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- Adaptation Displacement: 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.
- All Animation Is Disney: 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 Direct-to-Video 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")
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: My Fair Madeline isn't very well-liked among fans due to the main character getting put through the wringer for almost no reason whatsoever and the conflict relying on You Have to Believe Me and the Adults Are Useless tropes as very tiring. This movie is also blamed for possibly killing the franchise.
- Ear Worm: "I'm Madeline", "A Bad, Bad Hat", "Two Straight Lines", "Something is Not Right", "Have You Seen Our Dog?", "Home Is Where The Heart Is", and every other song.
- "Slovakio, Slovaki-ay, we're on a gyspy carvan!"
- "Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat! Going door to door..."
- Harsher in Hindsight: Lost in Paris, a story about Madeline being forced to work in a sweatshop, becomes this after the 2007 abduction and possible murder of Madeleine McCann.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 Cookie Jar and subsequently bought DiC, and then merged.
- Nightmare Fuel: According to a number of complaints filed by parents at the time the special was released, Lost in Paris was full of this to their children. It doesn't help that the movie features Madeline being lured from the old house to a sweatshop where she is forced to do labor.
- No Export for You: 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. Or, at least, that used to be true. As of 2015, they are all on DVD now.
- Madeline in Tahiti is available to buy on iTunes and Amazon and it can be watched on YouTube but it is not available in every country. It doesn't help that there isn't really much known about the movie.
- Moe: Moreso with the animated series than anything else.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In the animated series Chloe, Nicole, and Danielle get more focus and dialogue than any of the other girls aside from Madeline herself.
- The Woobie: All the orphan girls in Lost in Paris. Especially Fifi.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: My Fair Madeline had Whoopi Goldberg (yes, THAT Whoopi Goldberg) as Miss Clavel.