Fievel's American Tails was a short-lived cartoon series based off of Fievel Goes West. It aired in 1992 and consisted of 13 episodes. The animation quality was notibly much worse than even the later direct-to-video installments of the AAT series, as it was done on a much lower budget. Phillip Glasser, Dom Deluise and Cathy Cavadini all returned to reprise their roles, otherwise, the rest of the characters all had different voices. There are notable canonical errors in the series as well. It doesn't follow the movies all the time, for example there is the noted absence of Wylie Burp and Miss Kitty (in all but one episode, in Miss Kitty's case). However, for what it was worth it did have its moments, and a few good episodes. It has still never been released on DVD in the United States, though episodes were released on VHS in the 90's and can be purchased on sites like Ebay or Amazon. Here is a short summary of each, from the ones I've seen.
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This first episode starts off with the Mousekewitz family getting ready to go to the cheese festival, all except for Fievel, who was supposed to be taking care of Yasha but instead is off reading a book about 'The Lonesome Ranger' and fantasizing about being a cowboy. While doing so he unknowingly lassos a roller skate and launches himself down the street, nearly being stepped on by a human, before finally crashing into Cat R. Waul who was just in the middle of using Chula to steal a roasted chicken. Waul immediately changes what's on his menu and tries to devour Fievel until he struggles from Waul's grasp. Waul chases him under a porch, offering to shake hands and make up like gentlemen as if it were all just a misunderstanding, but Fievel won't fall for it. Chula then chases him out and Waul catches him, but drops Fievel after some traffic kicks dust in his face. As he chases Fievel around Green River he knocks over Sweet William and his gang, who are none too pleased, and chase Waul down. Fievel makes it to his house, barely escaping, only to be scolded by his Papa for not coming back on time. Give the kid a break, he just had a brush with death! When Sweet William catches up with Waul and threatens him, Waul offers to help them obtain some food by capturing mice. They later pay Waul to help them trap the mice of Green River.
The Mousekewitz family then departs to the wagon that will take them all to the cheese festival, meeting a painfully stereotypical Australian family on the way. Their son Jack offers to ride on the wagon wheel with Fievel, but Papa makes Fievel take Yasha with him. But before the wagon leaves, Fievel realizes he left his rope in the house. Gasp! You can't leave home without a rope! What if you need to lasso or hog-tie someone? So he goes back to get it, leaving Yasha behind. Unfortunately while trying to reach for the rope Fievel accidently locks himself in a tin box and the wagon leaves without him. Real responsible, Fievel. After calling for help for a while, a menacing cat paw opens the door and reaches for Fievel, the figure is shadowy and menacing. When he opens the box we see it's only Tiger. Tiger asks Fievel why the entire town is deserted and he replies that it's because everyone went to the cheese factory and he's been left behind. Tiger replies "You mean you're home alone?", putting his hands on his cheeks and gasping (which I'm sure is in no way is supposed to remind the audience of Macaulay Culkin...really). He then offers to play a game of Cat and Mouse with Fievel. But didn't he once say that wouldn't get them very far? Apparently Tiger is playing the mouse, because he goes and hides. Tiger tries to hide under a wooden box, only to get stuck, and then captured by Waul and Sweet William's gang! Fievel sees them drag Tiger away and goes to help. The gang administer tickle-torture on Tiger to get him to tell them where all the mice are. Meanwhile, at the cheese festival, Papa and the rest of the family realize Fievel isn't there, and Jake tells them he saw Fievel jump off the wagon and never come back again. Sirus, the mouse version of Crocodile Dundee, offers to help Papa find a way back to Green River.
Back at Green River, Fievel sneaks into the barn Tiger's being imprisoned in, and wonders what the Lonesome Ranger would do. He sees a dog chewing on a bone in the alley. Using his lasso, he ropes the bone and slings it into the barn, The angry dog follows it, attacking Waul and the other cats just after they capture Fievel. Fievel frees Tiger. After they escape to the roof, Fievel decides to pay those cats back. In the meantime we get a shot of Sirus and Papa leaving the festival in a boat, Sirus ranting about capturing crocodiles in the outback along the way. Yes, seriously he does. In the next scene, Waul and Sweet William's gang gather in the barn again, wondering what to do next. Sweet William comes up with a plan to gang up on Fievel, forcing Waul to participate even though he'd rather stay behind and nap. But Fievel is ready for them. When he sees William's two lackies digging around for him, Fievel motions Tiger to lower a mirror from the roof. He then takes out his cork guns and taunts the cats, even repeating his "I'm talkin' to YOU furhead!" line from Fievel Goes West. The two cats run at the mirror image of Fievel and bump heads. Fievel then ties them up. Okay so maybe Fievel really does need his rope that badly. He seems to use it an awful lot. But just then he sees Waul and Sweet William running at him! And it looks really funny in the bad animation. They chase Fievel back into the barn, and Sweet William forces Waul to go in after Fievel by himself. When he does, Fievel jumps onto a pair of scissors which cuts a rope and causes a bale of hay to land on Waul. He stumbles out and into a wagon. So Sweet William decides to go after Fievel himself. Fievel's next plan of action? He dresses Tiger up like a mouse to scare William away. Hey, it worked for Warren for who knows how many years, right? But it backfires, as William sees the mouse version of Tiger as just more food to eat. He slaps Tiger's disguise off and runs after Fievel, leaving Tiger to spin around and comically flop over. William chases Fievel into a mouse-sized store and crawls in after Fievel, but Fievel pulls a few strings which dump oil and flour on him, leaving William coughing and hacking, stumbling towards the nearest water source. After washing his face he sees Waul still sitting in the hay wagon, and angrily pounces on him. As the two struggle, Fievel uses his cork gun to shoot at a lever and send the wagon rolling down the street into a pig pen. But at the last moment, Chula grabs Fievel, taking him into an empty building. Fievel is saved when Tiger opens the door, crushing Chula behind it.
