Firehouse Tales

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Firehouse Tales
Genre
Created by Sidney J. Bailey
Directed by Kathi Castillo
Voices of Jesse Moss
Michael Adamthwaite
Richard Cox
Theme music composer Tim Kelly
Opening theme "Firehouse Tales"
Ending theme "Firehouse Tales" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Tim Kelly
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Sidney J. Bailey
  • Sander Schwartz
  • Clark James (co-executive producer)
  • For Cartoon Network: Alice Cahn and Peter Kilcommons
Producer(s)
  • Ken Kessel
  • Alan Burnett and Linda M. Steiner (supervising producers)
Editor(s) Myra Owyang
Running time 11 minutes (whole)
6 minutes (segments)
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Cartoon Network
Original release August 22, 2005 (2005-08-22) – May 7, 2006 (2006-05-07)
Chronology
Related shows Peppa Pig
Gordon the Garden Gnome
Robocar Poli
Cars Toons
Jay Jay the Jet Plane
Tayo the Little Bus

Firehouse Tales is an American animated children's television series created by Sidney J. Bailey, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, which premiered on Cartoon Network's preschool television programming block Tickle-U in the United States on August 22, 2005.

Overview[edit]

The series follows three anthropomorphic fire trucks.

Characters[edit]

  • Red (voiced by Jesse Moss) – A red firetruck and the main character in the show who never gives up. He loves nature and the outdoors but most of all he loves making new friends. Sometimes he is the leader of the firetruck team.
  • Crabby (voiced by Richard Cox) – A yellow firetruck who sometimes complains about his job and who likes the "great indoors" better than the outdoors.
  • Petrol (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) – An orange firetruck from Scotland who is sometimes afraid but manages to find the courage inside himself.
  • Chief (voiced by Ron Halder) – The blue firetruck who is the leader of the junior firetrucks (Red, Crabby, and Petrol). He tells them exactly what to do at any given time. He sometimes puts Red in charge of the team and sometimes leads the team when ever an emergency occurs.
  • Stinky (voiced by David "Squatch" Ward) – The green garbage truck of Green Meadows. He is used to his own stench but sometimes takes a bath, resulting in pollution that has to be cleaned up by the firetrucks.
  • Snooty-Tootie (voiced by Colin Murdock) – A limo who carries the Mayor around Green Meadows. He once taught the junior firetrucks manners.
  • Spinner (voiced by David A. Kaye) – A helicopter who often doesn't take his job seriously.
  • Scoop (voiced by Kathleen Barr) – A seaplane who carries water which she can use to douse fires.
  • Bubba (voiced by Blu Mankuma) – A bulldozer who works outside the firehouse.
  • Milkie (voiced by Cathy Weseluck) – An ice cream truck who likes to give ice cream to the children.
  • Wiser (voiced by French Tickner) – A tow truck with a nozzle who can lift and help people From fire. He first appeared in "Older But Wiser".
  • Tug (voiced by Michael Dobson) – A fireboat who is ready to rescue.
  • Bulky (voiced by Terry Klassen) – A blimp who had been decorated for Halloween. He appeared in the episodes "Spinner Spins a Tale" and "Hoppin' Hoses".
  • Zoe (voiced by Kathleen Barr) – A tow truck who likes helping other cars.
  • Lorrie (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) – A land rover who lives in the beach and is Petrol's old friend. She first appeared in "The Lorrie Story".
  • Newsie (voiced by Scott McNeil) – A news truck who likes filming. He first appeared in "Trucks on TV".

Production and background[edit]

Firehouse Tales was originally produced by Firehouse Productions, LLC as a 22-minute (2x11) pilot, created and developed by animation producer Sidney J. Bailey and animation director Clark James. It was sold to Warner Bros. Television in 2004, which following their process, the program was redeveloped as a CG program composited over 2D backgrounds – 26x half hours were subsequently produced by Warner Bros. Animation and aired on Cartoon Network worldwide.
The original pilot episode, which never aired publicly, was created as practical miniature sets with computer generated (CG) facial expressions added in post production. The original characters cast were: "Pete", "Lakie", "Tip", "Wiser", "Chief McSpeed" and the fire station Dalmatian "Squirt".

Ancillary products were produced by: Bandai (toys), and Scholastic (books).

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