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American Girl History Lesson: Angelina Ballerina

AGDN reader moorlandflower found an old American Girl History Lesson I did on Hopscotch Hill School dolls from 2018. Moorlandflower suggested that I'd do a post that I promised three years ago yet never did: a post about American Girl's Angelina Ballerina line! So, it's time to do a deep dive into this obscure doll line three years in the making!


I'm sure some of my older followers know about the Angelina Ballerina character. I remember she had her own book series and a show on PBS Kids, but I'm not sure if any of my younger followers know about Angelina Ballerina. Today we'll learn about her- and the surprising American Girl connection she has.


The Angelina Ballerina series started in 1983 and is about a fictional mouse, Angelina Jeanette Mouseling, who is training to become a ballerina. American Girl licensed the line in 2001 and started publishing the book series, as well as releasing small mouse dolls and other toys.


The 4 dolls released were Angelina, Angelina's friend Alice, brother Henry and baby sister Polly. Angelina and Alice came with books, Henry came with a "stage costume" and Polly came with a pram. Prices varied.


The line was sold to Target in 2004, and thus all the American Girl products retired.


Ironically, Mattel (AG's parent company) now owns Angelina Ballerina, as Hit Entertainment, the company that eventually bought the rights to Angelina Ballerina after Target, was purchased by Mattel in 2011. Hit was folded into Mattel Creations, the company behind the WellieWishers cartoon, in 2016.


Not much information is available on American Girl's Angelina Ballerina, but I still hope you enjoyed this post!





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Katharine Holabird
Katharine Holabird
26 sept. 2023

Greetings all, I’m Katharine Holabird, the author of the Angelina Ballerina books. Thank you for the nice comments! I remember all the beautiful toys and merchandise AG created for Angelina - there was a lovely play house with furniture, and lots of imaginative clothing and accessories for the dolls. It was all magical, and I was very sad when AG was sold and their gorgeous Angelina world was discontinued. I hope it will come back someday🥰

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I agree! I worked in the call center for AG in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for 5 seasons! Believe me! We were all devastated when she sold out to Matte! from what I understand she regrets her decision

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AGDollHouseVibes
AGDollHouseVibes
19 oct. 2021

2006-2010 kids remember this show! I loved this when I was like, 4-5. I believe it was on Netflix for a while. Do you guys know if it's still on Netflix?

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It's on Amazon Prime and on Youtube, both the original animated and the next steps cgi.

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I remember the show, but I had no idea that AG started her!

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AGDollHouseVibes
AGDollHouseVibes
19 oct. 2021
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I know! Crazy right?

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hocuspocusdolls
hocuspocusdolls
16 oct. 2021

Omgosh!! I literally haven't thought about Angelina Ballerina in ages, but I loved her so much!

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I have a lot of the AG original items for sale! My daughter never played with the dolls only the nitty baby, so they are in pristine condition! Please, if interested reach out to me at llknaack61@yahoo.com! I’m in California

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There was also a biweekly Angelina Ballerina Fairy Tales magazine that wasn't affiliated with AG. It was available only in England and Australia I think. The coolest part was that each issue featured a different legend or fairy tale and also came with a real costume for the Angelina stuffy - although they made their own Angelina mouse that was slightly smaller than the AG version. They fit the smaller HIT Angelina mice.


I always wish that they had made a Miss Lilly. She had the best clothes in the books.

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