After all of this, Sirus and Papa finally make it back to Green River, and find Tiger and Fievel. Fievel runs into his arms, apologizing for being left behind, but Papa says that the important thing is that the cats didn't get him. Fievel then tells Papa a wild story about how he foiled the cats, which of course, Papa dismisses as a tall tale. Fievel turns to the forth wall and winks, because of course, WE know what really happened.
Not a bad episode really as far as Fievel's American Tails goes, and a good introduction to the series.
The episode can be viewed here, as long as Youtube keeps it up.
This episode starts of with Fievel rushing to get ready to go to school. On his way there Tiger drops down from an apple tree, wanting to play around with Fievel. As he lands a ton of apples fall down on him. Fievel was about to tell Tiger he was too busy to play when they hear a cry for help. Tiger and Fievel climb a fence to see Cat R. Waul about to make a meal of a young rodent (he's not a mouse, but I don't know what he is exactly), who unwisely threatens to tell his father. "From inside my stomach?" Waul replies. He is about to eat the boy when Fievel and Tiger dump a bunch of apples down a water spout and they come shooting out of the bottom at Waul. The boy, whose name is Sydney, runs off, as does Waul as he's pelted by the apples. Chula stays behind, and climbs up the water spout, convinced that they're out of ammo (disappointingly no "Itsy Bitsy Spider" jokes are made.) But Tiger has one apple left, which he drops down the spout, and that takes care of Chula. The apple bounces off the ground and crashes through the shopkeeper's window, and he glares angrily as Tiger and Fievel walk past. Tiger and Fievel have such a grand time that Fievel temporarily forgets about going to school, though when he remembers he rushes off. He's only like two seconds late but the teacher tells him because he's late he can't come back to class until he gets a note from one of his parents. Is that a messed up rule or what? When Fievel tries to tell the teacher he was saving Sydney from Cat R. Waul, Sydney, being the little jerk he is, denies the whole thing and tells the teacher Fievel is lying. When Fievel reaches into his backpack to give the teacher his homework a doll that Yasha left in there falls out, and Sydney laughs at Fievel as he blushes in embarassment. What a prick. So when Fievel gets back home he gets in trouble not only for being late, but for breaking the shopkeeper's window as well. When Fievel tries to explain, Papa says enough is enough and he bans Fievel from hanging out with Tiger. So the next day when Fievel's going to school, Tiger tries to hang out with him again but Fievel has to blow Tiger off, because he's got school, and later homework, and after that he has to help his Papa with chores. Later on when Fievel is helping his Papa chop wood Tiger shows up and tries to help, only to destroy their wood pile. Papa tells Tiger to go away, and so Tiger walks off, with nothing to do without Fievel around.
The next day, a mailmouse delivers a letter to Tiger as he's sitting in his wagon, bored. It turns out to be from none other than Miss Kitty, who says she's coming to Green River! But there's a problem...Tiger has been lying to her in all his letters, telling her he's the Marshall of Green River. He goes to Fievel for help while he's busy with his chores, and Fievel agrees to help. Next, we see Miss Kitty get off a wagon, to be met by Tiger dressed as a Marshall. Waul quickly steps in to greet Miss Kitty and attempt to flirt with her, but she turns Waul down, pushing him aside and walking off with Tiger. Annoyed, Waul realizes that Tiger is putting on an act, and decides to come up with a plan. Later, as Tiger is pushing Miss Kitty on a swing, they hear a faux southern accent cry out "Help help I've been robbed!" Tiger clumsily runs to the bank to find Fievel disguised in a black trenchcoat pretending to rob the bank (all part of their plan of course). Tiger then walks Fievel off to 'jail'. But as it turns out, they're being watched, by Sydney. And he tells his father, who happens to be the shopkeeper, that he'll go keep an eye on them. So Tiger puts Fievel in a bird cage, secretly leaving it unlocked, and goes off with Miss Kitty again. Just as Fievel is about to escape, Sydney locks Fievel in the cage, and threatens to tell both their fathers what he's been up to. The little brat. But just as Sydney finishes gloating, Chula enters the wagon and kidnaps them both!
Later that day, the shopkeeper, Mr. Schimmel, knocks on the door and Papa answers. He says that Sydney is missing and he last say him going off to 'play' with Fievel and Tiger, and then goes on to say what a bad influence cats can be. Uh, yeah...because they usually eat mice? Meanwhile we see Tiger and Miss Kitty just getting back from shopping, and Tiger holding a large pile of boxes for her. Waul sneakishly trips Tiger from behind a building. He then offers to help Tiger with the boxes as if he'd just been passing by when Tiger stumbled on his own, and takes the opportunity to try to woo Miss kitty and get her to sing for a get-together he had planned with the other cats in town. Miss Kitty refuses, until Waul says that Tiger would be welcome to attend. Tiger then begs Miss Kitty to perform, to which she agrees. That night at an abandoned mill Waul hosts the event on a stage that happened to be there, and presents to his audience the special meal for the night, which happens to be a Fievel and Sydney salad! When Tiger takes his rope out to try and save Fievel one of the cats grabs Tiger and ties him up with his own rope, before yanking on it and sending Tiger spinning like the Tazmanian Devil through the wall. Meanwhile Papa and Mr. Schimmel look down on the scene from the rooftop and Schimmel goes down to save his son. We then see Chula in a kitchen, singing to himself. "Someone's in the kitchen with Chula/ Someone's in the kitchen with me/ Someone's in the kitchen with Chula/ And dinner he will be/" Meanwhile, Fievel and Sydney plot their escape. They make their way out of the pot and over to the window. When Sydney tries to go through the window he gets stuck and noisily yells for Fievel to help him. Nice one. Just as Fievel pushes Sydney out Chula closes the window, trapping Fievel.
