Taz-Mania

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Taz-Mania
Genre Animated comedy
Created by Art Vitello
Developed by Jean MacCurdy
Tom Ruegger
Presented by Warner Bros. Animation
Voices of Jim Cummings
Maurice LaMarche
Miriam Flynn
Debi Derryberry
Kellie Martin
Rob Paulsen
John Astin
Theme music composer Richard Stone
Opening theme "Come to Taz-Mania" by Jess Harnell and Jim Cummings
Ending theme "Come to Taz-Mania" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Richard Stone
Mark Watters
Don Davis
Steve Bernstein
John Given
Carl Johnson
Harvey Cohen
Jerry Grant
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 65 (102 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jean MacCurdy
Tom Ruegger
Producer(s) Art Vitello
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original network Fox (Fox Kids)
Original release September 7, 1991 (1991-09-07) – May 22, 1995 (1995-05-22)

Taz-Mania is an American cartoon sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Animation from 1991 to 1995, broadcast in the United States on Fox. The show follows the adventures of the Looney Tunes character Taz (The Tasmanian Devil) in the fictional land of Tazmania (based on Tasmania).[1]

Similar to other Warner Brothers cartoons of its time, such as Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania frequently broke the fourth wall, and often made jokes showing that Taz could actually speak perfectly normally when he wanted to. The intro indicates that, in this rendering of Tasmania, "the sky's always yellow, rain or shine". The title song is performed by Jess Harnell and Jim Cummings.

Characters[edit]

The Tazmanian Devil family[edit]

  • Taz (Jim Cummings) – He is the central character of the series and appears in every episode. Taz is ill-tempered, tough, frequently hungry, and has a very big dislike of water, though he is less ferocious and (at times) more thoughtful than his original incarnation. He works as a bellhop at the Hotel Tazmania.
  • Jean Tazmanian Devil (Miriam Flynn) – Taz's dedicated, doting mother. Many episodes circle around her speaking on the phone and running through a long list of chores she's created for herself.
  • Hugh Tazmanian Devil (Maurice LaMarche) – Taz's easy-going, talkative, and very comical father, whose voice and mannerisms are a parody of Bing Crosby. Hugh likes orange juice (a reference to Crosby being a famous pitch-man for orange juice), golfing, and bowling, joking around, and will often overexplain things to the point where he'll say "blah-blah-blah, yackity schmackity" to speed things up.
  • Molly Tazmanian Devil (Kellie Martin) – Taz's 16-year-old sister. Despite being more refined than her brother, she often shares his vicious and bossy nature, though in a more sibling-rivalry sense.
  • Jake Tazmanian Devil (Debi Derryberry) – Taz's playful, very imaginative, energetic, and fun-loving little brother, who often looks up to and idolizes Taz.
  • Dog the Turtle (Rob Paulsen) – Taz's pet turtle, who acts like a dog.
  • Drew Tazmanian Devil (Maurice LaMarche) – Taz's funny, goofy, very mirthful and zestful uncle, who talks and acts like Bob Hope as a reference to Hugh's parody of Bing Crosby. Like Hugh, Drew enjoys golf, bowling, telling jokes, and heading out on road trips (often dragging Taz along) in spoofs of Hope and Crosby's Road to... film series of the 1940s and 1950s.

Hotel Tazmania staff[edit]

  • Bushwhacker Bob (Jim Cummings) – Taz's loud, grumpy, uppity, rude, selfish, lazy, and incompetent boss. Owner of the Hotel Tazmania, he is largely self-centered and thinks very highly of himself, despite rarely doing any actual work and preferring to leave any and all tasks to his staff. His demeanor is a sendup of Basil Fawlty, just as all the hotel segments were direct spoofs of the British sitcom Fawlty Towers.
  • Mum (Rosalyn Landor) – Bushwhacker Bob's mother, who is much calmer and wiser than her son. Despite her son owning the Hotel Tazmania, Mum is the true backbone of the establishment. She is often quick to criticize her son, much to Bob's chagrin, despite her accusations typically being true.
  • Constance Koala (Rosalyn Landor) – An enormous but gentle-spirited, and graceful koala who is the maid at the Hotel Taz-mania. She is quite fond of singing and dancing, despite her dancing often causing unintentional destruction. We see her in the dance class that Molly takes when Taz first takes ballet.
  • Mr. Thickly (Dan Castellaneta) – A multitalented, funny, energetic and upbeat wallaby who works at the Hotel Tazmania, although his exact job title is unspecified. He considers himself a jack-of-all-trades always prefacing the activities he does with Taz with an exclamation that he's "an expert." He enjoys doing favors for Taz but his incompetence usually results in mayhem. He also hosts Taz-manian Theater.

