Firehouse Tales
Genre
Created bySidney J. Bailey
Directed byKathi Castillo
Terry Klassen (voice)
Voices ofJesse Moss
Michael Adamthwaite
Richard Cox
Narrated byFrench Tickner
Theme music composerTim Kelly
Opening theme"Firehouse Tales Theme"
Ending theme"Firehouse Tales Theme" (Instrumental)
ComposerTim Kelly
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producers
  • Sidney J. Bailey
  • Sander Schwartz
  • Clark James (co-executive producer)
  • For Cartoon Network: Alice Cahn and Peter Kilcommons
Producers
  • Ken Kessel
  • Alan Burnett and Linda M. Steiner (supervising producers)
EditorMyra Owyang
Running time11 minutes (whole)
6 minutes (segments)
Production companyWarner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Original releaseAugust 22, 2005 (2005-08-22) –
May 7, 2006 (2006-05-07)

Firehouse Tales is an American animated children's television series created by Sidney J. Bailey, produced by Warner Bros. Animation as the only original series for Cartoon Network's now-defunct Tickle-U preschool programming block. The series follows three anthropomorphic firetrucks who attend firefighting school.[1]

Characters

Production and background

Firehouse Tales was originally produced by Firehouse Productions, LLC as a 22-minute pilot, created and developed by animation producer Sidney J. Bailey and animation director Clark James. It was sold to Warner Bros. Television in 2004, which following their process, the program was redeveloped as a CG program composited over 2D backgrounds – 26 half hours were subsequently produced by Warner Bros. Animation and aired on Cartoon Network's Tickle-U worldwide.

The original pilot episodes, which never aired publicly, was created as practical miniature sets with computer generated facial expressions added in post production. The original characters cast were: "Pete", "Lakie", "Tip", "Commander", and "Chief McSpeed", while Wiser and Squirt have different designs.

Ancillary products were produced by Bandai (toys) and Scholastic (books).[citation needed]

Broadcast

Firehouse Tales premiered on Cartoon Network's preschool television programming block Tickle-U in the United States on August 22, 2005. It also aired on Cartoonito in the UK from 2006. It has also aired on Star Channel's Starland (formerly Star Toons) block in Greece, RTL Klub in Hungary, RTP2 in Portugal, and more channels in other foreign countries.

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 206. ISBN 978-1538103739.