At that same time, Miss Kitty begins her singing performance, a less-than-impressive rendition of "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain When She Comes". It's definitely not the voice actress from Fievel Goes West. She over-does Miss Kitty's accent too. The performance is interrupted by Mr. Schimmel running in demanding his son be returned to him, only to find himself surrounded by hungry cats. I guess a lack of intelligence runs in the family. But luckily Tiger swings down from the ceiling on a rope and rescues Mr. Schimmel, as Miss Kitty watches, fully convinced of Tiger's lie. But Tiger gets left dangling from the rope as the cats swat at him from below. But just then Fievel escaped the kitchen and finds a giant stone wheel at the other end of the room (why it's there, I don't know), and he pushes at the piece of wood keeping it from rolling away. Chula comes out just then chasing Fievel, and instead runs at the pice of wood and pushes it away. The wheel then rolls forward, chasing the cats out of the building. The day is saved, and Miss Kitty is left very impressed.
The next scene is when Tiger is forced to tell Miss Kitty the horrible truth, that he's not really the Marshall but just a bum who sits around and does nothing all day, and plays with little mouse boys. But Miss Kitty still likes him, and she kisses him on the cheek before getting on her wagon and leaving Green River again. One has to wonder why she left in the first place. Guess because Tiger went back to being cowardly after end of Fievel Goes West? Fievel and Tiger then resume messing around and playing together, and when Sydney tattles on them to his dad, he makes Sydney do more chores as a punishment. Hopefully that'll shut that kid up.
In all, this is one of the better episodes, it had an interesting plot. Though Miss Kitty's portrayal is not too flattering, she's heavily subject to the same personality decay that the other characters in the series suffer from. Seeing Waul try to woo her was quite interesting since he never really showed affection towards her in Fievel Goes West. Expect this to be one of the few episodes that even attempts to allude to any of the movies.
The episode can be seen here, for now.
A short summary from IMDB:
"Fievel plays with his friend Jack's boomerang, which lands near Cat R.Waul's bad cats and Chula the Tarantula in a barn; there he overhears they have plans by the river. So Fievel makes an appointment with his feline friend Tiger to get the boomerang back, but his parents only allow him to go to the river -ignoring why- if he takes his sisters along. As if that weren't troublesome enough, there's a hungry cougar around and the boomerang accidentally awakes a nest of rattle-snakes. When they're all late, Papa and Mama Mousekewitz go looking for their offspring, but don't arrive till Fievel has found a clever way out of all their trouble..."
I have never seen this episode in English, but I've watched it in Italian and German. And since I do know a bit of German, I have a general idea of what the episode was about. Basically, as the summary said, Fievel was borrowing a boomerang from his Aussie friend Jack (who you may remember from the first episode), and while he is playing around with it, it somehow ends up falling into the shirt pocket of Cat R. Waul. In an effort to get it back, Fievel and Tiger take to the desert after Waul. But for some reason, Mama and Papa want him to take Tanya and Yasha with on this fun-filled little excursion. Because what could go wrong? It's not like Fievel has ever been lost before, right? One has to wonder about how good of parents the Mousekewitz's are...not only letting Fievel go on a dangerous trip just for a boomerang, but forcing him to take Tanya, and especially Yasha, with him? Maybe they just wanted some alone time or something *nudge-nudge wink-wink*, best explanation I can think of.
The three of them end up being washed away after the human carriage they were riding beneath of passes through a river, and they're then left roughing it in the desert, facing dangers such as a mountain lion that Tanya is able to chase off with her voice. Meanwhile, after night falls and their kids still haven't come back yet, Mama and Papa start to worry about where their kids have gone off to, and decide to search for them.They'll never learn, will they?
Once Waul discovers them (who has been chased into the desert by Sweet William's gang after cheating at gambling), Fievel goes and hides while Tanya fake-cries and tells Waul that Fievel has been lost. Waul believes them, but soon he has Chula tie them up in his spider web. But Fievel rushes to their rescue, cuts through the web and demands Waul return the boomerang. Waul instead throws the boomerang away, but it somehow knocks some rocks away and reveals a couple of rattlesnakes. Now forced to work together, Fievel. Tanya, Tiger, Yasha, Waul and Chula all run from the snakes. Once they reach a cliff, Fievel gets the idea of using the boomerang and Chula's web to make a zip line that Waul and Tiger go down using Waul's cape while the smaller characters grab hold, and all of them manage to land on a wagon that passes by at that exact moment. Yay for contrived coincidences. They arrive back in Green River just as Mama and Papa are about to leave and look for them. Oh, but Cat R. Waul scoops the whole family up in his paws! He is just about to eat them when as luck would have it Sweet William arrives to give Waul a beating, allowing the Mousekewitz family to escape. And later, Fievel returns Jack's boomerang, and gets to pretend nothing ever happened to it while he was borrowing it.
The moral? Never let Fievel go out on his own anywhere, nor should you let him borrow your things.
Available for viewing in German at least, on Youtube.
It's Fievel's birthday, and while hanging out at his friend's treehouse he decides that's what he wants for his birthday, having already come to the conclusion that it was what he was going to get from his Papa. But Papa had other ideas. Papa somehow becomes completely sure that Fievel wanted a violin, so he makes Fievel a violin. Fievel tries to mask his disappointment when Papa presents it to him, and it turns out Fievel's even worse at playing the violin than Warren. Later on Tiger tries to cheer Fievel up and they begin to play, but Tiger clumsily falls down and crushes the violin. Fievel is terrified of what his Papa will think, and to add to the trouble, the wood it was made from can only be found on a particular mountain. Fievel decides he needs to go there and rebuild the violin. Meanwhile, Papa wonders why Fievel wasn't so thrilled with his present, and Mama knocks some sense into him, telling him the violin was what HE wanted, not Fievel, and informs Papa that Fievel really wanted a treehouse. So Papa decides to go to the mountains for wood to build a treehouse. The same mountain Fievel is going to.
