Madeline (special)

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Madeline is a 1989 Animated Children's Television Special based on the Book of the same title by Ludwig Bemelmans. It features Christopher Plummer as the Narrator. It was written, produced, animated, edited and directed by Award winner D.B. Sweeney. The Special won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.



Directed by Stephan Martiniere, David Silverman and D.B. Sweeney

Executive Producers Andy Heyward, Richard Rosen, Saul Cooper, Pancho Kohner, Walt Disney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Jerry Juhl, James L. Brooks, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, David Silverman, Matt Groening, Sam Simon, Joe Ranft, Pete Doctor, Roy E. Disney, Kent Butterworth, John Musker, Ron Clements, Judy Rothman Rofe, William Joyce, Michael Maliani, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Tony Geiss, Judy Freudberg, Joey Mazzarino, Jane Nebel Henson, Jon Stone, Richard Sakai, Thomas Halleen, Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Robby London, Jim Reardon, Mark Kirkland, Don Hahn, Stan Phillips, Jon Vitti, George Meyer, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Conan O'Brien, Don Payne, Billy Kimball, Jonathan Collier, Ned Goldreyer, Kevin Curran, Tim Long, Lance Kramer, Robin Williams, Larry Doyle, Carolyn Omine, Stephanie Gillis, Dave Goelz, Greg Daniels, David Mirkin, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, Matt Warburton, Dan Greaney, John Frink, Dana Gould, J. Michael Mendel, Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, John Swartzwelder, Jeffery Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin, Michael Carrington, Marc Wilmore, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Susan Amerikaner, Betty G. Birney, Kevin Clash, Rich Moore, Wes Archer, Steve Tompkins, J. Stewart Burns, Jay Kogen, Wallace Wolodarsky, Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jeff Martin, David X. Cohen, Ub Iwerks, Brian Henson, Dick Van Dyke and D.B. Sweeney

Co Executive Producers Harvey Fierstein, Ron Hauge, Jim Reardon, Mark Kirkland, Richard Sakai, Michael Jeter, Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, John Hughes, Larina Adamson, Tim Conway and Don Knotts

Produced by Cassandra Schafhausen, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Michael J. Fox, D.B. Sweeney, Walt Disney, Tim Conway, Don Knotts, George Meyer, Jon Vitti, Denise Sirkot, Jace Richdale, David Sacks and John Swartzwelder.

Co Producers Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Nathan Lane, Richard Appel, Bonita Pietila, Ken Keeler, Deb Lacusta, Shelley Zellman, Michael Price, Susie Dietter, Lauren MacMullan, Lance Kramer, Richard Raynis, Joel H. Cohen, Dan Castellaneta, Brian Kelley, Tom Grammill and Max Pross, Steven Dean Moore, Rowby Goren, Steve Pepoon, Frank Mula, Rob LaZebnik, Donick Cary, Brent Forrester, Colin A.B.V. Lewis and Gregg Vanzo

Written by D.B. Sweeney

Additional Sequence Directors Neil Affleck, Bob Anderson, Mike B. Anderson, Wes Archer, Carlos Baeza, Brad Bird, Don Bluth, James L. Brooks, Tim Burton, Kent Butterworth, Chris Clements, Ron Clements, Susie Dietter, Mark Ervin, Matthew Faughnan, Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Goldman, Marsha Goodman, Matt Groening, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Norman Jewison, Jen Kamerman, Mark Kirkland, Lance Kramer, Stanley Kramer, Nancy Kruse, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Jeffery Lynch, Lauren MacMullan, Michael Marcantel, Steven Markowski, Pete Michels, Rich Moore, Steven Dean Moore, John Musker, Matthew Nastuk, Rob Oliver, Frank Oz, Raymond S. Persi, Stan Phillips, Dominic Polcino, Michael Polcino, Jim Reardon, Swinton O. Scott III, Chuck Sheetz, Ralph Sosa, Steven Spielberg and Gregg Vanzo

