Taz-Mania is an American cartoon sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Animation from 1991 to 1995, broadcast in the United States on Fox. The show follows the adventures of the "Looney Tunes" character Taz (The Tasmanian Devil) in the fictional land of Tazmania (based on Tasmania).
|Created by||Art Vitello|
|Developed by||Jean MacCurdy|
|Presented by||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Voices of||Jim Cummings|
|Theme music composer||Richard Stone|
|Opening theme||"Come to Taz-Mania" by Jess Harnell and Jim Cummings|
|Ending theme||"Come to Taz-Mania" (Instrumental)|
|Composer(s)||J. Eric Schmidt |
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||65|
|Executive producer(s)||Jean MacCurdy|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Domestic Pay-TV, Cable & Network Features Distribution|
|Original network||Fox (Fox Kids)|
|Original release||September 7, 1991 –|
May 22, 1995
Similar to other Warner Brothers cartoons of its time, such as Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania frequently broke the fourth wall, and often made jokes showing that Taz could actually speak perfectly normally when he wanted to. 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.
- 1 Characters
- 2 Episodes
- 3 Video games
- 4 Home media
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Tazmanian Devil familyEdit
- Taz (Jim Cummings) is the central character of the series and appears in every episode. Taz is ill-tempered, tough, and frequently hungry, and has a very big dislike of water, though he is less ferocious and (at times) more thoughtful than his original incarnation. He works as a bellhop at the Hotel Tazmania.
- Jean Tazmanian Devil (Miriam Flynn) is Taz's dedicated, doting mother. Many episodes circle around her speaking on the phone and running through a long list of chores she has created for herself.
- Hugh Tazmanian Devil (Maurice LaMarche) is Taz's easy-going, talkative, and very comical father, whose voice and mannerisms are a parody of Bing Crosby. Hugh likes orange juice (a reference to Crosby being a famous pitch-man for orange juice), golfing, and bowling, and joking around, and he will often overexplain things to the point where he will say "blah-blah-blah, yackity schmackity" to speed things up.
- Molly Tazmanian Devil (Kellie Martin) is Taz's 16-year-old sister. Despite being more refined than her brother, she often shares his vicious and bossy nature, though in a more sibling-rivalry sense.
- Jake Tazmanian Devil (Debi Derryberry) is Taz's playful, very imaginative, energetic, and fun-loving little brother, who often looks up to and idolizes Taz.
- Dog the Turtle (Rob Paulsen) is Taz's pet turtle, who acts like a dog.
- Drew Tazmanian Devil (Maurice LaMarche) is Taz's funny, goofy, very mirthful, and zestful uncle, who talks and acts like Bob Hope as a reference to Hugh's parody of Bing Crosby. Like Hugh, Drew enjoys golf, bowling, telling jokes, and heading out on road trips (often dragging Taz along) in spoofs of Hope and Crosby's Road to... film series of the 1940s and 1950s.
Hotel Tazmania staffEdit
- Bushwhacker Bob (Jim Cummings) is Taz's loud, grumpy, uppity, rude, selfish, lazy, and incompetent boss. Owner of the Hotel Tazmania, he is largely self-centered and thinks very highly of himself, despite rarely doing any actual work and preferring to leave any and all tasks to his staff. His demeanor is a sendup of Basil Fawlty, just as all the hotel segments were direct spoofs of the British sitcom Fawlty Towers.
- Mum (Rosalyn Landor) is Bushwhacker Bob's mother, who is much calmer and wiser than her son. Despite her son owning the Hotel Tazmania, Mum is the true backbone of the establishment. She is often quick to criticize her son, much to Bob's chagrin, despite her accusations typically being true.
- Constance Koala (Rosalyn Landor) is an enormous but gentle-spirited and graceful koala, who is the maid at the Hotel Tazmania. She is quite fond of singing and dancing, despite her dancing often causing unintentional destruction. We see her in the dance class that Molly takes when Taz first takes ballet.
- Mr. Thickly (Dan Castellaneta) is a multitalented, funny, energetic, and upbeat wallaby, who works at the Hotel Tazmania, although his exact job title is unspecified. He considers himself a jack-of-all-trades, always prefacing the activities he does with Taz with an exclamation that he's "an expert." He enjoys doing favors for Taz, but his incompetence usually results in mayhem. He also hosts Taz-manian Theater.