First off a dog goes after Tiger and Fievel for being stowaways, and they narrowly escape. Once they get there, they have no money to buy lumber so the mouse at the lumber shop tells them they need to find the special wood themselves. When they find it, they climb a tree, only to have it be cut down by a human. Luckily their fall is cushioned by coal. While this is going on, Papa is buying the lumber and he gets back onto the train with it. But uh oh...the dog is back, and in the struggle Tiger has with the dog, a lever is turned, and the train speeds forward, out of control. The dog continues to chase Tiger and Fievel, and Papa realizes Fievel's on the train as well. They are able to get off the train and make a narrow escape from it's inevidable crash at green Rivers by jumping into a mailbag. At the end of the episode, Fievel reveals to papa his newly rebuilt violin, and Papa reveals to Fievel his new treehouse.
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Fievel is caught reading Montana Mouse comics in the bookstore that he can't afford to buy, and is heckled by the shopkeeper. This prompts him to beg his mother for an advance in his allowance, to which she refuses. However, a devious newcomer has entered Green River. It's Dr. Travis T. Hippocrates, seller of miracle cures. He happens to walk into the shop and witness Fievel's impression of Montana Mouse, and after charming Fievel's mother, he offers Fievel a job. His job is to hand out free candy to everyone in Green River.
So wait...Fievel's mom not only lets the boy talk to strangers, but she lets him give out candy to everyone from this stranger?? The 1890's were simpler times indeed.
Well as it turns out, soon everyone in town gets the hiccups, everyone but Fievel and Yasha. Fievel takes Tanya to Travis T. for a cure, which he says isn't ready yet but soon will be, and he tells Fievel to bring everyone to his office so that he can sell this cure to them. Fievel does, but after Tiger steals a bunch of the candy and gets hiccups, and after Fievel realizes Yasha doesn't have hiccups and never was allowed to have the candy, Fievel gets suspicious. He confronts Travis T. Hippocrates, who then confesses that the candy gave everyone hiccups, and the 'cure' was nothing but a placebo. He then tries to convince Fievel to join his crooked scheme. Fievel refuses with a firm "But that's wrong! I won't do it!"
Dr. Hippocrates gets an evil grin on his face. "Fievel my boy, I'm afraid that was the wrong answer!" he says, as he grabs Fievel by the shoulders roughly, and Fievel gulps in fear. We don't get to see what Travis T Hippocrates actually does to Fievel immediately afterwards, but Fievel is shown trapped in an upside-down glass jar in the next scene as Travis sells his fake product to the mice of Green River. However, during this time Cat R. Waul has been plotting behind the scenes, and there he strikes, as he and his fellow cats capture all the mice. Travis flees to his office and releases Fievel, who sets off to rescue the mice. Travis later joins Fievel, distracting the cats by convincing them to try some of his hiccup candy. While the cats get uncontrollable hiccups, Fievel rescues all the mice. Travis T Hippocrates vows to go straight, and on the train out of Green River when he almost reverts back to his old ways by giving out candy, he finds that Fievel stole his last pouch of candy.
The moral? Please don't take candy from strangers!
The full episode can be seen here
This one starts out with Mama making a dress for Tanya because the school play is coming up. The play is 'The Legend of Mouse Hollow', essentially a mouse version of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. It is revealed that Fievel's part in this play is (as you can guess from the picture) a mushroom. Isn't he cute?? "For a clumsy fungus." Tanya says. Fievel hates the outfit, and the idea of putting on a play, but he's forced into it. The next day at rehearsal, Tanya sings 'Dreams to Dream', much to Fievel's dismay, and Cat R. Waul happens to overhear. The tune gives him an evil idea. (Another case of the series liking to pretend the movies never happened; Waul acts like it's his first time hearing it.) He decides to put on a show of his own with Tanya as the main attraction, and when the mice arrive, he plans to feed them into a machine that will package them and send them on a train to hungry cats across America. Mwahahahaha!
On their way back home Fievel and Tanya are confronted by Waul, who claims that despite his evil cackling he only wants to be friends with them, and he pitches the idea of Tanya performing in his show. Just then their teacher Mr. Ironside shows up and shoos the children off, reminding them that they're performing in the play. He then mentions going to Grizzly Gulch to find wood for use as props in the play. The scheming Waul comes up with another plan, to get Mr. Ironside out of the way. At Grizzly Gulch he dresses as the Headless Horseman and scares Mr. Ironside into Waul's special packaging machine. Once the teacher is packaged up, Waul tosses the box into a hollow tree trunk and goes on with his plan. The next day when Fievel and Tanya get to school, they see a note on the board saying that the play is cancelled. Fievel is thrilled, but Tanya is saddened. As she's walking home from school, Waul approaches her again with the idea of singing in his play. She agrees. Meanwhile Fievel and Tiger go to Grizzly Gulch to play, and they find Mr. Ironside, who tells them about Waul's plan (he just had to spell the whole plan out to the teacher didn't he?). Mr. Ironside teams up with Tiger and Fievel to foil Waul's plan. Waul had the trap set up next to the train as Tanya sang 'Dreams to Dream', when she was done, the mice would be fed through the machine and packaged. However, Tiger dresses as the Headless Horseman and scares Waul and Chula into the machine themselves, and they are packaged and taken away by the train. Once Tanya's song ends, Mr. Ironside announces the play is back on, and everything goes as planned. Well, almost everything. Papa assures Fievel that one day he'll play a much bigger role than a mushroom, and Mr. Ironside says that Fievel already has.
