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Angelina Ballerina
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Created by: Katharine Holabird
Helen Craig
Directed by: Roger McIntosh
Kitty Taylor
Starring: Finty Williams
Judi Dench
Jo Wyatt
Keith Wickham
Adrienne Posta
Rob Rackstraw
Composer(s): Colin Towns
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons: 2
No. of episodes: 39 (+3 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s): Ginger Gibbons
Production company(s): PBS Kids
Distributor: HIT Entertainment
Lyrick Studios
9 Story Media Group
Broadcast
Original channel: CITV (UK)
PBS Kids (US, 2002-2008)
TVO Kids (Canada)
Noggin (US, 2003-2010)
Nick Jr. (US, 2009-2010)
Picture format: 720p (16:9 SDTV)
Original run: 4 May 2002 – 5 September 2006
External links
Website

Angelina Ballerina is a British animated 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 Angelina Mouseling, a young mouse who loves to dance ballet, and her family and classmates. Finty Williams performed the voice of Angelina, and her real-life mother Judi Dench performed the voice of Miss Lilly, her ballet teacher.

The show had 40 fifteen-minute episodes, as well as three longer specials, which first aired in 2002, 2005 and 2006. The series was produced by HIT Entertainment in the United Kingdom. It aired on PBS in the United States and CITV in the United Kingdom, where it was presented by Connecticut Public Television; and can currently be seen on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom, Sprout in the United States (but no longer on Noggin or Nick Jr.) and ABC in Australia (27 May 2002 – 6 May 2012).

CharactersEdit

  • Angelina Jeanette Mouseling (Voiced by Finty Williams) – A feisty and bit of a drama queen, quiet little mouseling who loves to dance and dreams of becoming a famous prima ballerina. She often wears a pink leotard, tutu, vest, no panties, hair ribbon, and ballet slippers.
  • Miss Lilly Mouseakova (Voiced by Judi Dench) – Angelina's ballet teacher. She grew up in Dacovia, which is a far away land from Mouseland. She is sometimes mentioned in the TV series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, and a picture of her is seen at Angelina's new dancing school.
  • Alice Bridgette Nimbletoes (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) – Angelina's best friend, who is very skilled at gymnastics. She often wears a green leotard, tutu, vest, no panties, hair ribbon, and ballet slippers. She has a very big appetite. She also appears in the TV series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps.
  • William John Longtail (Voiced by Keith Wickham) – One of two boys in Miss Lilly's ballet class. In one of the episodes, it is shown that he has a crush on Angelina.
  • Mr. Longtail (Voiced by Keith Wickham) – William's father who works as a cab driver and praises his son for any efforts he tries to make, especially if it is his first time.
  • Priscilla and Penelope Pinkpaws (Voiced by Jonell Elliott and Jo Wyatt) – Twin sisters who tease and belittle nearly everyone, including each other. They are particularly jealous of Angelina for her dancing talent. Priscilla wears lilac leotards, tutus, no panties, and pointe shoes and wears a purple hair ribbon, and Penelope wears a purple leotard, tutu, no panties and ballet slippers, but wears a lilac hair ribbon. They also have a baby brother in the episodes Angelina's Surprise and The Ballet Tickets.
  • Felicity – One of Angelina's dance class mates. Wears a sky blue bow.
  • Flora – Another of Angelina's dance class mates. Wears a yellow bow.
  • Samuel "Sammy" Watts (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) – One of Angelina's classmates in school, who often causes trouble for William and Angelina particularly but has a heart of gold.
  • Spike – One of Sammy's friends, who is prone to blab events.
  • Mr. Maurice Mouseling (Voiced by Keith Wickham) – Angelina and Polly's father and the proprietor of the Mouseland Gazette. In "Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps" Maurice works for the Mouseland Herald which requires him, Matilda, Angelina, and Polly to move to the other side of Chipping Cheddar.
  • Mrs. Matilda Fielding Mouseling (Voiced by Jonell Elliott) – Angelina and Polly's mother. Her maiden surname is Fielding. She has a sister Amanda, who has a son.
  • Polly Anne Mouseling – The youngest daughter of Maurice and Matilda and the little sister of Angelina. Polly is an infant with brown fur and often wears a pink dress. In the TV series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, Polly is 4 years old with white fur instead of brown and she wears a blue jumper with a yellow T-shirt.
  • Grandma Sophia Mouseling and Grandpa Jeffrey Mouseling (Voiced by Adrienne Posta and Keith Wickham) – Angelina, Polly, and Henry's grandparents and Maurice and Louis's parents. They are sometimes mentioned in Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps.
  • Uncle Louis Mouseling (Voiced by Rob Rackstraw) – Maurice's brother, Angelina and Polly's uncle, Matilda's brother-in-law, and Henry's father.
  • Aunt Petra Mouseling (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) – Uncle Louis' wife, Angelina and Polly's aunt, Maurice's sister-in-law, and Henry's mother.
  • Cousin Henry Tyler Mouseling (Voiced by Jo Wyatt) – Angelina and Polly's cousin, Petra and Louis' son, and Matilda and Maurice's nephew.
  • Mrs. Harriet Hodgepodge (Voiced by Finty Williams) – Angelina and Polly's next door neighbour who does not like dancing. She always appears grumpy and is viewed with fear by most of the Chipping Cheddar mouselings, but occasionally helps the mouselings often when they least expect it.
  • Doctor Tuttle (Voiced by Keith Wickham) – The doctor in the town of Chipping Cheddar.
  • Ms. Quaver – Miss Lilly's pianist, who plays the piano during dance classes.
  • Mr. Ivor Operatski (Voiced by Derek Jacobi) – An old friend of Miss Lilly's and a stern choreographer. Angelina is convinced (wrongly, as it turns out) that he hates mouselings.
  • Queen Seraphina – A childhood friend of Miss Lilly's and the current Queen of Mouseland.
  • Princess Valentine – Queen Seraphina's middle daughter.
  • Anya Mousezauski – A shy mouse who comes to Chipping Cheddar as part of a migrant family from Dacovia working through the harvest season. She has ears of unalike color which Sammy and the Pinkpaws twins make fun of. She befriends Angelina and Alice and later joins Miss Lilly's ballet class when she returns to Chipping Cheddar for a visit.
  • Mrs. Pinkpaws is the mother of the twins Priscilla and Penelope and their baby brother. She appears in a couple of episodes. She has a Southern Aristocracy accent and wears a lot of jewelery.
  • Ms. Chalk – A teacher in Angelina's class at school and can be both strict and fair to her pupils.
  • Mrs. Thimble – The elderly kind hearted store owner.
  • Mr. Ratchett – A builder and crane driver.
  • Ms. Twitchett – A gentle old lady who loves wrapping things.

