Angelina Ballerina
Genre
Based onAngelina Ballerina book series
written by Katharine Holabird
illustrated by Helen Craig
Developed byBarbara Slade
Directed by
  • Roger McIntosh
  • Kitty Taylor
Voices of
ComposerColin Towns
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (39 segments)
+3 specials
Production
Executive producers
  • Kate Fawkes (Series 1)
  • Madeleine Warburg (Series 2)
ProducerGinger Gibbons
Running time15 minutes
55 minutes (specials)
4-5 minutes (Little Stars)
Production companies
Original release
NetworkITV (CITV)
Release4 May 2001 (2001-05-04) –
5 September 2006 (2006-09-05)
Related
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps

Angelina Ballerina is a British animated preschool children's television series based on the Angelina Ballerina series of children's books by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig. The series is about a young mouse named Angelina Mouseling who loves dancing ballet, her family, and her classmates. Finty Williams performed the voice of Angelina and her mother Judi Dench performed the voice of Miss Lilly.[1]

The show had 39 15-minute-long episodes, as well as three longer specials, which first aired from 2001 to 2006.[2] The series was produced by HIT Entertainment and Grand Slamm Children's Films. It aired on the CITV block of ITV in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the show was presented by Connecticut Public Television and distributed nationally by PBS Kids from 2002 to 2003; reruns continued on select stations through 2009, as well as on PBS Kids Sprout.

SD Entertainment and HIT Entertainment produced a CGI revival Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps which aired on Milkshake! from 2009 to 2010.

Characters

Episodes

Series overview

SeriesSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126134 May 2001 (2001-05-04)27 July 2001 (2001-07-27)
213710 May 2003 (2003-05-10)21 June 2003 (2003-06-21)
Films5330 November 2002 (2002-11-30)5 September 2006 (2006-09-05)

Series 1 (2001)

No. in
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No. in
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Title Original air date
11"Angelina in the Wings / Arthur the Butterfly"4 May 2001 (2001-05-04) (UK)/June 1, 2002 (US)

Angelina in the Wings: Director of Madame Zizi's Ballet Mr. Popoff is seeking a replacement Sunbeam dancer. Madame Zizi chooses Henry over Angelina who becomes an understudy. Angelina gets a place on stage when another replacement is required.

Arthur the Butterfly: Angelina finds and takes care of an injured butterfly she calls Arthur. Angelina traps Arthur inside a glass jar, and then Henry accidentally releases him. Later on, Angelina and Henry get trapped in a dark a hole, but Arthur summons help for them.
22"The Gift / Treasure Tandems"11 May 2001 (2001-05-11) (UK)/June 8, 2002 (US)

The Gift: On Christmas Eve, Angelina receives a hand-painted gift from Miss Lilly. However, Angelina is unhappy that the gift she made for Miss Lilly is "not good enough", but Miss Lilly is absolutely flattered by Angelina's hand-painted Christmas gift.

Treasure Tandems: Angelina and Alice take part in a treasure hunt tandem race, avoiding the Pinkpaw twins' cheating attempts. As Angelina and Alice rescue the twins, Henry and William win the race.
33"Angelina at the Fair / The Ballet Tickets"18 May 2001 (2001-05-18) (UK)/June 15, 2002 (US)

Angelina at the Fair: Angelina reluctantly takes Henry to the fair with her friends. Poor Henry is upset when he wants a blue ballon and wants to go on the Merry go round which makes Angelina grumpy.

The Ballet Tickets: Alice and Angelina miss their chance to get tickets to the ballet dance and their efforts to find a way all fail. But Angelina's father has a big surprise for the both of them.
44"Midnight Muddle / Miss Lilly is Leaving"25 May 2001 (2001-05-25) (UK)/June 22, 2002 (US)

Midnight Muddle: A prank from Sammy gets him in trouble after Angelina accidentally ruins Mrs. Hodgepodge's prize cauliflower. Angelina, ridden with guilt, confesses and both Angelina and Sammy make it up to Mrs. Hodgepodge when she makes them work.

Miss Lilly is Leaving: Alice and Angelina hear rumours that Miss Lilly is leaving Mouseland to teach at another dance school. The ballet mice try to ensure Miss Lilly stays, bearing gifts and dancing, but Miss Lilly tells them that she is leaving only for the weekend.
55"Miss Lilly Comes To Dinner / Lucky Penny"2 June 2001 (2001-06-02) (UK)/June 29, 2002 (US)

Miss Lilly Comes To Dinner: Miss Lilly is coming to dinner at Angelina's cottage and Angelina wants everything to be perfect to impress her after a talk with the twins. Angelina makes Corn Royal for Miss Lilly but when everything doesn’t go to plan Angelina is upset.