- Digeri Dingo (Rob Paulsen) is a self-serving dingo who pretends to be Taz's friend so he can avoid dangerous situations and discomfort at Taz's expense. He and Taz share a mutual love for bottle-cap collecting. A scavenger, treasure hunter, and chronic collector, he often takes advantage of Taz's strength and rabid nature to hunt rare treasures. Typically, after he gets what he wants, he still berates Taz for bringing it back in a tarnished condition.
- Wendal T. Wolf (Jim Cummings) is a neurotic thylacine who is desperate for any type of friendship. He resembles Wile E. Coyote. When not being hunted by Taz, he usually drives him crazy in his efforts to befriend him. His personality closely resembles that of Woody Allen.
- Francis X. Bushlad (Rob Paulsen) is a white-skinned, red-haired aboriginal boy who unsuccessfully hunts Taz as a rite of manhood. Despite their tribal society, his entire tribe behave and speak like highly intelligent, aristocratic businessmen (his own father is a send-up of Thurston P. Howell, III). His name recalls silent movie star Francis X. Bushman.
- Bull Gator and Axl (John Astin, Rob Paulsen) are two saltwater crocodiles who unsuccessfully try to trap Taz for the enjoyment of zoo-going children around the world (as a rather weak pretense to the massive financial gain the endeavor will grant them). Bull is the leader of the duo, always acting in a confident and cheery attitude even while reprimanding Axl. Axl is Bull's hunter-in-training, constantly naïve, though often subject to Bull's "corrections" (typically in the form of a mallet smashing). They vaguely resemble Laurel and Hardy.
- Buddy Boar (Jim Cummings), as Hamilton Butkus Boar, fancies himself a yuppie, is often seen talking on his cellphone, and claims to be "Taz's best friend". Though Buddy tends to take advantage of Taz at times, he does not seem to treat him nearly as badly as Digeri Dingo does. He was established early in the show, but was seemingly ill-received, reflected in several fourth wall-breaking moments by the show's characters. As such, Buddy's appearances were uncommon. His later appearances suggest he was promoted to the show's producer after he was considered to be an unlikable character on the show proper, and he later attempts to direct an episode featuring Bull and Axl — with catastrophic results.
- Daniel and Timothy, the Platypus Brothers (Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen) are twin platypus brothers (Timothy wears glasses), whose love of do-it-yourself projects usually ends up causing trouble for Taz. They closely resemble Daffy Duck in appearance and manner of speech. A pair of episodes deals with their obsession with the primetime cartoon "The McKimsons", a Simpsons parody featuring a character who constantly shouts "No way, I'm out of here, man!"
- The Keewee, although somewhat resembling a kiwi, this silent bird can run as fast as the Road Runner, often being chased down by Taz in search of his lunch in the same manner as Wile E. Coyote.
- The Bushrats (head Bushrat: Phil Proctor) are a group of bush rats in tribal costume. They speak in an odd mix of real and nonsense languages that are appended by mismatched, humorous subtitles. Their favorite phrase is "Spanfirkel!", which is similar to the German word Spanferkel which translates to "small, young pig, which still gets suckled".
- Willie Wombat (Phil Proctor), originally cast in a Bugs Bunny-like role against Taz, resents this typecasting and greatly admires Taz and his career. His determination to remain pacifistic and polite usually reverts to frustration and rage by the end of his episodes. Ironically, his friendly nature was previously used by Bugs in 1980's "Spaced Out Bunny".
"Looney Tunes" charactersEdit
- Bugs Bunny (voiced by Greg Burson), in "A Devil of a Job", appears as a deus ex machina, driving a souped-up Jeep out of a tar pit, saving Taz, and then asking, "Is this the left turn at Albuquerque?" In Willie Wombat's debut episode, Willie phones Bugs for advice about how to handle Taz.
- Daffy Duck (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) is seen riding along with Bugs in the jeep in "A Devil of a Job".
- Yosemite Sam (voiced by Maurice LaMarche), after Willie phones Bugs for advice, is called by Taz. He is never actually seen. He expresses surprise that Taz has his own show by asking "Ain't you retired yet?"
- Sam Sheepdog (voiced by Jim Cummings), in one episode, was working as a sheepdog. Taz, working as a temporary agent for carnivorous predators, substitutes for Ralph Wolf and attempts to steal sheep from Sam's pen. (A bit of character confusion was at play here, as at one point Sam suggests, "I thought I was a bit too hard on that coyote last week.")
- Foghorn Leghorn (voiced by Greg Burson), because of his name, was mistaken for a hotel critic by Bushwhacker Bob.