Outback characters[edit]

  • Digeri Dingo (Rob Paulsen) – A self-serving dingo who pretends to be Taz's friend so he can avoid dangerous situations and discomfort at Taz's expense. Both he and Taz share a mutual love for bottle-cap collecting. A scavenger, treasure hunter and chronic collector, he often takes advantage of Taz's strength and rabid nature to hunt rare treasures. Typically after he gets what he wants, he still berates Taz for bringing it back in a tarnished condition.
  • Wendal T. Wolf (Jim Cummings) – A neurotic thylacine who is desperate for any type of friendship. He resembles Wile E. Coyote. When not being hunted by Taz, he usually drives him crazy in his efforts to befriend him. His personality closely resembles that of Woody Allen.
  • Francis X. Bushlad (Rob Paulsen) – A white-skinned, red-haired aboriginal boy who unsuccessfully hunts Taz as a rite of manhood. Despite their tribal society, he and his entire tribe behave and speak like highly intelligent, aristocratic businessmen (his own father is a send-up of Thurston P. Howell III). His name recalls silent movie star Francis X. Bushman.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Bull Gator and Axl (John Astin, Rob Paulsen) – A pair of alligators who unsuccessfully try to trap Taz for the enjoyment of zoo-going children all over the world (as a rather weak pretense to the massive financial gain the endeavor will grant them). Bull is the leader of the duo, always acting in a confident and cheery attitude even while reprimanding Axl. Axl is Bull's hunter-in-training, constantly naïve, though often subject to Bull's "corrections". (Typically in the form of a mallet smashing.) They vaguely resemble Laurel and Hardy.
  • Buddy Boar (Jim Cummings) – Full name Hamilton Butkus Boar, he fancies himself a yuppie, is often seen talking on his cellphone, and claims to be "Taz's best friend". Though Buddy tends to take advantage of Taz at times, he does not seem to treat him nearly as badly as Digeri Dingo does. He was established early in the show but was seemingly ill-received, reflected in several fourth wall-breaking moments by the show's characters. As such, Buddy's appearances were uncommon. His later appearances suggest he was promoted to the show's producer after he was considered to be an unlikable character on the show proper, and he later attempts to direct an episode featuring Bull and Axl — with catastrophic results.
  • Daniel and Timothy, the Platypus Brothers (Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen) – Twin platypus brothers (Timothy wears glasses) whose love of do-it-yourself projects usually ends up causing trouble for Taz. They closely resemble Daffy Duck in appearance and manner of speech. A pair of episodes deals with their obsession with the prime-time cartoon "The McKimsons", a Simpsons parody featuring a character who constantly shouts "No way, I'm out of here, man!"
  • The Keewee – Although somewhat resembling a kiwi, this silent bird can run as fast as the Road Runner, often being chased down by Taz in search of his lunch in the same manner as Wile E. Coyote.
  • The Bushrats (head Bushrat: Phil Proctor) – A group of bush rats in tribal costume. They speak in an odd mix of real and nonsense languages that are appended by mismatched, humorous subtitles. Their favorite phrase is "Spanfirkel!", which is similar to the German word Spanferkel which translates to "small, young pig, which still gets suckled".
  • Willie Wombat (Maurice LaMarche) – Originally cast in a Bugs Bunny-like role against Taz, Willie resents this typecasting and greatly admires Taz and his career. His determination to remain pacifistic and polite usually reverts to frustration and rage by the end of his episodes. Ironically, his friendly nature was previously used by Bugs in 1980's "Spaced Out Bunny".