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The photographer is coming to Green River. But uh oh...Papa and Mama's clothes is still at the tailors, and Tanya is at Music School. Who's going to stay behind and watch Yasha? You guessed it, Fievel is stuck with the chore, and he has a lot to learn about babysitting. First he decides to ditch Yasha by playing hide and seek with her, and then going off to read Montana Mouse comics instead while she wanders off, messing the house up. Fievel hears crashes and goes outside to look for Yasha, but is locked out. When he tries to get back in with the help of Tiger, he falls into a barrel...while Yasha opens the door and crawls outside, wandering into the great unknown! Fievel's getting a little taste of his own medicine now (going up to the top deck of a ship in a raging storm to see the fish anyone?). Like brother like sister, apparently.
Yasha eventually wanders into the lair of a cat gang, headed by a muscular brute named Sweet William. At first he wants to eat the little morsel, but he is soon won over by her babyish charm and decides to keep her as a pet, growing fond of her. While he beats up on his lackeys for even thinking about eating Yasha, Fievel discovers her and sneaks in to rescue her. But Sweet William finds him. Luckily, Tiger helps Fievel escape their clutches. So, they think that they've rescued Yasha, and all is well. But...during the ride back, Yasha sneaks out of Fievel's book bag, and jumps off into a pile of leaves!
This time, she crawls straight into Cat R. Waul's hideout, right as he's complaining about how hungry he is for the taste of mice. When Chula discovers her, he decides to use her as bait to lure bigger mice into his hideout. But when Yasha bites his nose and he yelps in pain, Sweet William overhears, and comes barging into Waul's hideout looking for 'his' mouse. While the two are arguing, Fievel comes in and attempts to rescue Yasha from the glass jar Waul placed her in, only to have it fall on top of him while Yasha crawls away. It looks like the end of the line for Fievel, until Tiger rushes in and announces he just saw Yasha, causing Waul and William to go rushing out to find her first. Tiger rescues Fievel and the two go looking for Yasha again. When they find her, she's crawling onto a teeter-totter-like wooden board. Just then William finds her too, and as Tiger and William rush to capture Yasha first they inadvertantly sent her rocketing into the air across town, landing in a mail bag for the railroad. Fievel rushes to her aid, and just narrowly rescues her as the train comes by to swipe the mailbag. But as he climbs down the wall- yoink! Waul grabs Yasha, saying he's going to eat her. But before he does...Sweet William arrives, and he pounds Waul into a pulp. Yasha lands in Fievel's arms, and William regretfully lets Fievel take her, parting ways with his pet. The episode ends with the Mousekewitz family taking their portrait photograph.
The full episode can be seen here
Gold fever strikes Green River when a lucky human discovers a gold mine, and a small nugget of his gold falls to the ground and bounces through the shopkeeper's window. Mr. Whiskers (who might be recognized from his short singing part in 'Way Out West' from Fievel Goes West) says the gold could only have come from Jeremiah's mine, but is scoffed at. Fievel finds a mining kit, and papa buys one himself, and they decide to go prospecting, as do most of the mice in town. Just before Fievel leaves, he's confronted by Mr. Whiskers, who tells him of the legend of Jeremiah's gold. He says the mine is booby trapped, and that Jeremiah's ghost still haunts the mine, to which Fievel replies "I ain't afraid of no ghosts!" Nice Ghostbuster's reference there, Fie. Cat R. Waul overhears all of this gold rush fever going on, and concocts an evil plan. He creates copies of a map which leads to an abandoned mine, so that when the mice follow the map, they'll be led straight into his trap, and he'll eat them. The wind blows a map Fievel's way, and he follows it along with Tiger, eventually finding the abandoned mine. Tiger chickens out and stays outside to 'guard the entrance' while Fievel goes in. Soon, Fievel falls right into Waul's trap, landing into Waul's hat. Tiger hears Fievel's scream and rushes into the mine to the rescue. However he runs into a lot of spider webs and hits his knee, causing him to howl in pain. Chula overhears this, fearing that it's the sound of a ghost. Waul dismisses it at first, until Tiger falls down a shaft and lands right in front of them, covered in Spider webs and looking very ghost like. Waul and Chula scream and run away. When Tiger hears them scream "GHOST!!", he assumes there's a ghost and panics, running away too. Waul and Chula land in a mining cart and zoom uncontrollably through a roller coaster-like mining track, leading to the outside and into a large puddle of mud.
Meanwhile, as Fievel explores the mine further, he finds his Papa and some of the other mice tied up, having already been captured by Waul. Tiger finds them too, and clumsily strumbles through a wall, revealing Jeremiah's gold, along with his corpse too. The mice are cautious because they remembered Mr. Whiskers saying the mine would be booby trapped. When they hear Cat R. Waul coming, they decide to escape through a hole in the ceiling and come back later. Waul finds the chamber just as Papa accidently falls back into the mine. Fievel rescues Papa by breaking his lantern, the resulting small fire revealing all of the gold in the room. Waul and Chula soon forget the mice, and focus on the gold. Waul agrees to let Chula have one gold nugget, and foolishly, Chula goes for the one in Jeremiah's hand, triggering a booby trap which collapses the entire mine complex (the two villains narrowly escape by falling back into the mud puddle). Everyone decides to go back to Green River, and the shopkeeper gives Mr. Whiskers the gold nugget that started the entire series of events.
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The episode begins with another one of Fievel's famous dream sequences. Tiger is captured and tied up by a couple of feline thugs, when who should come to the rescue but Zorrowitz! Who is, of course, Fievel dressed in a Zorro outfit. He uses his whip to cut all of Tiger's ropes and the cats run away in fear (this is Fievel's dream). But the dream is interrupted by the ringing of a clock tower, and Fievel realizes he's late for dinner. He rushes home, only to be scolded by his father for completely missing dinner, and is grounded for two days. Tanya giggles at him when it happens too. Siblings. Fievel has to come straight home after school, do homework and chores, and is not allowed to play at all. Pretty harsh for a kid like him.