- Marvin the Martian (voiced by Rob Paulsen) once comes to Earth on vacation, glad his plans to destroy it failed. His attempts at relaxation are thwarted by Taz's noisy behavior, cajoling him into wanting to destroy Earth again, and his actions indeed cause Earth to explode due to a temporal anomaly.
- Road Runner (voiced by Rob Paulsen) makes a cameo appearance in the show and is caught by Taz. Taz is then about to eat him, but lets the bird go after Axl and Bull try to kidnap Taz.
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.
|Season||Segments||Episodes||Originally aired||Season DVD release date|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||24||14||September 7, 1991||December 7, 1991||May 14, 2013 (excluded "Devil with the Violet Dress On" / "Kidnapped Koala")|
|2||26||13||September 5, 1992||November 28, 1992||August 6, 2013|
|3||23||13||September 4, 1993||December 25, 1993||June 25, 2019|
|4||48||25||September 13, 1994||May 22, 1995||N/A|
Season 1 (1991)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Storyboard by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"The Dog the Turtle Story"||Douglas McCarthy||Written by: Bill Kopp|
Storyboards by: Garrett Ho, Larry Scholl, Douglas McCarthy
|N/A||September 7, 1991||406-401|
|Taz rescues a turtle, which acts like a dog, from a trap and adopts him as a pet, but then the pair visits his outback family and they all rescue Taz from Bull Gator and Axl.|
|2||2||"Like Father, Like Son" / "Frights of Passage"||Keith Baxter||Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Keith Baxter, Bill Kopp||Garrett Ho, Larry Scholl, Douglas McCarthy||September 14, 1991||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||3||"War and Pieces" / "Airbourne Airhead"||Lenord Robinson||Mark Saraceni||Warren Greenwood, Todd Kurosawa, Kirk Tingblad||September 21, 1991||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||4||"It's No Picnic" / "Kee-Wee ala King"||Greg Duffell, Gary Hartle||Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Henry T. Gilroy||Greg Duffell, Ennis McNulty||September 28, 1991||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||5||"A Devil of a Job"||Douglas McCarthy||Gordon Kent||Garrett Ho, Larry Scholl, Charles Visser||October 5, 1991||406-405|
|Taz gets a job at the Hotel Tazmania to earn the money for a motorcycle.|
|6||6||"Battling Bushrats" / "Devil in the Deep Blue Sea"||Keith Baxter||Bill Kopp, Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Steve Brasfield||N/A||October 12, 1991||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||7||"Woeful Wolf"||Lenord Robinson||Gordon Kent, Evelyn A-R Gabai||N/A||October 19, 1991||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||8||"Devil with the Violet Dress On" / "Kidnapped Koala"||Gary Hartle||Gordon Kent, Mark Saraceni, Kevin Hopps||N/A||October 26, 1991||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||9||"Mishap in the Mist" / "Toothache Taz"||Keith Baxter, Douglas McCarthy||Bill Kopp, Art Vitello, John K. Ludin||N/A||November 2, 1991||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||10||"Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty" / "Enter the Devil"||Keith Baxter, Art Vitello||Chris Otsuki, Keith Baxter, Art Vitello, Harvey Bullock, Steve Brasfield||N/A||November 9, 1991||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||11||"Bewitched Bob"||Lenord Robinson||Gordon Kent, Jim Ryan||N/A||November 16, 1991||406–411|
|A new visitor to the Hotel Tazmania has Bushwhacker Bob wrapped around her finger.|
|12||12||"Instant Replay" / "Taz and the Pterodactyl"||Jon McClenahan||Henry T. Gilroy, Art Vitello, Chris Otsuki, Harvey Bullock, Bob Smith||N/A||November 23, 1991||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||13||"Pup Goes the Wendal" / "I'm Okay, You're Taz"||Douglas McCarthy||Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Mark Saraceni, Mary Jo Ludin, Charles M. Howell IV||N/A||November 30, 1991||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||14||"Comic Madness" / "Blunders Never Cease"||Keith Baxter||Henry Gilroy" / "Art Vitello" / "Bill Kopp, Gary Warne||N/A||December 7, 1991||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)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|15||1||"Amazing Shrinking Taz and Co."||Keith Baxter||Bill Kopp, Art Vitello, Alan Swayze||September 5, 1992||406–418|
|The latest invention of the Platypus Brothers shrinks Taz, Bull Gator, and Axl to microscopic size.|
|16||2||"Oh, Brother" / "Taz-Babies"||Lenord Robinson||Henry Gilroy, Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Glenn Leopold||September 12, 1992||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.|
