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 1993 and 1994, MCA/Universal Home Video released twelve of the thirteen episodes on six VHS tapes and eight on two Laserdisc volumes. These have been the only home video release of the cartoon in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the 13-episode series was released on six video-cassettes in 1995, which enabled the full series to surface on the internet in English a decade or so later. Episodes have been released on DVD in France, Germany, and Italy, as Universal abruptly abandoned further media reissues after the release of the DTV movies since the late 1990s. At the end of each episode, Fievel, who is the national "spokesmouse" for the Reading Is Fundamental Foundation, did a "Reading Buddy" spot to encourage children to read. These PSAs were not preserved on the VHS releases and may be considered lost, only existing through surviving TV recordings.
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 2020, NBCUniversal regained rights to the series and it was announced that it would be included on their streaming service Peacock, making the series available in the US for the first time in decades.
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
- Fievel, the Lonesome Ranger
- Law and Disorder
- Little Mouse on the Prairie
- The Gift
- A Case of the Hiccups
- The Legend of Mouse Hollow
- The Babysitting Blues
- The Lost Mother Lode
- A Mouse Known as Zorrowitz
- Mail Order Mayhem
- Aunt Sophie's Visit
- That's What Friends Are For
- Bell the Cats
- This series has only appeared on VHS in the United States and UK, while there have been DVD releases in France, Germany, and Italy. Universal currently has no plans to release the show on DVD in the United States.
- Three notable characters are written out from this show:
- Wylie Burp was written out due to his voice actor, James Steward, retired from voice acting, five years prior to his death.
- Tony Toponi was written out due to his voice actress Pat Musick had some personal issues involving her then-current parenting with her daughter Mae Whitman (who was 3-4 years old at the time), as she rarely did any work during that period, with the exception of doing voices for couple episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.
- Bridget was written out as her voice actress, Cathianne Blore, chose not to do the part in the series.
- This is the final An American Tail media Phillip Glasser voiced Fievel Mousekewitz due to the changing of his voice by age, as further production of the franchise was put in hiatus until a half of decade later when Thomas Dekker took over the voice for Fievel.
- An American Tail is the only Bluthless franchise to feature Simpsons legend Dan Castellaneta and Powerpuff Girls legend Cathy Cavadini.
|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|
|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
- TV Tropes
- Fievel's American Tails at TV.com
- Fievel's American Tails at Never Say Never Again - Fan-made episode guide and reviews
|Fievel's American Tails|
|Characters||Papa Mousekewitz • Mama Mousekewitz • Tanya Mousekewitz • Fievel Mousekewitz • Yasha Mousekewitz • Tiger• Cat R. Waul • T.R. Chula • Miss Kitty • Sweet William • Sophie Mousekewitz • Characters in Fievel's American Tails|
|Episodes||Fievel, the Lonesome Ranger • Law and Disorder • Little Mouse on the Prairie • The Gift • A Case of the Hiccups • The Legend of Mouse Hollow • Babysitting Blues • The Lost Mother Lode • A Mouse Known as Zorrowitz • Mail Order Mayhem • Aunt Sophie's Visit • That's What Friends Are For • Bell the Cats|