Lucky Penny: Angelina comes across a coin she thinks is a Lucky Penny, helping her regain confidence and neglect her dance practice. Then she loses the coin, but she harnesses enough self-confidence to do the dance perfectly for her audition.
66"Angelina the Mouse Detective / Angelina and Grandma"9 June 2001 (2001-06-09) (UK)/July 6, 2002 (US)

Angelina the Mouse Detective: Garden gnomes are being stolen in Mouseland. Inspired by Monty the Mouse Detective, Angelina becomes a detective. At first, she finds nothing, but she soon discovers that Mrs. Hodgepodge is secretly mending the stolen garden gnomes.

Angelina and Grandma: Mr. and Mrs. Mouseling leave Angelina in the care of her grandparents, but Angelina tears Miss Lilly's old tutu and Grandma is too busy planning her friend Mrs. Twinkle's birthday party to mend it. When Grandpa accidentally ruins the cake by leaving it in the rain Grandma blames Angelina and sents her to her room so she runs away but when Grandpa tells Grandma it was him who left the cake in the rain she gets upset when she finds out she was rotten to Angelina and makes up to her.
77"Two Mice In A Boat / The Costume Ball"16 June 2001 (2001-06-16) (UK)/July 13, 2002 (US)

Two Mice In A Boat: Angelina is taking part in a boat decorating contest, but has Sammy as her partner. Their idea for a Pirate-Princess galleon does not work, but at the parade they win the teamwork prize.

The Costume Ball: Angelina is disappointed that she cannot join the adults at The Costume Ball. Mrs. Hodgepodge is babysitting her and Alice, as she is the only adult in Mouseland who is not going to The Costume Ball. Alice and Angelina decide to disguise themselves as an adult to attend the costume ball but while Angelina wants to dance, Alice just wants some food. Sadly they both get caught by there parents and Mrs. Hodgepodge brands them as “Naughty Little Runaways”. As punishment, they are made to clean up the Hall and eat cabbage jelly sandwiches the following morning.
88"The Legend of Big Paw / The Ballerina Rag Doll"23 June 2001 (2001-06-23) (UK)/July 20, 2002 (US)

The Legend of Big Paw: On a camping trip, Angelina ventures with Henry into the dense forest, hoping to recover Grandpa's war medal. They become lost and see signs that look like the legendary Big Paw until they are met by Colonel Forthfoot.

The Ballerina Rag Doll: Angelina gives away her old rag doll Polka, but later she really wants her toy of memories back. While teaching a preschool class how to dance, she realises that the new owner Mary needs it more.
99"The Cheese Ball Cup Final / Angelina and Anya"30 June 2001 (2001-06-30) (UK)/July 27, 2002 (US)

The Cheese Ball Cup Final: William Longtail decides to give up ballet lessons after being teased by Sammy and prepares for The Cheese Ball Cup Final. William is then forced to counter a tough team, but with a little ballet he wins the game and returns to ballet class.

Angelina and Anya: A new Chipping Cheddar resident called Anya is introduced and quickly befriends Angelina. However, Anya is ostracised by Sammy Watts and the Pinkpaw twins for prejudicial reasons. Angelina clears Anya's name and helps her to fit in with the other mouselings.
1010"Angelina's Surprise / The Rose Fairy Princess"6 July 2001 (2001-07-06) (UK)/ August 3, 2002 (US)

Angelina's Surprise: Prickled by the attention the Pinkpaws are getting for their newborn brother, Angelina fibs she's going to have one too. She has great difficulty confessing but finally does when she thinks the Pinkpaws' party is all about her new baby sister.

The Rose Fairy Princess: Miss Lilly chooses Angelina to be The Rose Fairy Princess, but Angelina is nervous about the flying stunt. Determined not to let Miss Lilly down, Angelina goes along with the stunt and overcomes her fear.
1111"Alice's Present / No Match for Angelina"13 July 2001 (2001-07-13) (UK)/ August 10, 2002 (US)

Alice's Present: Alice gives Angelina a new gym bag, but when she mislays it, Alice thinks Angelina gave it away and doesn't appreciate her and the two friends fall out, until Henry finds the bag and Angelina and Alice make up.

