The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures
Also known asThe Mouse Adventures (United Kingdom)
GenreAnimation
Adventure
Neo-noir
Mystery
Based onThe Country Mouse and the City Mouse
by Aesop
the same characters from children book
by Random House[1]
Developed byPaul Schibli (adaptation)
Written byJoseph Mallozzi (Season 1 only)
Patrick Granleese
Caroline R. Maria
Bruce Robb
Voices ofTerrence Scammell
Julie Burroughs
Rick Jones
Susan Roman
Holly Gauthier-Frankel
Tom Rack
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
Stan Spry
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)
Original release
NetworkFrance:
Canal J
France 3
Canada:
TVOntario (Season 1)
YTV
Ici Radio-Canada Télé
U.S.:
HBO
ReleaseMarch 1, 1998 (1998-03-01) –
October 27, 1999 (1999-10-27)
Related
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures is an Canadian-French animated television series produced by CINAR Films, France Animation, Ravensburger Film & TV, WIC Entertainment, Reader's Digest, TVOntario, Videal, Motion Pictures, S.A., Canal J, and France 3.

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures aired in the U.S. on HBO (who also provided development funding for the series)[3] from March 1, 1998[4] to October 27, 1999. It premiered in France on France 3 on March 27, 1998.

Storyline and basis

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.[5]

The two main characters originally appeared in the 1993 television special The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale, which was produced by Michael Sporn Animation for HBO. Loosely based on the classic Aesop fable, the television special was also adapted into a book in 1994, titled The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: Christmas Is Where the Heart Is. But the characters were modified for the Cinar series.

Main characters

Production

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures was initially produced as a 26-episode series[4][6] costing US$9 million.[6] Production partners Germany's Ravensburger; Reader's Digest in the U.S., and Canadian CINAR (now WildBrain), which contributed US$6 million towards the original project's funding.[6]

The show's main characters were first introduced in the 1993 HBO special, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale.[4] It was loosely based on the classic fable by Aesop.

Telecast and home media

The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures aired in the U.S. from March 1, 1998, to October 27, 1999, on HBO (who also provided development funding for the series[3]).[4] Until December 31, 2004, HBO's sister network HBO Family aired repeats of the show. The series premiered in France on France 3 on March 27, 1998, and later on Canal J.

In Canada, it first aired on TVOntario in autumn 1997 and also aired on YTV in 1999. Repeats 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, normally at 7:15am. However, all CINAR references in these broadcasts have been replaced by Cookie Jar references, but when Netflix began to stream seasons 1 and 2 on its "watch instantly" streaming service on February 29, 2012, all CINAR references have been restored. It formerly aired on Light TV (now as TheGrio) from December 22, 2016, until October 2, 2020.

Reader's Digest released the first season only on VHS and DVD in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Finland and Australia. Direct Source released every four episodes in two DVD volumes from the second season 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.[7] This 2-disc collection features all 26 episodes from the second season on DVD for the very first time. As of 2022, the show is available on Tubi.

References

  1. ^ About Tish Rabe - the "Singing Author"
  2. ^ "Watch Country Mouse City Mouse, Season 2 | Prime Video". Amazon.
  3. ^ a b Review of Operations
  4. ^ a b c d 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.
  5. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 137. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ DVDs for '26 Mice Tales Around The World' Archived 2015-08-01 at the Wayback Machine