Looney Tunes characters[edit]

  • Bugs Bunny – (voiced by Greg Burson) In "A Devil of a Job," Bugs appears as a deus ex machina, driving a souped-up Jeep out of a tar pit, saving Taz, and then asking, "Is this the left turn at Albuquerque?" In Willie Wombat's debut episode, Willie phones Bugs for advice about how to handle Taz.
  • Daffy Duck – (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) Is seen riding along with Bugs in the jeep in "A Devil of a Job."
  • Yosemite Sam – (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) After Willie phones Bugs for advice, Taz phones Sam. He is never actually seen. He expresses surprise that Taz has his own show by asking "Ain't you retired yet?"
  • Sam Sheepdog – (voiced by Jim Cummings) In one episode Taz, working as a temp agent for carnivorous predators, substitutes for Ralph Wolf and attempts to steal sheep from Sam's pen. (There was a bit of character confusion here, as at one point Sam suggests "I thought I was a bit too hard on that coyote last week.")
  • Foghorn Leghorn – (voiced by Greg Burson) Because of his name, Bushwacker Bob mistakes Foghorn for a hotel critic.
  • Marvin the Martian – (voiced by Rob Paulsen) Once comes to Earth on vacation, glad his plans to destroy it failed. His attempts at relaxation are thwarted by Taz's noisy behavior, cajoling him into wanting to destroy Earth again, and his actions indeed cause Earth to explode due to a temporal anomaly.
  • Road Runner – He makes a cameo appearance in the show and is caught by Taz. Taz is then about to eat him, but lets the bird go after Axl and Bull try to kidnap Taz.

Episodes[edit]

