Taz-Mania
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GenreAnimated sitcom
Based onTasmanian Devil
by Robert McKimson
Developed byJean MacCurdy
Tom Ruegger
Voices ofJim Cummings
Maurice LaMarche
Miriam Flynn
Debi Derryberry
Kellie Martin
Rob Paulsen
John Astin
Dan Castellaneta
Theme music composerRichard Stone
Opening theme"Come to Taz-Mania" by Jess Harnell and Jim Cummings
Ending theme"Come to Taz-Mania" (Instrumental)
ComposersJ. Eric Schmidt
Richard Stone
Mark Watters
Don Davis
Steve Bernstein
John Given
Carl Johnson
Harvey Cohen
Jerry Grant
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65 (121 segments)
Production
Executive producersJean MacCurdy
Tom Ruegger
ProducerArt Vitello
Running time30 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkFox Kids
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 7, 1991 (1991-09-07) –
May 22, 1995 (1995-05-22)
Chronology
Preceded byTiny Toon Adventures (1990-1992)
Followed byThe Plucky Duck Show (1992)

Taz-Mania is an American animated sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Animation from 1991 to 1995, broadcast in the United States on Fox Kids.[1] The show follows the adventures of the Looney Tunes character Taz (the Tasmanian Devil) in the fictional land of Tazmania (based on Tasmania).[2]

Similar to other Warner Bros. cartoons of its time, such as Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures (both of which were created by Taz-Mania co-developer Tom Ruegger), Taz-Mania frequently broke the fourth wall, and often made jokes showing that Taz could actually speak perfectly normally when he wanted to.[3] 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

Tazmanian Devil family

Hotel Tazmania staff

Outback characters

Minor characters

Looney Tunes characters

Episodes

It has been suggested that this article should be split into a new article titled List of Taz-Mania episodes. (discuss) (April 2020)

Episodes are copyright 1991 (1–15), 1992 (16–47), or 1993 (48–65); note that this does not always correspond with when they originally aired. The series premiered on September 7, 1991, and ended on May 22, 1995.

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
12414September 7, 1991 (1991-09-07)December 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)
22613September 5, 1992 (1992-09-05)November 28, 1992 (1992-11-28)
32313September 4, 1993 (1993-09-04)December 25, 1993 (1993-12-25)
44825September 13, 1994 (1994-09-13)May 22, 1995 (1995-05-22)

Season 1 (1991)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air dateProd.
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1"The Dog the Turtle Story"Douglas McCarthyBill KoppGarrett Ho, Larry Scholl and Douglas McCarthySeptember 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 Bull Gator and Axl visit Taz's outback family and they all rescue him from the pair.
2"Like Father, Like Son"
"Frights of Passage"
Keith BaxterMark Saraceni and Art Vitello
Keith Baxter and Bill Kopp
Garrett Ho & Larry Scholl
Douglas McCarthy
September 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 and Pieces"
"Airbourne Airhead"
Lenord RobinsonMark SaraceniWarren Greenwood & Todd Kurosawa
Kirk Tingblad
September 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 to 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 and Art Vitello
Henry T. Gilroy and Art Vitello
Greg Duffell
Ennis McNulty
September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)406–404
The Tasmanian Devil family heads 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 KentGarrett Ho, Larry Scholl and Charles VisserOctober 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
Bill Kopp, Chris Otsuki and Art Vitello
Filmarion Ferreira
Chris Otsuki
October 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 KentHumberto Delefuente, Warren Greenwood, Audu Paden and Al ZeglerOctober 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
Daniel Danglo
Gary Hartle and Gabi Payn
October 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.
Note: This episode was excluded from the first DVD volume Taz on the Loose.
9"Mishap in the Mist"
"Toothache Taz"
Douglas McCarthyBill Kopp and Art Vitello
Bill Kopp
Garrett Ho
Larry Scholl
November 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)406–409
A woman studies the Tasmanian Devil family in their natural habitat. Taz gets a toothache and turns to the Platypus Brothers for help, but their cures end up being worse than the toothache.
10"Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty"
"Enter the Devil"
Keith Baxter & Art VitelloChris Otsuki and Art Vitello
Henry Gilroy and Art Vitello
Keith Baxter & Flamarion Ferreira
Victoria Jenson, Chris Otsuki & Al Zegler
November 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 eliminate. Mr. Thickly trains Taz to be a kung-fu master.
11"Bewitched Bob"Lenord RobinsonGordon KentWarren Greenwood, Audu Paden, Louis Scarborough Jr. and Al ZeglerNovember 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 and Art Vitello
Chris Otsuki and Art Vitello
Jon McClenahan
Chris Otsuki
November 23, 1991 (1991-11-23)406–412
Bull Gator and Axl film their exploits 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 and Art Vitello
Mark Saraceni
Garrett Ho
Larry Scholl
November 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 and Art Vitello
Bill Kopp
Flamarion Ferreira and Victoria Jenson
Chris Otsuki
December 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.