So the next day as Fievel is doing chores, Papa comes home with some big news. The yearly cheese shipment is coming to Green River! And of course this is strictly hush-hush; if any evil, feline, mouse-hungry, scheming British villains were to hear about it, who knows what might happen. Mama and Papa have been selected to help steal some of the cheese from the humans and store it away. Fievel asks to help, but is reminded that he's still grounded. Poor little guy. So later, after trying to carry some flour into a barrel but accidently falling in, that jerk Sydney comes to boast at Fievel. After he calls Fievel dumb, Fievel seeks to prove that he isn't dumb by saying he knows about the cheese delivery. He says the entire plan aloud, which at least shuts Sydney up. But, guess who's listening? Chula was hanging from a web and listening in on the whole thing. So Chula brings this news to Cat R. Waul. And of course, with control of the cheese supply Waul can get the mice to do whatever he wants. Mwahahaha!
Later, Tiger tells Fievel that he found out Waul knows about the cheese because "some stupid kid spilled the beans", and that he's planning on stealing it. Fievel can't tell anyone that Waul knows because they'd figure out it was his fault they knew. Fievel begs his parents to come with, but they still won't let him because he's grounded. But...Zorrowitz isn't grounded! Fievel puts on his Zorrowitz costume, finds a needle to use as a sword, and he's off to foil Cat R. Waul. Waul is on top of a building, watching through a telescope as the stagecoach carrying the cheese rolls into town. Zorrowitz and Tiger dressed in a sombraro follow it as it rolls into a barn. When Fievel's parents and a few other mice in town go to steal the cheese, a web suddenly shoots at them, surrounding them like a net and suspending them in the air. Chula decends and sets off to steal the cheese. But just then, Zorrowitz swings down from the ceiling, kicking Chula away. He sends Chula catapulting out of the window via a pitchfork and cuts the adult mice down from their web net. So, the cheese is safe; the mice leave to take the cheese down the street to the local shop to be stored, and 'Zorrowitz' sets off to make it home before Tanya realizes he's gone.
But, all's not well yet. Chula and Waul personally intervene with the cheese. The mice scramble away, and Chula collects their swag. However, when he drops a box, it turns out to be filled with matches, not cheese. Clever. Meanwhile Fievel makes it home just as Tanya begins to wonder where he is. Tanya leaves to go take Yasha out on a walk, but not before cheerfully rubbing in the fact that Fievel can't come because he's grounded. Tell that to...Zorrowitz! The cheese is actually still at the barn, being guarded by Tiger. As he sits on the box, Chula drops down next to him, without Tiger noticing. He has a little fun with Tiger first, crossing his legs while Tiger crosses his, leaning forward when Tiger leans forward, before yelling "Boo!" Tiger is startled, hits his head, and falls unconcious. Waul then strolls in to take the cheese. When Fievel, no, Zorrowitz gets back to the barn, he discovers the cheese is missing. He decides he'll have to steal it back, by finding an identical box to trick Waul with. After they leave, Fievel's Parents, the Shopkeeper, and his annoying son Sydney show up to get the cheese, but find it gone. Sydney assumes Zorrowitz stole it.
As Waul hides out and Chula tries to open the box, he overhears Zorrowitz and Tiger talking outside. When he looks out the window he sees them carrying an identical box and talking about how stupid Waul is. Waul buys it, but not totally. He sends Chula to find out what Zorrowitz is talking about while guarding the box. Chula overhears them go on about how they 'switched' the boxes and Waul has the wrong one. When Chula tells Waul, he angrily rushes out the door to find Zorrowitz. After he's gone, Tiger and Zorrowitz go in and steal the box of cheese. Waul finds the other box sitting in an alley, and takes it. However, when they're both on their way, they turn a corner and bump into each other! The boxes go flying, and it's impossible to tell which one is the right one. One of the boxes has an odor coming from it. Zorrowitz jumps onto it and tells Waul the other box has the cheese. Of course, Waul doesn't believe Zorrowitz, and goes for the stinky box. Tiger and Zorrowitz then take the other box after Waul leaves.
Fievel manages to get home just before his parents arrive, looking like he's doing chores. His parents are depressed because they think the cheese was stolen. A random mouse from out of nowhere tells Fievel's parents to come to the shop right away, so they do, and the Mousekewitz siblings follow. It turns out the cheese supply has been saved, complete with a letter from Zorrowitz saying he's the one to thank for the cheese. Meanwhile, back at Waul's lair, Waul opens the box with a crow bar. It turns out to be filled with stinky socks! It came complete with another note from Zorrowitz: "Roses are red, violets are pink, these socks should tell you how much you stink!"
The next day, Fievel shows up for dinner right on time. When Papa drops his silverwear, Fievel goes to pick it up for him. And when Fievel hands Papa the silverwear, Papa hands Fievel the Zorrowitz mask! He whispers to Fievel that he is very proud. And then they eat cheese for dinner.
Not a bad episode in all, it's got a plot that keeps you guessing.
Sweet William's gang have been terrorizing Green River even more than usual, and because of this Fievel gets scolded when coming home late from a day of his usual running around rescuing people and hanging out with that "big dopey friend of his" as Tanya puts it, causing a bit of an argument. Mama and Papa tell everyone to stay indoors and try to think about more pleasant subjects. As it turns out Tanya is reading a catalog and sees a hair ribbon she likes. Papa takes it and sees a violin he likes, Mama takes it and sees some pots and pans for the kitchen she likes (and that's not sexist at all), and Fievel sees a "real" sheriffs badge he likes. Meanwhile, Sweet William is planning on buying something from a catalog too, a "mouse slapper". And it arrives just as he's talking about it, imagine that! William opens it and scraps of metal fall out, which need to be assembled, much to his irritation.