Episodes are copyright 1991 (1–14), 1992 (15–47), or 1993 (48–65); note that this does not always correspond with when they originally aired.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
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1"The Dog the Turtle Story"Douglas McCarthyBill Kopp, Scott Jeralds, Bill MathenySeptember 7, 1991 (1991-09-07)406-401
Taz rescues a turtle, which acts like a dog, from a trap and adopts him as a pet, but then the pair visit his outback family and they all rescue Taz from Bull Gator and Axl.
2"Like Father, Like Son; Frights of Passage"Keith BaxterMark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Keith Baxter, Bill Kopp, David SchwartzSeptember 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)406-402
Hugh takes Taz out for a father-son bonding experience./Francis X. Bushlad of the Mudpeople sets out to hunt a Tasmanian Devil as his proof of manhood.
3"War & Pieces; Airbourne Airhead"Lenord RobinsonMark Saraceni, Steve Brasfield, Brian McEnteeSeptember 21, 1991 (1991-09-21)406-403
Taz and his younger siblings Molly and Jake are left to run the house while their parents visit Grandma./With help from the Platypus Brothers Daniel and Timothy, Taz attempts to climb Pointy Peak and obtain giant bird eggs with which to make a Taz-sized omelet.
4"It's No Picnic; Kee-Wee ala King"Greg Duffell, Gary HartleMark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Henry T. Gilroy, Brenda LillySeptember 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)406-404
The Tasmanian Devil family head out on a picnic, unaware that Bull Gator and Axl are looking to capture all of them./Taz and Buddy Boar go hunting for a Kee-Wee Bird, which quickly turns into disaster for the pair.
5"A Devil of a Job"Douglas McCarthyGordon Kent, Evelyn A-R GabaiOctober 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)406-405
Taz gets a job at the Hotel Tazmania to earn the money for a motorcycle.
6"Battling Bushrats; Devil in the Deep Blue Sea"Keith BaxterBill Kopp, Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Steve BrasfieldOctober 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)406-406
Taz must protect his mom's turkey dinner from both the Bushrats and an army of ants./Despite his hatred of water, Taz is manipulated by Digeri Dingo to scuba dive into the ocean and find a sunken treasure.
7"Woeful Wolf"Lenord RobinsonGordon Kent, Evelyn A-R GabaiOctober 19, 1991 (1991-10-19)406–407
The neurotic Wendal T. Wolf looks to Taz for friendship, but Taz just finds him to be an annoying and needy pest.
8"Devil with the Violet Dress On; Kidnapped Koala"Gary HartleGordon Kent, Mark Saraceni, Kevin HoppsOctober 26, 1991 (1991-10-26)406–408
Jean insists on spending the day with her son Taz, for better or for worse./Bull Gator and Axl attempt to capture Constance Koala.
9"Mishap in the Mist; Toothache Taz"Keith Baxter, Douglas McCarthyBill Kopp, Art Vitello, John K. LudinNovember 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)406–409
A woman studies the Tasmanian Devil family in its natural habitat./Taz gets a toothache and turns to the Platypus Brothers for help, but their cures end up being worse than the toothache itself.
10"Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty; Enter the Devil"Keith Baxter, Art VitelloChris Otsuki, Keith Baxter, Art Vitello, Harvey Bullock, Steve BrasfieldNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)406–410
Molly gets a cute cat for a pet, but this new addition to the family quickly becomes Taz's worst nightmare that he tries to get rid of./Mr. Thickly trains Taz to be a kung-fu master.
11"Bewitched Bob"Lenord RobinsonGordon Kent, Jim RyanNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)406–411
A new visitor to the Hotel Tazmania has Bushwhacker Bob wrapped around her finger.
12"Instant Replay; Taz and the Pterodactyl"Jon McClenahanHenry T. Gilroy, Art Vitello, Chris Otsuki, Harvey Bullock, Bob SmithNovember 23, 1991 (1991-11-23)406–412
Bull Gator and Axl film their exploits in order to learn the best way to capture Taz./Taz meets a living Pterodactyl and is taken on a flight across the Outback.
13"Pup Goes the Wendal; I'm Okay, You're Taz"Douglas McCarthyGordon Kent, Art Vitello, Mark Saraceni, Mary Jo Ludin, Charles M. Howell IVNovember 30, 1991 (1991-11-30)406–413
Wendal Wolf kicks Dog the Turtle out of Taz's house and inserts himself as the new family pet./Buddy Boar tries to improve Taz's personality.
14"Comic Madness; Blunders Never Cease"Keith BaxterHenry Gilroy; Art Vitello; Bill Kopp, Gary WarneDecember 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)406–414
The family is worried that Taz is spending too much time with his comic books./Francis resorts to taking tribal potions in his quest to capture Taz.
15"Amazing Shrinking Taz & Co."Keith BaxterBill Kopp, Art Vitello, Alan SwayzeSeptember 5, 1992 (1992-09-05)406–418
The latest invention of the Platypus Brothers shrinks Taz, Bull Gator, and Axl to microscopic size.
16"Oh, Brother; Taz-Babies"Lenord RobinsonHenry Gilroy, Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Glenn LeopoldSeptember 12, 1992 (1992-09-12)406–419
A giant gorilla is goaded by his little brother to attack Jake, but Taz does not take his attacks lightly./Taz-Mania is presented to the network vice-president, who has his own ideas on what Taz's show should be like.
17"Jake's Big Date; Taz Live"Douglas McCarthyHenry Gilroy, Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Mary Jo LudinSeptember 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)406–421
