Quickly, the wise old rabbit used his long, sharp teeth to gnaw through the ropes. Just as the footsteps were almost on top of them, Silver bit through the last strand and Pip was free! They scampered away as fast as their little legs could carry them.
Sad but true, the bad children are more interesting than the tender-hearted ones, at least in fiction. Despicable little girls are highlighted today in the interests of equal opportunity, horrid little boys having been the subject of a previous post.
So it's a pleasure to welcome \"Madeline,\" based on the series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, which have sold more than 15 million copies in the six decades since the first volume appeared. At a time when \"name recognition\" is a key factor in mass-audience entertainment, it's hard to think of a more widely known and trusted commodity than the time-tested saga of \"an old house in Paris all covered with vines\" where \"lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.\"
As innumerable kids could instantly tell you, those 12 little girls are the residents of a French school administered by Miss Clavel, their always orderly but frequently indulgent teacher. Madeline is the most venturesome of the pupils, known for her ability to shake up Miss Clavel with perilous stunts and unladylike antics. The movie has two intertwined story lines: a suspense tale involving a naughty neighbor who's kidnapped by his tutor, and Madeline's effort to save Miss Clavel's school after its wealthy owner decides to close it down. 59ce067264