|17||3||"Jake's Big Date" / "Taz Live"||Douglas McCarthy||Henry Gilroy, Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Mary Jo Ludin||September 19, 1992||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.|
|18||4||"A Midsummer Night's Scream" / "Astro Taz"||Douglas McCarthy||Mark Zaslove, Art Vitello, Mark Saraceni, Timothy Williams||September 26, 1992||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.|
|19||5||"Tazmanian Lullaby" / "Deer Taz" / "A Taz-Manian Moment"||Keith Baxter, Art Vitello||Keith Baxter, Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Brenda Lilly, Kristina Mazzotti||October 3, 1992||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.|
|20||6||"The Outer Taz-Manian Zone" / "Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, Part 2"||Keith Baxter||Chris Otsuki, Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, George Atkins||October 10, 1992||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.|
|21||7||"Taz-Mania's Funniest Home Videos" / "Bottle Cap Blues"||Lenord Robinson||Bill Kopp, Henry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Bruce Howard||October 17, 1992||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.|
|22||8||"Hypnotazed" / "Mum's n' Taz's"||Douglas McCarthy, Jon McClenahan||Henry Gilroy, Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Earl Kress||October 24, 1992||406–438|
|Bull Gator accidentally hypnotizes himself into thinking he is a Tasmanian Devil. Taz and Mum get trapped in an abandoned mine shaft.|
|23||9||"Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" / "Unhappy Together"||Douglas McCarthy||Mark Saraceni, Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Mark Young||October 31, 1992||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.|
|24||10||"Food for Thought" / "Gone to Pieces"||Keith Baxter||Gordon Kent, Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Gary Greenfield, George Atkins||November 7, 1992||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.|
|25||11||"Kee-Wee Cornered" / "But Is It Taz?"||Lenord Robinson||Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Bill Kopp, Wayne Kaatz||November 14, 1992||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.|
|26||12||"Mall Wrecked" / "A Dingo's Guide to Magic"||Lenord Robinson||Henry Gilroy, Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Tony Benedict||November 21, 1992||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.|
|27||13||"The Man from M.A.R.S." / "Friends for Strife"||Doug McCarthy||Bill Kopp, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, Evelyn A-R Gabai, Betty Birney||November 28, 1992||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)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|28||1||"Wacky Wombat" / "Molly's Folly"||Gary Hartle||Sindy McKay, Mark Zaslove, Art Vitello, Jim Ryan, Glenn Leopold||September 4, 1993||406–440|
|Willie Wombat is cast as Taz's foil in a semiparody of the original Taz cartoons. Taz gets roped into taking ballet classes with Molly.|
|29||2||"A Flea for Me" / "A Young Taz's Fancy"||Keith Baxter||Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Keith Baxter, Mary Jo Ludin, Tony Benedict||September 11, 1993||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.|
|30||3||"Never Cry Taz" / "Bully for Bull"||Lenord Robinson||Bill Kopp, Art Vitello, Larry Markes, Bruce Howard||September 18, 1993||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.|
|31||4||"Of Bushrats and Hugh"||Doug McCarthy||Henry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Arthur Alsberg, Don Nelson||September 25, 1993||406–450|
|Taz and Hugh protect their precious orange tree from a hoard of hungry Bushrats.|
|32||5||"Merit Badgered"||Lenord Robinson||Henry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Barry E. Blitzer||October 2, 1993||406–443|
|Taz accompanies Jake on a camping trip.|
|33||6||"Devil Indemnity"||Gary Hartle||Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Bill Matheny, Lane Raichert, Laren Bright||October 16, 1993||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.|
|34||7||"Willie Wombat's Deja Boo-Boo" / "To Catch a Taz"||Lenord Robinson||Sindy McKay, Art Vitello, Gordon Kent, Barry E. Blitzer, Paul Dini||October 23, 1993||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.|
|35||8||"The Thing that Ate the Outback" / "Because It's There"||Keith Baxter||Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Mark Zaslove, David Schwartz||October 30, 1993||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.|
|36||9||"Antenna Dilemma" / "Autograph Pound"||Gary Hartle||Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, Mark Seidenberg, Laura Numeroff||November 6, 1993||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.|