Jake is set up on a play-date with his friend Heather./When Hotel Tazmania is unable to deliver its scheduled comedy act, Taz and his friends stall for time with their own acts.
18"A Midsummer Night's Scream; Astro Taz"Douglas McCarthyMark Zaslove, Art Vitello, Mark Saraceni, Timothy WilliamsSeptember 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)406–434
Lost in the mountains, Taz and Bushwhacker Bob are forced to spend the night in a creepy motel./Taz mistakes a space shuttle for an arcade game.
19"Tazmanian Lullaby; Deer Taz; A Taz-Manian Moment"Keith Baxter, Art VitelloKeith Baxter, Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Brenda Lilly, Kristina MazzottiOctober 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)406–437
Francis discovers Taz's love of accordion music and uses it to capture him./Taz must compete with other predators over an adorable baby deer that he can't bring himself to eat./In an "unused" scene from "Ticket Taker Taz", Molly uses her paddleball to scam Taz out of the concert tickets.
20"The Outer Taz-Manian Zone; Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, Part 2"Keith BaxterChris Otsuki, Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, George AtkinsOctober 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)406–422
Taz and Molly switch bodies after an argument over their personal lives./Molly's cat returns, and the feline wastes no time in terrorizing Taz out of revenge.
21"Taz-Mania's Funniest Home Videos; Bottle Cap Blues"Lenord RobinsonBill Kopp, Henry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Bruce HowardOctober 17, 1992 (1992-10-17)406–423
To win a trip to the Bora Bora Islands, Taz attempts to film some candid videos of his family./Taz and Dingo pursue a Kee-Wee Bird for the rare bottle cap it's carrying.
22"Hypnotazed; Mum's n' Taz's"Douglas McCarthy, Jon McClenahanHenry Gilroy, Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Earl KressOctober 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)406–438
Bull Gator accidentally hypnotizes himself into thinking he's a Tasmanian Devil./Taz and Mum get trapped in an abandoned mine shaft.
23"Boys Just Wanna Have Fun; Unhappy Together"Douglas McCarthyMark Saraceni, Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Mark YoungOctober 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)406–417
With Jean and Molly out at a swim meet, Hugh, Taz, and Jake have a guys' night at home./Taz's presence ends up driving a wedge between the Platypus Brothers' relationship.
24"Food for Thought; Gone to Pieces"Keith BaxterGordon Kent, Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Gary Greenfield, George AtkinsNovember 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)406–433
Taz attempts to cross a piranha-filled lake in order to grab an egg for lunch./Taz's game of bottlecap tiddlywinks ends up breaking his mother's valuable vase. He now tries to hide the accident from Mom.
25"Kee-Wee Cornered; But Is It Taz?"Lenord RobinsonGordon Kent, Art Vitello, Bill Kopp, Wayne KaatzNovember 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)406–439
Fed up with Taz eating all of her pet birds, Molly goes out and gets a Kee-Wee Bird./Taz quits the show out of anger for all of the abuse he takes every episode and gets a fast-food job instead.
26"Mall Wrecked; A Dingo's Guide to Magic"Lenord RobinsonHenry Gilroy, Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Tony BenedictNovember 21, 1992 (1992-11-21)406–415
When the car breaks down, Taz, Jean, and Molly are left stranded in an empty mall parking lot./Dingo uses a magic kit to trick the gullible Taz out of a giant gold nugget he's found.
27"The Man from M.A.R.S.; Friends for Strife"Doug McCarthyBill Kopp, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, Evelyn A-R Gabai, Betty BirneyNovember 28, 1992 (1992-11-28)406–442
After hearing a scary sci-fi program on the radio, Taz attacks a vacationing Marvin the Martian out of fear that he wants to conquer the Earth./Dingo shares with Taz all of the adventures they've shared since they first met.
28"Wacky Wombat; Molly's Folly"Gary HartleSindy McKay, Mark Zaslove, Art Vitello, Jim Ryan, Glenn LeopoldSeptember 4, 1993 (1993-09-04)406–440
Willie Wombat is cast as Taz's foil in a semi-parody of the original Taz cartoons./Taz gets roped into taking ballet classes with Molly.
29"A Flea for Me; A Young Taz's Fancy"Keith BaxterChris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Keith Baxter, Mary Jo Ludin, Tony BenedictSeptember 11, 1993 (1993-09-11)406–445
Taz gets an unwelcome guest in his fur: a flea, which he tries to get rid of./Taz falls for a Tasmanian She-Devil, but is unaware that it's really Francis in disguise.
30"Never Cry Taz; Bully for Bull"Lenord RobinsonBill Kopp, Art Vitello, Larry Markes, Bruce HowardSeptember 18, 1993 (1993-09-18)406–451
The Platypus Brothers find the entrance to a new world in their attic during Spring Cleaning./Bull Gator falls into depression over his constant failures, leaving Axl to try and cheer him up.
31"Of Bushrats and Hugh"Doug McCarthyHenry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Arthur Alsberg, Don NelsonSeptember 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)406–450
Taz and Hugh protect their precious orange tree from a hoard of hungry Bushrats.
32"Merit Badgered"Lenord RobinsonHenry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Barry E. BlitzerOctober 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)406–443
Taz accompanies Jake on a camping trip.
33"Devil Indemnity"Gary HartleGordon Kent, Art Vitello, Bill Matheny, Lane Raichert, Laren BrightOctober 16, 1993 (1993-10-16)406–460
