Fievel's American Tails

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Fievel's American Tails
Created by David Kirschner
Directed by Larry Jacobs
Voices of Phillip Glasser
Dom DeLuise
Susan Silo
Lloyd Battista
Cathy Cavadini
Dan Castellaneta
Gerrit Graham
Kenneth Mars
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production company(s) Amblin Television
Universal Cartoon Studios
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Original run September 12, 1992 (1992-09-12) – December 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)

Fievel's American Tails is an American/Canadian animated television series, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, Nelvana, and Universal Cartoon Studios. It aired for one season in 1992, and continued Fievel's adventures from the film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991).

In 1998 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island had Fievel mention a dream that his family moved out west and he became a famous gunslinger, implying that this series (and Fievel Goes West which preceded it) may have been a dream rather than true events. Alternatively the 3rd and 4th films may have been midquels and Fievel just ended up following the dream mentioned in them.

In 1993 and 1994, MCA/Universal Home Video released twelve episodes on six VHS video-cassettes, two Laserdisc volumes. These have been the only home video releases of the cartoon, at least in the United States. In the United Kingdom, 12 episodes were released on six video-cassettes in 1995, but were in a different episode order to the United States and Vol.4 features the only episode that hasn't been released in the United States. Episodes have been released on DVD in France, Germany, and Italy. Universal currently has no plans to release the show on DVD in the United States, as of November 19, 2009.

In Russia, the cartoon, dubbed in Russian but retaining the original English titles and names, was broadcast on First Channel Russian Television (Russian: ОРТ) in summer 1996 with Woody Woodpecker. Repeat airings were broadcast in Spring 2002 and Winter 2005. In Japan, the cartoon was dubbed into Japanese and aired on TBS from January 7, 1995 until March 25 of the same year, showing all the episodes weekly.

Don Bluth, the director of the original American Tail film, had no involvement with the series. Phillip Glasser and Dom DeLuise were the only two actors from the original film to reprise their roles, as Fievel and Tiger respectively. Cathy Cavadini, however, did reprise the role as Tanya, whom she voiced in the second film, taking over the role from Amy Green.

Episode list[edit]

13 half-hour episodes were produced: season 1

# Title Original airdate
1 "Fievel, the Lonesome Ranger" September 12, 1992 (1992-09-12)

All mice of the village are going to The Cheese Festival but Fievel misses the trip. Cats come to town searching mice but they capture Tiger. Fievel starts to think like The Lonesome Ranger and cats will be in trouble.

Note: This episode is the pilot episode beased on the became of the 1991 sequel to the first movie of An American Tail, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.
2 "Law and Disorder" September 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)
Fievel continuously got late for school because of many adventures with Tiger, so he is told not to meet Tiger anymore. Tiger has written to Miss Kitty and told her that he is a sheriff. Fievel must help him when Miss Kitty arrives to town.
3 "Little Mouse on the Prairie" September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)
Fievel wants to borrow his friend Jack's boomerang and it flies straight to Cat R. Waul's pocket. Fievel, his sisters and Tiger are going to get the boomerang back and they have a great adventure by the river.
4 "The Gift" October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
Papa is giving Fievel a gift, a violin. Unfortunately the violin breaks and Fievel must rebuild it to keep the accident a secret.
5 "A Case of the Hiccups" October 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)
A quack comes to town and he persuades Fievel to deliver candies to every mouse. Strange hiccups epidemic takes over the mice, except Fievel. Of course, the quack has the medicine to cure.
6 "The Legend of Mouse Hollow" October 17, 1992 (1992-10-17)
Chula has been developed the 'mouse packing machine'. The school stage play featuring Tanya is getting a big room full of mice. Fievel was very unhappy for a role he got, but his role turned out much more magnificent than thought when Cat R. Waul kidnaps the teacher and cancels the play and arranges the singing concert instead.
7 "The Babysitting Blues" October 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)
The photographer is coming to town, but Papa and Mama are not ready for a picture. They are leaving Fievel to babysit Yasha and here the adventure to avoid cats begins.
8 "The Lost Mother Lode" October 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)
The gold fever is taking over the mice. It is said that the old miner's ghost is guarding the real gold vein. Fievel and his friends are going to find that place, but Cat R. Waul is trying to fool the mice with the forgery treasure map.
9 "A Mouse Known as Zorrowitz" November 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)
The cheese delivery for next winter is coming to town. Unfortunately, Fievel brags that he knows about this matter and Chula hears that. Cat R. Waul wants to steal the cheese, but mysterious Zorrowitz appears to help.
10 "Mail Order Mayhem" November 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)
Mail order catalog temptates many mice and cats. Sweet William orders 'mouse slapper' and this weapon gets mice so afraid that they will make a request for the law servant. Clint Mousewood and Fievel get tough times for the cats.
11 "Aunt Sophie's Visit" November 21, 1992 (1992-11-21)
The mice are going to have a Rodeo, but Fievel cannot participate because aunt Sophie is coming to visit the Mousekewitzs. However, aunt Sophie turns out to be more straight than expected...
12 "That's What Friends Are For" November 28, 1992 (1992-11-28)
Because of misunderstanding Tiger thinks that he cannot be Fievel's friend. Cat R. Waul leaves the town and Chula becomes a friend of Fievel.
13 "Bell the Cats" December 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)
Fievel ties jingle bells to the cats' tails to inform mice where the cats are moving. Not such a good idea...




