Author Existence Failure: Ludwig Bemelmans passed on in 1962, leaving Madeline in America unfinished (the story has already been completed, but the illustration hasn't). Bemelmans' grandson, John Bemelmans-Marciano, eventually completed the illustrations and got the book published. He has worked on all new Madeline books published since.
Banned in Russia: The live-action film was banned in Russia until 2008 because the Big Bad happened to be a Soviet spy who's trying to promote communism in Spain.
Celebrity Voice Actor: Christopher Plummer narrated all of the original specials and the 1993 and 1995 series.
His daughter, Amanda Plummer, does a guest role in Madeline in New York.
And then Whoopi Goldberg as Miss Clavel in My Fair Madeline.
Fridge Brilliance/Shown Their Work: Amidst the errors in the episode Madeline and the Mummy, most Muslim countries, Egypt included, do close for extended lunches on Fridays, due to extended Islamic prayers/sermons being held on Friday afternoons.
Well, lets just say that there is some pretty impressive names tied to the franchise.
One of the voices of Miss Clavel was Louise Vallance, who had appeared in a number of DIC's productions, including Popples (as Party Popple and Punkity Popple), and Zoobilee Zoo (as Whazzat Kangaroo).
Keep Circulating the Tapes: For a while. After the Golden Books Video/DVD releases and the show being pulled from DiC's Saturday morning block, it was nowhere to be found.... Until Shout! Factory started releasing new DVDs of the series.
However, while the specials are finally released, for a while they were only available from digital download stores, which are region-locked and thus pushed the official releases into No Export for You territory. They have since been released on DVD by Mill Creek Entertainment in September 2013.
Hulu has 59 episodes, but none of the specials. Also, did we mention that Hulu will not let you have a crack at the videos if you're neither in the US nor Germany?
No Export for You: While the episodes (and some of the specials) are receiving DVD releases thanks to Shout! Factory, until September 2013, some of the 1988-1993 specials were still this- since they were only released as a digital download on region-locked online stores. Most notably, Madeline's Christmas, which for some reason wasn't on the Shout! Factory DVD of the same name and was only available for download off Amazon.com Unbox (now Amazon Instant Video), which blocks out non-US downloaders.
The Other Darrin: Madeline has changed voice actors no less than 4 times, once a season (Marsha Moreau was Madeline #1. Tracey-Lee Smythe was Madeline #2. Andrea Libman was Madeline #3. And Chantal Strand was Madeline #4). And none of them played Madeline in the live action movie, either. Come to think of it, most of the characters changed voice actors at least once in the entire run.
Tara Strong (Then Tara Charendoff) and Andrea Libman, who'd later appear together as Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy/Pinkie Pie.
Screwed by the Network: Playhouse Disney continued airing it long after people stopped watching it on that channel and were paying more attention to Rolie Polie Olie, PB&J Otter, Out of the Box etc.; eventually in June 2002 it was pushed back to 6 A.M. in the morning when kids weren't even awake to watch it, and eventually when block rearranged it's schedule in January 2003 it was quietly removed from the block (Though this was more likely due to their liscense expiring and them not wanting to renew).
ABC removed the show after seven airings in 1995.
Talking to Herself: You get that when Miss Clavel talks to Genevieve in the animated series. Although Genevieve could only bark back.