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The Madeline Movie – Lost In Paris (2010/Shout! Factory Kids DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Main Program: C+



Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline first appeared in 1952 as an animated short from the great UPA Studios (Mr. Magoo), but a series sadly did not develop as a result.  37 years later, she made her TV debut, animated again, and this time she took hold as a franchise.  21 years later still, The Madeline Movie – Lost In Paris (2010) arrives and at 75 minutes, it is the first feature-length film based on the character.


A charming, child-friendly, child safe affair, the title character heroine lives in an orphanage and a man (voiced by Jason Alexander) promises her a better life and takes her away, but she is not as happy and decides the friends she left behind are her only real family.  It is a simple story and one we have seen in Shirley Temple films, the Madeline books going back 70 years and other places in such fiction aimed particularly at young ladies in their pre-teens, but this is nicely done and not bad for what it is and the participation of Lauren Bacall and Christopher Plummer adding their voices are a plus.


The 1.33 X 1 image is clean and on the colorful side, with only minor detail issues and a good print, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is a newer recording that is not harsh or overdone.  Music sounds good too.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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