No Match for Angelina: Angelina is a skilled hockey player, but girls are disallowed in the team. Angelina joins the team as a boy named Andy. Despite her cover blown, Angelina still makes her winning shot for the team.
1212"Angelina's Valentine / The Royal Banquet"20 July 2001 (2001-07-20) (UK)/August 17, 2002 (US)

Angelina's Valentine: Today is Valentine's Day. William Longtail is too shy to give Angelina a Valentine card, so Sammy Watts tricks William just to get Angelina's yo-yo. Angelina finds that she's been duped and takes back the yo-yo and sends William her own Valentine's card.

The Royal Banquet: Miss Lilly takes Angelina to dance for Queen Seraphina and Princess Valentine. Unfortunately, they soon get lost after their train breaks down, but Doctor Tuttle rescues them in his balloon and they reach the palace ready for the grand banquet.
1313"The Gymnastics Championship / Angelina's Baby Sister"27 July 2001 (2001-07-27) (UK)/August 24, 2002 (US)

The Gymnastics Championship: Alice is selected for a Gymnastics Championship. Alice gets vertigo attacks and is up against Phunella, the Pinkpaw twins' cousin. Motivated by Olga Mousicovich, Alice plucks her courage and wins first prize.

Angelina's Baby Sister: Angelina now has a baby sister named Polly, but her parents are too preoccupied with Polly to give Angelina attention and are quite disorganized. Angelina then becomes jealous, frustrated, neglected and upset, and starts whining and crying as usual, and goes as far as to destroying her room out of jealousy because she feels like her family doesn't care about her anymore. The whole Mouseling family tries to solve this problem so that Angelina can love and accept her new sister.

Series 2 (2003)

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Title Original air date
141"The Proposal / William the Conjuror"10 May 2003 (2003-05-10)

The Proposal: Angelina thinks that Miss Lilly is going to marry Ivor Operatski. While trying to stop the proposal, she nearly gets him drowned. Miss Lilly then reveals that Angelina is the leading bridesmaid for Ivor Operatski's new dance.

William the Conjuror: William is prompted by his father to star as a magician for a charity event. When he practices the disappearing trick on Angelina, he and Henry believe that she has disappeared for real. Angelina shows up in time to begin her performance with William Longtail.
152"The Old Oak Tree / Lights, Camera, Action"17 May 2003 (2003-05-17)

The Old Oak Tree: A 300-year-old oak tree has meant a lot to Angelina and her friends. When Priscilla Pinkpaw breaks her left arm from falling out of the tree, Mrs. Pinkpaws insists that the tree has to be removed forever. In response, Angelina and her friends attempt to save it, but by the last minute, the tree collapses by itself before becoming a wooden playground.

Lights, Camera, Action: Angelina and her friends start up a film based on Thomasina Tuttle, using Doctor Tuttle's video camera. Angelina becomes bossy, then falls down a hole. Her friends rescue her—all the while filming, which wins them an award.
163"Ace Reporter / Heads and Tails"24 May 2003 (2003-05-24)

Ace Reporter: With no holiday available, Angelina works with her father at the press. She gets into the reporter business and after some effort, she picks up a scoop from the opera singer Maria Mozzarella.

Heads and Tails: Preparations for Queen Seraphina's visit are made. Disaster strikes when Louis and Maurice break the Queen's statue. Thinking Henry broke it, Alice and Angelina try to mend it. At the unveiling of the statue, Queen Seraphina is flattered.
174"Angelina and the Silver Locket / Mouse of the Year"31 May 2003 (2003-05-31)

Angelina and the Silver Locket: Angelina has to bring Polly to Miss Lilly's dance party. Angelina takes her mother's silver locket without asking her. She then loses the necklace and fails to find it. She is on the verge of confessing, when she finds that Polly had the silver locket all along.

Mouse of the Year: Angelina wants Miss Lilly to be dedicated as Mouse of the Year. Miss Lilly gets so preoccupied with preparations for the award, that her dance class is in disarray. Miss Lilly turns down the award for her class' sake and Angelina feels upset about it.
185"Henry's Halloween / Anya's Visit"7 June 2003 (2003-06-07)

Henry's Halloween: Henry spots what he thinks is The Chipping Cheddar Witch. Henry and William follow the witch, then Henry winds up with a few mishaps frightening Angelina and Alice and they all realize the witch is actually Miss Lilly.

