The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures
Also known asThe Mouse Adventures (UK)
GenreAnimation
Adventure
Neo-noir
Mystery
Created byCinar
France Animation
Based onThe Country Mouse and the City Mouse
by Aesop
the same characters from children book
by Random House[1]
Written byJoseph Mallozzi (Season 1 only)
Patrick Granleese
Caroline R. Maria
Bruce Robb
Paul Schibli (adaptation)
Voices ofTerrence Scammell
Julie Burroughs
Rick Jones
Holly Gauthier-Frankel
ComposerJames Gelfand
Country of originFrance
Canada
Original languagesFrench
English
No. of seasons2[2]
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersChris Jenkins
Jason David Ross
Kate Bosworth
ProducerLisa Taylor
Running time24 minutes
Production companiesCINAR Films
France Animation
Ravensburger Film & TV
WIC Entertainment
Reader's Digest (Season 1)
Videal (Season 1)
Motion Pictures, S.A. (Season 1)
DistributorCINAR
Release
Original networkFrance:
Canal J
France 3
Canada:
TVOntario (Season 1)
YTV
United States:
HBO
Audio formatDolby Surround
First shown inUnited States
Original releaseMarch 1, 1998 (1998-03-01) –
October 27, 1999 (1999-10-27)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures is a French-Canadian animated TV series co-produced by CINAR Films and France Animation, produced in association with Ravensburger Film & TV, WIC Entertainment, Reader's Digest (Series 1), TVOntario (Series 1), Videal (Series 1) and Motion Pictures, S.A. (Series 1), in co-production with Canal J and France 3. The series first aired in the United States on HBO in the United States from March 1, 1998[3] to October 27, 1999. The series then premiered in France on France 3 on March 27, 1998. This animated series was based on the book published by Random House in 1994, titled The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: Christmas Is Where the Heart Is, but the main characters were adapted for the Cinar series.

The show follows the adventures of two cousin mice, Alexander from the city and Emily from the country, who go on adventures around the world in the late 19th and early 20th century, usually to help their cousins, solve a mystery, or stop the evil rat, No-Tail No-Goodnik.[4]

Main characters

Main article: List of The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures characters

Episodes

Main article: List of The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126March 1, 1998 (1998-03-01)May 30, 1998 (1998-05-30)
226March 21, 1999 (1999-03-21)October 27, 1999 (1999-10-27)

Production

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures was initially produced as a 26-episode series[3][5] costing US$9 million.[5] Production partners Germany's Ravensburger; Reader's Digest in the United States; and CINAR (later Cookie Jar Group), which contributed US$6 million towards the original project's funding.[5]

The show's main characters first appeared in the 1993 HBO special, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale.[3] It was loosely based on the classic fable by Aesop.

Broadcast

It also aired on YTV in 1999.

Reruns of the show aired on the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV until September 23, 2011, and mornings in Ireland on RTÉ Two's The Den, usually at 7:15 a.m. However, all CINAR references in these broadcasts have been replaced by Cookie Jar references, but when Netflix began to stream season 1-2 on its "watch instantly" streaming service on February 29, 2012, all CINAR references have been restored. It re-aired on Light TV from December 22, 2016 to October 2, 2020.

Home release

Direct Source released two DVD volumes of the show on February 27, 2007. Season 1 is also available on iTunes.

Mill Creek Entertainment released The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures - 26 Mice Tales Around The World on August 4, 2015 on DVD for Region 1.[6] This 2-disc collection features all 26 episodes from the second season on DVD for the very first time.

References

  1. ^ About Tish Rabe - the "Singing Author"
  2. ^ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N57PWHH
  3. ^ a b c Press release (February 14, 1996). "HBO Sets Out on The Country Mouse and The City Mouse Adventures, All-New Animated Family Series Launching in March". Newsroom. Time Warner. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  4. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 137. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  5. ^ a b c Raugust, Karen (2004). "Financing and Deal Making". The Animation Business Handbook. St. Martin's Press. p. 173. ISBN 0-312-28428-4. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  6. ^ DVDs for '26 Mice Tales Around The World' Archived 2015-08-01 at the Wayback Machine