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DVD Reviews: Madeline and the Forty Thieves                                   Genre: Children's


The Final Say!

Review Score
7.9/10
Extras
0/10
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: November 2004
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 105 Minutes

 

 

 

 

This disc contains three episodes from the very popular Madeline series that is on ABC TV at the moment. It tells the tale of an old house where twelve little girls go to school and live, tended to by nuns. Our hero is Madeline, the smallest child.

Despite the simplistic animation featured on this DVD the kids will love the tales that are in it, and chances are that you will as well. It's pretty classy and the mannerisms of all the characters involved will endear you to them and give the show a certain something that I cannot put my finger on.

There are tales of magpies stealing clothes for the poor, a dog show where the girls defend the right of a dog to enter even when she is not a purebred animal and an entertaining ditty about an Easter Bonnet that flies off the head of a horse and into the door of a struggling designer.

Madeline is pure of heart and an instantly likeable character. Her offsider is Pepito, a boy from a nearby boy's school who often will team up with her on these adventures as they make their way through the small world that they inhabit.

One thing that I've noticed and I actually found it quite clever is that often you'll find that the children are actually rhyming quite often when they speak, it's done so subtly that it's something that you sort of notice when you are not paying attention to the show. There are different elements to the imagery as well that make it a lot of fun to watch.

I'd be happy recommending this disc for girls aged 2 to about 8 years of age. It's a lot of fun, highly entertaining and contains good moral content.

- Tory Favro

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