BroadcastEdit

Angelina Ballerina aired on PBS Kids from May 4, 2002 to September 1, 2008 and American children's channel Noggin (now Nick Jr.) from January 13, 2003 until September 27, 2009 when Noggin was re-branded as Nick Jr. and continued to rerun until December 31, 2010. It was moved to Sprout as part of The Good Night Show until June 13, 2011. Angelina Ballerina no longer airs in the United States, as the networks make room for two-newer shows to take its place.

EpisodesEdit

Main article: List of Angelina Ballerina episodes

DVD releasesEdit

  • Meet Angelina Ballerina (2002) (The Ballet Tickets, Two Mice in a Boat)
  • Angelina Ballerina: Friends Forever (2002) (Ballerina Rag Doll, Angelina's Surprise, Arthur the Butterfly, Alice's Present)
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Magic of Dance (William the Conjurer, Angelina and Grandma, Miss Lilly Comes to Dinner)
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Dance of Friendship (2004) (Angelina and Anya, Alice's Present)
  • Angelina Ballerina: All Dancers on Deck / Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Sets Sail (2005)
  • Angelina Ballerina: Angelina And The Sleeping Beauties / Angelina Ballerina: Princess Dance (2005)
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Big Performance (2005) (The Royal Banquet, Angelina the Mouse Detective, Angelina's Baby Sister, The Costume Ball)
  • Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Follows Her Dreams (2007)

CGI seriesEdit

In August 2009, WNET announced that they were working on a new CGI series called Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. The series is about Angelina going to a performing arts school. The series debuted on September 5, 2009.

RevivalEdit

At the October 2016 MIPCOM, HIT Entertainment, Mattel, and 9 Story Media Group announced a deal for a 2017 revival of Angelina Ballerina along with Barney & Friends.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "MIPCOM: 'Barney & Friends' Set for Relaunch by Mattel, 9 Story", The Hollywood Reporter, October 6, 2015. Retrieved on April 7, 2017. 

External linksEdit


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