Anya's Visit: Anya comes for a visit as she wants to stay in Angelina's cottage. Angelina soon becomes jealous of Anya as she is getting better attention. She then snaps at her and Anya stays away from her. Eventually the duo get together again and enjoy themselves.
196"Show and Tell / Sammy's Club"14 June 2003 (2003-06-14)

Show and Tell: Angelina brings Polly to school for her Show and Tell with Ms. Chalk. But on her way into class, Angelina loses Polly and she begins to worry. However, Sammy Watts manages to find Polly for Angelina just in time for Show and Tell.

Sammy's Club: William wants to be part of Sammy's club. He gains acceptance when Sammy is in need of a new trolley from Mr. Longtail. He ends up letting Angelina and Miss Lilly down, but his and Sammy's lot make up for it.
207"The Anniversary Party"21 June 2003 (2003-06-21)
The Anniversary Party: Tomorrow is Angelina's grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. Grandma is unhappy that her husband is going to forget the event. Angelina tries to sort it out, but she ends up neglecting her dance practice. However, Grandpa has a nice surprise for his wife, Sophia.

Films (2002–2006)

No. Title Original air date
S1"The Show Must Go On/Christmas In Mouseland"30 November 2002 (2002-11-30)
The Cinderella Mouse Ballet is showing in the Theatre Royal, directed by Ivor Operatski (guest star Sir Derek Jacobi), a rather strict director. Priscilla Pinkpaw gets the main part but not Angelina because she cannot sing very well. Distraught that her rival is Cinderella Mouse while she is the Wicked Stepmouse, Angelina tries to prove to Mr. Operatski that she can do it, but without success, so Angelina storms off in a fit of temper. Meanwhile, Henry is unable to withstand Mr. Operatski's angry demands. A sledging accident results in Miss Lilly's ankle broken. Ashamed of her selfishness, Angelina manages to get the show back on track, with Ivor Operatski having a change of heart. Angelina gives it her best shot as the Wicked Stepmouse, resulting in a spectacular performance.
S2"Angelina's Princess Dance"6 September 2005 (2005-09-06)
Miss Lilly has an exciting opportunity to take Angelina and her class to the Queen Seraphina's Castle for a grand performance, with Angelina as the director and Sammy in charge of special effects. Queen Seraphina also wants Angelina to let her daughters Valentine and Sophie participate in the dance, but Valentine and Sophie are not talented dancers and quite demanding. Things come to a head when the princesses' and Angelina's demands become overwhelming. However, the sisters realise their mistakes and make it up to Angelina and the rest of the dance class. The show commences wonderfully with a surprise appearance of Princess Phoebe.
S3"Angelina Sets Sail/All Dancers On Deck"5 September 2006 (2006-09-05)
Miss Lilly has a wonderful surprise to take Angelina and her class to (fictional) Dacovia for Ivor Operatski's Ice Fairy Princess performance. On the five-day journey on board the Royal Stilton, Angelina sympathises for Miss Lilly's nephew Yuri being pushed around by the captain and in his love for the captain's daughter. Angelina carries out a plan to resolve this, but only gets Yuri into trouble. When a storm comes, the ship gets wedged between two very big icebergs. To make matters worse, the Pinkpaw twins have broken the radio. The dance performance takes place on the ship instead, but Angelina eventually gets an idea that enables the ship to get back on course and gets Yuri a well-deserved appreciation from the captain. They arrive at Dacovia in time for Ivor Operatski's Ice Fairy Princess performance.

Release

Hit Entertainment UK/US DVD and VHS releases

Reception

At Indie Awards in 2004, the first episode in season 2 "The Proposal" was named the winner of Best Animation category.[3]

Other media

Merchandise

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Revivals

SD Entertainment and HIT Entertainment produced a new CGI series called Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps which ran from September 5, 2009 to November 13, 2010.[4] The series is about Angelina going to a performing arts school. The series was criticized by fans of the original for the redesign or removal of several characters including the setting and format, among other things.[5]

In October 2015, during the MIPCOM, Mattel, and 9 Story Media Group announced a long-term business alliance for a second revival of Angelina Ballerina, intended to air in 2017 alongside a revival of fellow HIT Entertainment program Barney & Friends.[6] However, neither came to fruition.

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 83. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 12. ISBN 9781476672939.
  3. ^ Jan Page (26 January 2015). "Angelina Ballerina - Indie Awards 2004" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  4. ^ "All-New CG Animated Series For Angelina Ballerina". Animation World Network. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (TV Series 2008–2010)", IMDb, retrieved 13 December 2020
  6. ^ Vlessing, Etan (6 October 2015). "MIPCOM: 'Barney & Friends' Set for Relaunch by Mattel, 9 Story". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 March 2022.