Series Debut[edit]

As of 2015, Coleman Clark Studios planned another series of An American Tail, because it became one of the first series of Fievel's American Tails. On March 18, 2015 the titled was comfirmed titled by Alvin Clark, "The Mousekewitz".


Executive Producer Steven Spielberg
Production Executives Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Production Consultant David Kirschner
Created by David Kirschner
Executive Story Editors Hank Saroyan
J.R. Young
Story Editors Sam Graham
Chris Hubbell
Produced by Michael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Clive A. Smith
Supervising Producer Stephen Hodgins
Line Producer Peter Hudecki
Directed by Lawrence Zelig Jacobs
Assistant Director Paul Riley
Voice Director Kelly Ward
Casting Maria Estrada
Production Supervisor Steve Chadwick
Production Manager Ruta Cube
Unit Director Claude Chiasson
Production Coordinators Jocelyn Hamilton
Mike DeMonna
Martina Moody
Designers Frank Nissen
Charles E. Bastien
Chuck Gammage
Ross Campbell
Kurt Lehner
Joe Goesslin
Robert Walton
Patrick Rowsome
Blayne Burnside
Steven K. Manning
Stephen Wood
Posers Lynn Reist
David Boudreau
Alan Knappett
Design Coordinator Patty Beausoleil
Layout Supervisor Tony Tarantini
Layouts Dale DesRochers
Ron Wilson
Chris Minz
Rob Sadler
Chad Hicks
Frank Ramirez
Brad Markewitz
Michel Daze
Storyboard Bob Smith
Raymond Jafelice
John Yee
John Flagg
Vince Natali
Andrea Robbins
Storyboard Cleanup Supervisor Dave Quensnelle
Storyboard Cleanup Rui Albino
Kurt Lehner
Color Designer Rebecca Barclay
Paint Supervisor Mary Bertoia
Backgrounds Kellie Jobson
Theme Song Written and Performed by Hank Saroyan
Robert Irving
Music by Milan Kymlicka
Supervising Editor Rob Kirkpatrick
Post Production Manager Lan Lamon
Supervising Sound Editor Steve Cole
Picture Editors Richard Bond
Karen Saunders
Evan Landis
Peter Riley
Supervising Pre-Production Editor Darrell MacDonald
Supervising Breakdown Editor Rick Dubiel
Recording and Transfer Technians Mike Reid
Richard Stobiel
Additional Production Facilities Wang Film Production Co. Ltd.
Bardel Animation Ltd.
The Hollywood Cartoon Company
Negative Cutting Services Catherine Rankin Productions
Laboratory Services Command Post and Transfer Corporation
Access Post Production Audio Inc.
The Filmhouse Group

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