer wants to believe that they eloped.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Leopold's henchman. It helps that they are circus clowns called the Idiots.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: One of the Idiots is left behind when Leopold and the other two chase after Madeline and Pepito in the stolen motorcycle. We don't know if he got arrested or what happened to him.