Taz is at home and stuck in a full-body cast. While he struggles to answer the phone and win a TV contest, Jean fills in for his bellhop job at Hotel Tazmania and struggles with Bushwhacker Bob's abuse.
34"Willie Wombat's Deja Boo-Boo; To Catch a Taz"Lenord RobinsonSindy McKay, Art Vitello, Gordon Kent, Barry E. Blitzer, Paul DiniOctober 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)406–455
Willie Wombat tries to get roles in other cartoons, but cannot escape being typecast as Taz's foil./Taz is framed for the consumption of a birthday cake, and Wendal T. Wolf is the police officer determined to catch him.
35"The Thing that Ate the Outback; Because It's There"Keith BaxterChris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Mark Zaslove, David SchwartzOctober 30, 1993 (1993-10-30)406–449
Taz creates a blob monster with his new chemistry set: one that just keeps eating and growing./Taz and Dingo attempt to climb a mountain.
36"Antenna Dilemma; Autograph Pound"Gary HartleGordon Kent, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, Mark Seidenberg, Laura NumeroffNovember 6, 1993 (1993-11-06)406–444
Taz visits the Platypus Brothers for some TV time when a thunderstorm cuts his cable./Constance is smitten with a wrestling champion staying at the hotel, but Taz is simply terrorized.
37"Taz and the Emu Egg; Willy Wombat's Last Stand; K-Taz Commercial"Keith BaxterChris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, John Semper, Bill AllenNovember 13, 1993 (1993-11-13)406–461
Taz hunts a surprisingly swift unhatched emu egg./Finally fed up with his typecasting, Willie Wombat takes his case to the network itself./Taz's "unique" singing talents are advertised as part of a CD collection.
38"Doubting Dingo; Sub Commander Taz"Gary HartleHenry T. Gilroy, Art Vitello, Alan Katz, Earl Kress, Mark EvanierNovember 20, 1993 (1993-11-20)406–464
Dingo suspects that Taz is plotting to get rid of him./Taz places a mail-order for a submarine, but the wait for its arrival tests his patience.
39"Feed a Cold; Sidekick for a Day"Doug McCarthyHenry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Fred Freiberger, Jack MendelsohnNovember 27, 1993 (1993-11-27)406–462
Taz is sick with a cold, and his sneezes become overwhelmingly powerful. However, the Platypus Brothers suffer the abuse of his illness even more when they try to find a cure for it./Bull Gator fires Axl and hires Taz as his new sidekick.
40"No Time for Christmas"Doug McCarthyMark Zaslove, Art Vitello, Mark EvanierDecember 25, 1993 (1993-12-25)406–446
With everybody in Tazmania getting ready for Christmas, Taz makes a trip across the Outback to deliver gifts to his friends.
41"Road to Tazmania"Gary HartleMark Saraceni, Kerry Ehrin, Ali Marie MathesonSeptember 13, 1994 (1994-09-13)406–416
Taz's Uncle Drew comes to visit, and he and Hugh take Taz along on a trip to pick up some orange juice. However, only Taz seems to notice the spies that apparently want the OJ they bought.
42"Taz-Manian Theatre; The Bushrats Must Be Crazy"Gary HartleGordon Kent, Art Vitello, Bill Kopp, Mike Dirham, Cliff RobertsSeptember 14, 1994 (1994-09-14)406–420
Taz and Wendal are stranded on a desert island in Mr. Thickly's thrilling tale of Taz-Manian Theatre./The Bushrats embark on a journey to retrieve their idol of worship: Jake's rubber duck.
43"Return of the Road to Taz-Mania Strikes Back"Keith BaxterMark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Barbara Levy, Marc PaykussSeptember 15, 1994 (1994-09-15)406–426
With Taz as their caddy, Hugh and Uncle Drew head out to the golf course to play against a pair of old golfing rivals, whose own caddy is another sneaky spy that's out to get them.
44"Taz Like Dingo"Lenord RobinsonHenry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Harvey BullockSeptember 16, 1994 (1994-09-16)406–427
Digeri Dingo finds a lamp that holds a genie. With his first wish, Dingo wishes for Taz to like him, no matter what, but this turns out to be a bad idea later.
45"The Pied Piper of Taz-Mania; The Treasure of the Burnt Sienna"Gary HartleMark Saraceni, Gordon Kent, Harvey Bullock, Earl KressSeptember 19, 1994 (1994-09-19)406–428
Hotel Tazmania faces a Bushrat infestation./Bushwhacker Bob drags Taz on a treasure hunt.
46"Not a Shadow of a Doubt; Nursemaid Taz"Keith BaxterChris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, Alan Burnett, Jeff HallSeptember 20, 1994 (1994-09-20)406–429
Taz's shadow comes to life for a day./Dingo fakes a broken leg to get sympathy (and free food) from Taz and his family.
47"Home Despair; Take All of Me"Doug McCarthyBill Kopp, Gordon Kent, Mark Saraceni, Earl KressSeptember 21, 1994 (1994-09-21)406–430
Taz gets the Platypus Brothers to repair the house, but they only make things worse./Wendal pesters Bull Gator and Axl into capturing him so that he can relish the zoo life.
48"Bird-Brained Beast; Ready, Willing, Unable"Lenord RobinsonHenry Gilroy, Bruce M. Morris, Tony Marino, Rowby GorenSeptember 22, 1994 (1994-09-22)406–431
Taz and the Platypus Brothers hit the road to catch a Kee-Wee Bird./Unaware of their true goal to capture Taz, Mr. Thickly lends his advice to Bull Gator and Axl.
49"We'll Always Have Taz-Mania; Moments You've Missed"Gary HartleHenry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Bill Kopp, Mark Saraceni, Tom Ruegger, Barry O'BrienSeptember 23, 1994 (1994-09-23)406–432
With the TV broken, Hugh and Jean entertains the kids with the story of how they first met./Bull Gator and Axl host a show featuring "removed" segments from previous episodes.
