Fievel's American Tails
|Fievel's American Tails|
|Created by||David Kirschner|
|Directed by||Larry Jacobs|
|Voices of||Phillip Glasser
|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 run||September 12, 1992– December 5, 1992|
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.
13 half-hour episodes were produced: season 1
|1||"Fievel, the Lonesome Ranger"||September 12, 1992|
|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.|
|2||"Law and Disorder"||September 19, 1992|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Fievel ties jingle bells to the cats' tails to inform mice where the cats are moving. Not such a good idea...|
- Gerrit Graham previously worked with David Kirschner on Child's Play 2 and Steven Spielberg on Used Cars.
|This section requires expansion. (June 2008)|
- Fievel Mousekewitz: A little mouse.
- Tanya Mousekewitz: Fievel's older sister.
- Yasha Mousekewitz: Fievel's baby sister.
- Papa Mousekewitz: Fievel's father.
- Mama Mousekewitz: Fievel's mother.
- Cat R. Waul: Fievel's nemesis.
- Sweet William: Fievel's other nemesis.
- Slim and Feloneous: Sweet William's two dim-witted alley cat sidekicks.
- Chula the Tarantula: Cat R. Waul's sidekick. A caricature of Butch Cassidy.
- Jack: One of Fievel's school mates. Most likely from Australia.
- Jorge: Another one of Fievel's school mates.
- Tiger: The bushy-tailed orange cat family member of the Jewish-Russian mouse family.
- Mr. J. M. Schimmel: The rat who owns the mouse-sized general store in Green River. He is also Sidney’s father and is Austrian-American as revealed in "Law and Disorder".
- Clint Mousewood: One of Fievel's heroes and Tanya's one-sided crush – from "Mail Order Mayhem". A caricature of Clint Eastwood.
- Hambone: The dog guard on the train – from "The Gift".
- Sidney: One of Fievel's more spoiled classmate. First appears in Law and Disorder.
- Aunt Sophie: A relative of the Mousekewitz family – from "Aunt Sophie's Visit".
- Dr. Travis T. Hiprocates: A traveling doctor that gave away hiccup sweets – from "A Case of the Hiccups". A caricature of Sigmond Freud.
- Miss Kitty: Tiger's girlfriend – from "Law and Disorder". A caricature of Dorothy Gibson.
- Mr. Ironside: The school teacher, probably a mole and British-American as revealed in "The Legend of Mouse Hallow".
- Dog: The dog who guards the jail house.
- Lorna Holcombe: A girl in Fievel's class.
- Patty Paris: The baker. A caricature of Ona Munson's Belle Watling from Gone with the Wind.
- Phillip Glasser as Fievel
- Dom DeLuise as Tiger
- Lloyd Battista as Papa
- Susan Silo as Mama
- Cathy Cavadini as Tanya and Yasha
- Dan Castellaneta as Chula, Mr. Schimmel, Slim and Felonious
- Gerrit Graham as Cat R. Waul
- Kenneth Mars as Sweet William
- Hal Rayle as Clint Mousewood
- Arthur Burghardt as Hambone
- Cynthia Ferrer as Miss Kitty
- Patricia Parris as Aunt Sophie
|Executive Producer||Steven Spielberg|
|Production Executives||Frank Marshall
|Executive Production Consultant||David Kirschner|
|Created by||David Kirschner|
|Executive Story Editors||Hank Saroyan
|Story Editors||Sam Graham
|Produced by||Michael Hirsh
Clive A. Smith
|Supervising Producer||Stephen Hodgins|
|Line Producer||Peter Hudecki|
|Directed by||Lawrence Zelig Jacobs|
|Assistant Director||Paul Riley|
|Voice Director||Kelly Ward|
|Production Supervisor||Steve Chadwick|
|Production Manager||Ruta Cube|
|Unit Director||Claude Chiasson|
|Production Coordinators||Jocelyn Hamilton
Charles E. Bastien
Steven K. Manning
|Design Coordinator||Patty Beausoleil|
|Layout Supervisor||Tony Tarantini|
|Storyboard Cleanup Supervisor||Dave Quensnelle|
|Storyboard Cleanup||Rui Albino
|Color Designer||Rebecca Barclay|
|Paint Supervisor||Mary Bertoia|
|Theme Song Written and Performed by||Hank Saroyan
|Music by||Milan Kymlicka|
|Supervising Editor||Rob Kirkpatrick|
|Post Production Manager||Lan Lamon|
|Supervising Sound Editor||Steve Cole|
|Picture Editors||Richard Bond
|Supervising Pre-Production Editor||Darrell MacDonald|
|Supervising Breakdown Editor||Rick Dubiel|
|Recording and Transfer Technians||Mike Reid
|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
- Fievel's American Tails at the Internet Movie Database
- Fievel's American Tails on Big Cartoon Database
- Fievel's American Tails at TV.com