Elsewhere, the streets of Green River are in panic as mice run and hide from the cats. Fievel and Tiger are patrolling the streets once again (doesn't that kid ever listen?) when they see a mouse running from Sweet William, wearing the mouse slapper. The mouse slapper is a metallic arm canon that shoots nets out and catches mice, looking way too hi-tech to be from the 1800's, in fact it looks like something out of Mega-Man. He catches two more mice with it and stuffs them into a bag, walking away and chuckling. That night there is a town meeting where the mice discuss what is to be done about Sweet William and his new mouse slapper. (And wait a minute...Schimmel calls Papa "Bernard" during the meeting! See the next episode for more info on that.) They decide to send for a lawmouse to help them. Three days later, William still terrorizes Green River with his mouse slapper. Just when Fievel wonders when the lawmouse is going to show up, he does...and he is awesome. His name is Clint Mousewood. Do ya feel lucky, punks? Just as the whole town greets him, a scream echos across town. Tanya's being chased by one of William's minions! Mousewood hops upon his trusty prairie dog and rushes to the rescue. When Tanya trips over a horseshoe Clint catches her, and brings her safely to her father. But he's not through yet, he goes back over to the cat with a whip in his hand, chasing him down with it. We don't get to see what Clint does but one can presume it isn't pretty, probably nothing that could be shown on a kids show. He comes back shortly afterwards, and asks Tanya if she's okay. She blushes and nervously says she's just fine. Clint tells everyone to stay in their homes until he takes care of Sweet William, and with a tip of his hat to Tanya he rides off. She nearly swoons. Ooooooh Tanya's got a crush on someone!
That night as Tanya is serving the mashed potatos to the family she mis-aims every time, as she goes on and on about how wonderful Clint Mousewood is, even dropping mashed potatos on Yasha's head, with little hearts for pupils as she does so. But Tanya isn't the only one 'impressed' with him, Fievel also is going on about how awesome Clint is (rather than how dreamy he is). Papa is quick to remind them both that Clint told them they should stay inside, to both their disappointment. Meanwhile we are shown the aftermath of Clint's attack on the cat, who is now heavily bandaged with broken limbs. All that with a whip. He's like Clint Eastwood with some Chuck Norris thrown in for flavor. Sweet William isn't intimidated, and sets out to capture Clint with his mouse slapper. But at that same time, we see that the two siblings aren't that different after all, because both Fievel and Tanya sneak out of the house through a window after being told several times to stay inside. Fievel hops on Tiger and follows Clint from behind. Of course it doesn't take long at all for Clint to notice he's being followed. He's got spidey sense. Fievel explains that he wants to be a lawmouse too when he grows up, and all he wanted to do was help. Clint tells Fievel that the best way to help would be to go home, and then grow up to be a lawmouse. Later on as Clint is riding down the street, Tanya runs up to him. Clint tells her she should go home, but Tanya tells him it's awfully far. So Clint offers to give her a ride home. He's so leading her on, what a flirt. Elsewhere, Tiger and Fievel are on their way home when they're ambushed by William and his mouse slapper. Tiger runs off to get Clint while Fievel keeps William distracted, interrupting Tanya and Clint's romantic ride home.Tanya does show concern for her brother being in trouble, and Clint rushes off to the rescue. Fievel continues to taunt William and dodge the nets until William manages to sneak up on him. But Fievel is able to force his way free from the net, because he's Fievel. Just then Clint arrives, dodging the shooting nets and managing to pull the mouse slapper off with his whip. He then challenges William to a duel at sundown.
Fievel and Tiger secure a good seat in the loft of a barn to watch the showdown when they realize William brought his goons with him, who are hiding behind a barrel, and they rush off to warn Clint. William shoots some nets at Clint, who dodges and hides behind a wooden crate. As he does one of the cats sneaks up behind with a frying pan, yelling "Say goodbye!!" Fievel swings from a rope and kicks him into the water-filled crate. My hypothesis, since no one can sneak up on Clint Mousewood let alone while yelling stupidly, is that Clint also sensed Fievel's presense and knew what Fievel's plan was, so he let it happen, because he's just that awesome. The other cat comes at Clint with a bucket but foolishly trips and falls into the crate as well. When William tries to shoot at Clint again, he removes the mouse slapper with his whip once more and it flies through the air, landing on Tiger's arm. Tiger shoots it in all directions until Clint wraps his whip around it and helps Tiger aim. He nets all of the cats to a wall. Clint thanks Fievel and goes to release the captured mice (because you know, the cat gang just captured the mice for the sake of capturing them. What, did you think it was to eat them? How barbaric!), and Tiger takes off the mouse slapper. Clint's prairie dog kicks the mouse slapper into the street, where a wagon runs over it. The mice in town then gather around to thank Clint for saving them. Clint thanks Fievel once again, and hands him a badge, making Fievel his special deputy. And he then says adios, giving a tip of his hat to his 'little lady' Tanya, who blushes. Fievel and Tanya watch him ride off into the sunset, both proclaiming Clint Mousewood to be their hero.
Overall this is actally a fairly entertaining episode. It's too bad when Tanya gets a crush on Clint he has to leave, but he's a little old for her anyway. It's fairly reminicent of her crush on Reed Daley in the fourth movie. I would have liked there too have been a second season just to see Clint Mousewood again. He is that epic.
