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Fievel's American Tails is an American/Canadian animated television series, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, Nelvana, and Universal Cartoon Studios.

Release history

The show 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. The show is given a TV-Y7 rating because of some cartoon violence and mild bullying.

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

13 half-hour episodes were produced: season 1


The cover of a European DVD

  1. Fievel, the Lonesome Ranger
  2. Law and Disorder
  3. Little Mouse on the Prairie
  4. The Gift
  5. A Case of the Hiccups
  6. The Legend of Mouse Hollow
  7. The Babysitting Blues
  8. The Lost Mother Lode
  9. A Mouse Known as Zorrowitz
  10. Mail Order Mayhem
  11. Aunt Sophie's Visit
  12. That's What Friends Are For
  13. Bell the Cats

See Cast

  • This series had only appeared on VHS in the United States and UK, while there have been DVD releases in France, Germany, and Italy. Since the release of the DTV sequels in the late 1990s, Universal abruptly abandoned this show from further home media reissues until it was recovered by NBCUniversal in 2020. It is now available to stream on Peacock.[1]
  • Three notable characters are written out from this show:
    • Wylie Burp does not appear due to the retirement of his voice actor, James Steward. Steward died in 1997.
    • Tony Toponi does not appear because his voice actress, Pat Musick, had largely stepped away from acting to take care of her daughter, Mae Whitman (who was 3-4 years old at the time), and only appeared in a handful of productions during that period. She eventually reprised her role as Tony in 1998.
    • Bridget does not appear because her voice actress, Cathianne Blore, chose not to reprise the role. Blore died in 2002, following a battle with cancer.
  • Three actors reprised their roles from the films: Phillip Glasser, Cathy Cavadini, and Dom DeLuise.
    • This was Phillip Glasser's final performance as Fievel Mousekewitz, as he could no longer do the voice by the time the next entry in the series, The Treasure of Manhattan Island, was released. He was replaced by Thomas Dekker.
    • This was Cathy Cavadini’s second and final performance as Tanya Mousekewitz. Cavadini was under a contract for Cartoon Network, voicing for Blossom on Powerpuff Girls in the late 1990s. She was replaced by Lacey Chabert in the next entry.
    • Dom DeLuise is the only actor to appear in every animated incarnation of the franchise. He died in 2009.
  • An American Tail is the only Bluth franchise to feature Simpsons legend Dan Castellaneta and Powerpuff Girls legend Cathy Cavadini.
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
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
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

External links
Fievel's American Tails
Characters Papa MousekewitzMama MousekewitzTanya MousekewitzFievel MousekewitzYasha MousekewitzTigerCat R. WaulT.R. ChulaMiss KittySweet WilliamSophie MousekewitzCharacters in Fievel's American Tails
Episodes Fievel, the Lonesome RangerLaw and DisorderLittle Mouse on the PrairieThe GiftA Case of the HiccupsThe Legend of Mouse HollowBabysitting BluesThe Lost Mother LodeA Mouse Known as ZorrowitzMail Order MayhemAunt Sophie's VisitThat's What Friends Are ForBell the Cats