Season 2 (1992)

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
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151"Amazing Shrinking Taz and 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.
162"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.
173"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.
184"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.
195"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 cannot bring himself to eat. In an "unused" scene from "Ticket Taker Taz", Molly uses her paddleball to scam Taz out of the concert tickets.
206"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.
217"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 is carrying.
228"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 is a Tasmanian Devil. Taz and Mum get trapped in an abandoned mine shaft.
239"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.
2410"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 to grab an egg for lunch. Taz's game of bottlecap tiddlywinks ends up breaking his mother's valuable vase. He tries to hide the accident from Mom.
2511"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.
2612"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 found.
2713"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 have shared since they first met.

Season 3 (1993)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
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281"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 semiparody of the original Taz cartoons. Guest starring Greg Burson as Bugs Bunny & Maurice LaMarche as Yosemite Sam. Taz gets roped into taking ballet classes with Molly.
292"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 Shedevil, but is unaware that she is really Francis in disguise.
303"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 to cheer him up.
314"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.
325"Merit Badgered"Lenord RobinsonHenry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Barry E. BlitzerOctober 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)406–443
Taz accompanies Jake on a camping trip.
336"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.
347"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.
358"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.
369"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.
3710"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.
3811"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.
3912"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.
4013"No Time for Christmas"Doug McCarthyMark Zaslove and Art VitelloDecember 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.

Season 4 (1994–95)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
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411"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 Hugh and he take Taz along on a trip to pick up some orange juice. However, only Taz seems to notice the spies that apparently want the juice they bought.
422"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.
433"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 who is out to get them.
444"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.
455"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.
466"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.
477"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.
488"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.
499"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.
5010"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.
5111"Driving Mr. Taz"
"Mean Bear"
"Taz Museum"
Lenord RobinsonGordon Kent, Bill Kopp, Art Vitello, Richard Merwin, 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.
5212"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, of which Molly wants to relieve him. The Platypus Brothers develop a cloning machine and use it on Taz, creating an army of Tasmanian Devils that are all hungry for platypus.
5313"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.
5414"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.
5515"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.
5616"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 does not seem to grasp the concept of retakes. Mr. Thickly hosts a telethon to raise money for the show.
5717"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.
5818"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.
5919"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 "Taz hate water", so Bushwhacker Bob exploits it as a way to make money.
6020"It's a Taz's Life"
"Gee Bull!"
Gary HartleGordon Kent, Art Vitello"
"Mark Zaslove, Rich Fogel, Fred Freiberger
February 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 to knock some sense into Axl.
6121"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.
6222"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.
6323"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 are going bowling, and the spies are after their new bowling ball.
6424"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.
6525"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

Main articles: Taz-Mania (video game) and Taz in Escape from Mars

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 of one for the SNES and two for the Game Boy.

Home media

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

A DVD containing the 5 to 8 episodes of the series was released in Europe in July 2019, whilst later released in the UK in 2019 under the title "Taz and Friends, Volume 2" as part of the Cartoon Network "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 first time.[5] Season 1, Part 2 was released on August 6, 2013.[6] On June 19, 2020, the third season was announced for a DVD release on August 25 under the company's Warner Archive Collection division.[7]

Taz-Mania home video releases
Season Episodes Release dates
Region 1
1 1991 13 (excluded "Devil with the Violet Dress On" / "Kidnapped Koala") May 14, 2013
2 1992 13 August 6, 2013

Other appearances

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

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 627. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Trusdell, Brian (May 28, 1995). "Focus : Warner's Toon Factory for the '90s". The Los Angeles Times. USA. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 423. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 829–830. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  5. ^ "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 January 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "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 May 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "TV Shows On DVD". www.facebook.com. Archived from the original on February 26, 2022.