50"Sidekicked; Gone with the Windbag"Douglas McCarthyMark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Bill Kopp, Gordon Kent, Barry O'Brien, Gary GreenfieldNovember 7, 1994 (1994-11-07)406–425
Axl is forced to hunt Taz on his own when Bull Gator leaves for the Tazmania Hula-Hooping Championship Finals./Hotel critic F.H. Leghorn has come to the Hotel Tazmania, and Bushwhacker Bob is determined to get a passing review from him.
51"Driving Mr. Taz; Mean Bear; Taz Museum"Lenord RobinsonGordon Kent, Bill Kopp, Art Vitello, Richard Mervin, Mark YoungNovember 8, 1994 (1994-11-08)406–435
Taz is taken out for a driving lesson./The Bushrats call upon Taz to defeat a cruel bear./The show advertises the Boulder Museum.
52"Ticket Taker Taz; Taz2"Gary HartleSindy McKay, Mark Zaslove, Bruce HowardNovember 14, 1994 (1994-11-14)406–436
Taz wins a pair of concert tickets, which Molly wants to relieve him of./The Platypus Brothers develop a cloning machine and use it on Taz, creating an army of Tasmanian Devils that are all hungry for platypus.
53"Mutton for Nothing; Dr. Wendal and Mr. Taz"Keith BaxterChris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Keith Baxter, Bob Smith, Barry O'Brien, David SchwartzNovember 15, 1994 (1994-11-15)406–441
Taz arrives at the sheep meadow to fill in for Ralph Wolf, where Sam Sheepdog performs his usual predator-pounding job on him./Wendal Wolf mistakes a gamma-radiation chamber for a tanning booth, causing him to transform into a violent monster whenever Taz gets him upset.
54"Taz-Mania Confidential; The Platypi Psonic Psensation Psimulator"Lenord RobinsonAlan Katz, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, George Atkins, Mark YoungNovember 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)406–447
A film crew has arrived to expose every humiliating detail of the Tasmanian Devil family, even those that they make up./The Platypus Brothers use their new invention to probe Taz's memories for "unused" episode segments.
55"The Not-So-Gladiators; One Ring Taz"Gary HartleGordon Kent, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, Carol Corwin, Kim CampbellNovember 22, 1994 (1994-11-22)406–448
Taz and Jean go on "Grub Gladiators" (a food-themed spoof of American Gladiators)./Taz wants to join the circus, so Mr. Thickly "helps" him find an act.
56"Retakes Not Included; Pledge Dredge"Gary HartleSindy McKay, Art Vitello, Gordon Kent, Christopher Brough, Jim RyanFebruary 6, 1995 (1995-02-06)406–452
The latest episode is filled with animation errors, and director Buddy Boar doesn't seem to grasp the concept of retakes./Mr. Thickly hosts a telethon to raise money for the show.
57"Bushlad's Lament; Taz-Mania Comedy Institute"Keith BaxterKeith Baxter, David SchwartzFebruary 13, 1995 (1995-02-13)406–453
An elderly Francis, still having not achieved his manhood, is forced to pursue an equally-elderly Taz./A documentary on 16-ton weights is featured.
58"Heartbreak Taz; Just Be 'Cuz"Gary HartleGordon Kent, Bill Kopp, Glenn Leopold, Timothy WilliamsFebruary 14, 1995 (1995-02-14)406–424
Constance Koala develops a very one-sided infatuation with Taz./Francis is stuck watching his little cousin Edgar, so he takes him along on his hunt for Taz.
59"The Taz Story Primer; Ask Taz"Douglas McCarthyAlan Katz, Art Vitello, Mark Zaslove, Gary Marks, Brenda LillyFebruary 20, 1995 (1995-02-20)406–454
Molly is called on by the network to provide the plot for the week's episode./Everybody seems to find great wisdom in Taz's frequent line of "Taz hate water", so Bushwhacker Bob exploits it as a way to make money.
60"It's a Taz's Life; Gee Bull!"Gary HartleGordon Kent, Art Vitello; Mark Zaslove, Rich Fogel, Fred FreibergerFebruary 27, 1995 (1995-02-27)406–456
Taz gets chosen by a TV host to have his life examined in retrospect./Bull Gator resorts to extreme teaching methods in order to knock some sense into Axl.
61"Taz in Keeweeland; Stuck for Bucks; A Philosophical Taz Moment"Keith BaxterChris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Gary Warne, Ron FriedmanMay 1, 1995 (1995-05-01)406–457
Taz finds himself in a world filled with Kee-Wee birds, though it proves more dangerous than it looks./The need for immediate funds brings Taz into battle with his seemingly-indestructible piggy bank./Taz contemplates nature and his enslavement for food.
62"The Origin of the Beginning of the Incredible Taz-Man; Francis Takes a Stand"Keith BaxterKeith Baxter, Henry T. Gilroy, Chris Otsuki, Gary Greenfield, Rich FogelMay 2, 1995 (1995-05-02)406–465
Taz takes advice from Mr. Thickly on how to become a real-life superhero./Taz and Francis set up competing lemonade stands in hopes of making big money.
63"Yet Another Road to Taz-Mania"Douglas McCarthyHenry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Charles M. Howell IVMay 8, 1995 (1995-05-08)406–458
Once more, Taz is stuck on a road trip with Hugh and Uncle Drew. This time, they're going bowling, and the spies are after their new bowling ball.
64"Bad Luck Bottlecap; A Story with a Moral"Lenord RobinsonSindy McKay, Art Vitello, Alan Katz, Steve Brasfield, Glenn LeopoldMay 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)406–459
Dingo tries to get rid of a cursed bottlecap by passing it on to Taz, but his attempts continue to backfire./An injured Taz is being nursed back to health by an overbearing (and clumsy) Scotsman.
65"One Saturday in Taz-Mania; Platypi on Film"Lenord RobinsonSindy McKay, Art Vitello, Mark Zaslove, Steve Brasfield, Timothy WilliamsMay 22, 1995 (1995-05-22)406–463
Taz's lazy Saturday is continuously interrupted by Jake./The Platypus Brothers critique their favorite movies (all of them Taz-themed parodies of famous films).