Music Composed by Joe Raposo and Alan Menken

Conducted by Danny Elfman

Lyrics by Judy Rothman Rofe, Joe Raposo and Howard Ashman

Vice President of Creative Affairs Robby London

Executive in Charge of Production Richard Raynis

Assisted by Bonnie Vitti

Consultants John Swartzwelder, Bill Canterbury, David X. Cohen, George Meyer and Jon Vitti

Executive in Charge of Production Managment Winnie Chaffee

Assisted by Dawn Jackson

Supervising Associate Producer John O'Sullivan Francis, Jr

Production Coordinator Andrea Sachs

Production Assistants Georgio Piani, Benjamine Joesph McBride, Rebecca Ann McBride, Hatsue Abe, Kazuko Yamamoto, Minoru Terao, Dan Castellaneta and Richard Appel

Voice Directors Marsha Goodman and D.B. Sweeney

Talent Coordinator Paul F. Quinn

Recording Assistants Helen Asimakis, Madeline Bascom, Rick Dempsey and Jeff Martin

Sound Engineer Don Dickson

Storyboards by Christian Choquet, D.B. Sweeney, Joe Ranft, Matt Groening, Jim Reardon, Frank Oz, Steven Dean Moore and Sam Simon

Characters and Background Designs Stephan Martiniere, Nicole Pascals, D.B. Sweeney, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnson, Marc Davis, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks

Color Backgrounds Kathtyn Yelsa, Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Juhl

Color Key Allyn Conley, Lance Kramer, Nancy Kruse and Brian Henson

Animators Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Juhl, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnson, Marc Davis, Les Clark, Wolfgang Reitherman, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Eric Goldberg, Glen Keane, Eric Larson, Ward Kimball, John Lounsbery, Ron Cobb, Milt Kahl, D.B. Sweeney, Joe Ranft, John Lasseter, Norman McLaren, Frans Vischer, Bruce W. Smith, Stephan Anderson, Matt Groening, Sam Simon, Kent Butterworth, Bob Anderson, Mike B. Anderson, Ub Iwerks and David Silverman

Inbetweeners Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Bill Melendez, Fred Astle, Rich Moore, Jim Reardon, Bill Peet, Rebecca Astle and Pete Doctor

Cel Painters Phyllis Barnhart, Marcellite Garner, D.B. Sweeney, Jim Henson, Ron Cobb and Frank Oz

Special Processes by Ub Iwerks

Executive in Charge of Post Production Thierry P. Laurin

Assisted by Kimberly Cronin

Suervising Sound Editor Richard Bruce Elliott

Format Editors Lars Floden, Susan L. Vovski and Al Jean

Dialogue Editors Richard S. Gannon, Gregory K. Bowron, Michelle R. Rochester, Robert T. Gillies, Elvida Abella and James Horner

Supervising Music Editors Stuart Goetz and Frank Oz

Music Editors Peter Collier and George Probert

Sound Effects by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Found Fx

Foley Artists Vanessa Ament, Jimmy MacDonald, D.B. Sweeney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Juhl, Wayne Allwine and Jenny Lee-Wright

Re-Recording Engineer Jim Kodson

Videotape Supervisors Phil R. Defibaugh, Kim Beresford, Rebecca Astle and Mike Reiss

Supervising Sound Engineer Michael J. Cown

Assistant Editors Donald P. Zappala, Karen Rosenbloom and David X. Cohen

Post Production Coodinators Firooz Adelamini, Mark A. Tracy and Bill Canterbury

Produced in Association with Children's Television Workshop and Hi Tops Video


D.B. Sweeney wanted to do Animated Adaptations of the Madeline Books since he was a Child. In 1968, Ludwig Bemelmans successfully brought the rights to Walt Disney. When he was 13, Sweeney began writing a Script for a Television Special titled "Madeline" from School Holidays in 1973 to Christmas in 1974.

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