This extremely watchable movie for children is a wonderful addition to the repertoire of good children's films. Hatty Jones is a delight as Madeline and the other little girls are fun and expressive. The leap from book to movie is smooth and successful; the film includes many of the books' key elements and will thus be appreciated by Bemelmans' fans. There is more than enough action and humor to keep children interested from start to finish. Adults will be charmed by the film as well. Recommended for families who are looking for quality alternatives to Disney, Beethoven the dog, Charlotte's Web, etc.
I adore the original cartoon as well as Ludwigs Bemelman classic book series while growing up, that it took me 12 years after the fact to even consider watching the movie adaptation (keeping a high expectation in mind). The outcome is average- mediocre performances. Hattie Jones who played Madeline was a hit and miss... and to be honest not entirely convincing in her role. Pepito (my favorite character) was misrepresented as the troubling neighbor boy who was always up to tricks. From what I remember Madeline and Pepito were best friend not frenemies, and the ending conclusion where he "rescues" Madeline from clowns... the sillyness almost seems unbareable.