Video games[edit]

Five video games based on the show were made, two by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear and three by Sunsoft consisting in one for the SNES and two for the Game Boy.

Home media release[edit]

Three VHS tapes were released in 1993. After the show ceased running on Fox Kids, it was rerun for a short time on TBS in 1996-1997 (after the Time-Warner/Turner merger) as part of their Disaster Area block, and has also been rerun on Cartoon Network.

A DVD containing the first four episodes of the series was released in Europe in April 2010, whilst later released in the UK in 2011 under the title "Taz and Friends" as part of the Kids' WB "Big Faces" series.

On May 14, 2013 Warner Home Video released Taz Mania – Season 1, Part 1: Taz on the Loose on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[2] Season 1, Part 2 was released on August 6, 2013.[3]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1, Part 1 13 May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14)
Season 1, Part 2 13 August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)

Other appearances[edit]

In the Duck Dodgers episode "M.M.O.R.P.D.", one of the forms that Duck Dodgers turns himself into Axl. In this brief appearance, Axl's vocal effects are reprised by Rob Paulsen. Taz himself appears with Duck Dodgers in the episode "Deathmatch Duck".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trusdell, Brian (May 28, 1995). "Focus : Warner's Toon Factory for the '90s". The Los Angeles Times. USA. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Taz-Mania DVD news: Announcement for Taz-Mania - Season 1, Part 1: Taz On The Loose - TVShowsOnDVD.com". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-20.
  3. ^ "Taz-Mania DVD news: Announcement for Taz-Mania - Season 1, Pt 2: Who Let the Taz Out?! - TVShowsOnDVD.com". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2013-05-04.

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