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Fievel's hyped up about attending a rodeo that's coming to Green River, and starts to practice with Tiger. We also see Cat R. Waul coming up with another scheme to capture all the mice at the rodeo. However when Fievel rushes home to inform his parents of the rodeo, Papa tells Fievel that his sister Sophie is coming to town, and that Fievel will not be attending any rodeos, much to his disappointment. Furthermore, Papa doesn't want Sophie seeing Fievel associating with Tiger, nor does he want her to see Fievel dressed in his normal attire, making him wear a red suit, shorts and bowtie that Sophie had made for him at some point in the past. When they meet Sophie at the train she calls Papa 'Bernie', and he corrects her saying 'Bernard'. This episode is the only other time in the entire AAT series where Papa is addressed by his real name (besides "Mail Order Mayhem"). Fievel seems disgusted with Sophie however, but it's mostly because he'd rather be in his usual clothes and training for the rodeo. That night, Sophie reminisces about how Papa always got into trouble and never got good grades, to Papa's dismay. She then asks Fievel to take her to the store, but Fievel doesn't want to be seen in public wearing that outfit. Sophie tells him he can change into his normal clothes, she doesn't mind. On the way they run into Tiger. Sophie picks Fievel up and tries to run away, falling into a mud puddle. Tiger remembers that he wasn't supposed to talk to Fievel while Sophie was around, and cautiously leaves the scene. But now Sophie needed new clothing. When they get to the store, Sophie picks up a cowgirl outfit, much to Fievel's suprise. She seems less and less stuck up than Papa made her out to be by the minute.
Suddenly as they're leaving, Chula drops down from nowhere and threatens Fievel and his aunt. Luckily Fievel is able to lasso a bucket of mops and pull it down on top of Chula, making a get away with Sophie. Sophie is very impressed, suggesting that he should be in the rodeo. When Fievel says that Papa told him no, she groans. When they get back to the house, Sophie talks Papa into letting Fievel be in the rodeo. The next morning Sophie and Fievel go to get Tiger and they practice for the rodeo. While Tiger and Fievel leave to find something to practoce on, Chula again ambushes Sophie, demanding to know where the rodeo will be. Sophie doesn't tell him anything, and instead lassos Chula, hog-tying all eight of his legs. Later, Waul and Chula find out where the rodeo will be by simply eaves-dropping on Fievel and Sophie. Later at the rodeo, Fievel successfully hog-ties a prairie dog, and all goes well until Chula appears and scares the mice into running away. Waul begins to pick up mice to shove into a burlap sack, until Sophie comes to the rescue. She lassos Waul, gets on his back, and whips him, riding him like he was a rodeo horse. How humiliating. Waul's been reduced to this. He's no longer a refined and sophisticated villain in Fievel's American Tails but Green River's equivelent to Gargamel from the Smurfs.
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This is an episode I've seen before, but it was on Youtube two years ago and has since been taken down.
Fievel has been learning how to ride a bike with Tiger's help, though he suffers a few crashes in the process. Meanwhile Papa is ambushed by Chula, and narrowly escapes by running into a store. Tiger happens to arrive at the scene, and overhears Papa talking about how Chula and Waul are bad news together, that the two need to be separated. Tiger thinks that Papa is talking about him and Fievel, and becomes very depressed. He begins avoiding Fievel, making Fievel worried that Tiger doesn't want to be his friend anymore. Meanwhile we find out that Cat R. Waul is leaving for New York to visit a friend, and Chula is left alone in Green River. He becomes lonely. Fievel catches him while riding his bike, and after a confrontation, the two gradually begin talking, and Fievel agrees to teach Chula how to ride the bike. The two actually start to become friends. And when Tiger meets Chula, they gradually start to become friends as well. Chula makes balls of spider web for Tiger to play with. Needless to say this doesn't sit well with Waul when he returns. Papa eventually tells Tiger that he was talking about Chula and Waul, not Tiger and Fievel, when he was ranting to the shopkeeper, and Tiger and Fievel resume their friendship.
I wish I remembered more, but it's been a long time since I saw this one.
This final episode begins with Tiger being chased by a dog. Fievel overhears the commotion and jumps onto Tiger's back, telling him which direction to turn to get away. They eventually cause the dog to collide with a wagon. A row of little wagon bells fall off the side, and Fievel decides to take them. Meanwhile, as Papa is coming home from the store, a cat tries to sneak up on him. Papa gets away, mostly due to the cat's clumsiness. When he gets home and tells his family about it, Fievel gets the bright idea of putting bells on the tails of every cat in town while they sleep, using his Papa's unbreakable violin strings. That night he sneaks into Sweet William's hideout, and ties bells onto all of their tails, narrowly escaping Sweet William himself thanks to a distraction from Tiger. That morning Papa, thinking that the bells mean that the garbage wagon is coming, brings an old dresser out. However the bell actually was at the end of the tail of a cat. Papa ends up throwing the dresser right into the open mouth of the cat, narrowly escaping back into his home. That is when Fievel tells his family what he had done, and news quickly spreads across Green River that every cat has been belled. The mice of Green River take full advantage of this knowledge, running whenever a cat happens to be creeping up and getting away.
Sweet William's gang realize that the mice know that they're coming because of the bells, and come up with a counter-plan. They begin to walk about freely around town all day and all night, with their bells ringing, causing the mice to be in constant paranoia. They don't try to attack the mice at first, but their plan is to wait for the precise right moment to pounce. Fievel and Tiger come up with a plan. They tell a dog that all of the cats in Green River have bells on their tails. That dog them informs a pack of multi-colored dogs (one's green, one's purple and one's blue...for some reason.) The dogs attack all of the cats in Green River, the sounds of bells and barking fills the air all day and all night, frustrating the Mousekewitz family. Fievel starts to think belling the cats wasn't such a good idea after all because of all the noise, so he sends Tiger to make a deal with Sweet William. Fievel will remove the bells with special plyers as long as the cats agree to stop chasing mice. William agrees, and after Tiger leaves he says to his gang that as soon as the bells are off he'll eat Fievel. The next morning Fievel removes the bells one by one, having the cats stick their tails through a knothole at the Mahoney Livery. After Fievel cuts William's bell, he reaches through the wall and grabs Fievel. But Fievel was prepared for this. Tiger then took the bag Fievel was keeping the bells in and shook it. The ringing attracted the dog pack, chasing the cats away. Later on, Tiger realizes they never removed his bell, which he put on to fit in with the other cats. The episode ends with Tiger running from the dog pack, and Fievel desperately trying to keep up, with the plyers in his hands.
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