|37||10||"Taz and the Emu Egg" / "Willy Wombat's Last Stand" / "K-Taz Commercial"||Keith Baxter||Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, John Semper, Bill Allen||November 13, 1993||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.|
|38||11||"Doubting Dingo" / "Sub Commander Taz"||Gary Hartle||Henry T. Gilroy, Art Vitello, Alan Katz, Earl Kress, Mark Evanier||November 20, 1993||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.|
|39||12||"Feed a Cold" / "Sidekick for a Day"||Doug McCarthy||Henry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Fred Freiberger, Jack Mendelsohn||November 27, 1993||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.|
|40||13||"No Time for Christmas"||Doug McCarthy||Mark Zaslove, Art Vitello, Mark Evanier||December 25, 1993||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)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|41||1||"Road to Tazmania"||Gary Hartle||Mark Saraceni, Kerry Ehrin, Ali Marie Matheson||September 13, 1994||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.|
|42||2||"Taz-Manian Theatre" / "The Bushrats Must Be Crazy"||Gary Hartle||Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Bill Kopp, Mike Dirham, Cliff Roberts||September 14, 1994||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.|
|43||3||"Return of the Road to Taz-Mania Strikes Back"||Keith Baxter||Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Barbara Levy, Marc Paykuss||September 15, 1994||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.|
|44||4||"Taz Like Dingo"||Lenord Robinson||Henry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Harvey Bullock||September 16, 1994||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.|
|45||5||"The Pied Piper of Taz-Mania" / "The Treasure of the Burnt Sienna"||Gary Hartle||Mark Saraceni, Gordon Kent, Harvey Bullock, Earl Kress||September 19, 1994||406–428|
|Hotel Tazmania faces a Bushrat infestation. Bushwhacker Bob drags Taz on a treasure hunt.|
|46||6||"Not a Shadow of a Doubt" / "Nursemaid Taz"||Keith Baxter||Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, Alan Burnett, Jeff Hall||September 20, 1994||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.|
|47||7||"Home Despair" / "Take All of Me"||Doug McCarthy||Bill Kopp, Gordon Kent, Mark Saraceni, Earl Kress||September 21, 1994||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.|
|48||8||"Bird-Brained Beast" / "Ready, Willing, Unable"||Lenord Robinson||Henry Gilroy, Bruce M. Morris, Tony Marino, Rowby Goren||September 22, 1994||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.|
|49||9||"We'll Always Have Taz-Mania" / "Moments You've Missed"||Gary Hartle||Henry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Bill Kopp, Mark Saraceni, Tom Ruegger, Barry O'Brien||September 23, 1994||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.|
|50||10||"Sidekicked" / "Gone with the Windbag"||Douglas McCarthy||Mark Saraceni, Art Vitello, Bill Kopp, Gordon Kent, Barry O'Brien, Gary Greenfield||November 7, 1994||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.|
|51||11||"Driving Mr. Taz" / "Mean Bear" / "Taz Museum"||Lenord Robinson||Gordon Kent, Bill Kopp, Art Vitello, Richard Mervin, Mark Young||November 8, 1994||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.|
|52||12||"Ticket Taker Taz" / "Taz2"||Gary Hartle||Sindy McKay, Mark Zaslove, Bruce Howard||November 14, 1994||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.|
|53||13||"Mutton for Nothing" / "Dr. Wendal and Mr. Taz"||Keith Baxter||Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Keith Baxter, Bob Smith, Barry O'Brien, David Schwartz||November 15, 1994||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.|
|54||14||"Taz-Mania Confidential" / "The Platypi Psonic Psensation Psimulator"||Lenord Robinson||Alan Katz, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, George Atkins, Mark Young||November 21, 1994||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.|
|55||15||"The Not-So-Gladiators" / "One Ring Taz"||Gary Hartle||Gordon Kent, Art Vitello, Sindy McKay, Carol Corwin, Kim Campbell||November 22, 1994||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.|
|56||16||"Retakes Not Included" / "Pledge Dredge"||Gary Hartle||Sindy McKay, Art Vitello, Gordon Kent, Christopher Brough, Jim Ryan||February 6, 1995||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.|
|57||17||"Bushlad's Lament" / "Taz-Mania Comedy Institute"||Keith Baxter||Keith Baxter, David Schwartz||February 13, 1995||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.|
|58||18||"Heartbreak Taz" / "Just Be 'Cuz"||Gary Hartle||Gordon Kent, Bill Kopp, Glenn Leopold, Timothy Williams||February 14, 1995||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.|
|59||19||"The Taz Story Primer" / "Ask Taz"||Douglas McCarthy||Alan Katz, Art Vitello, Mark Zaslove, Gary Marks, Brenda Lilly||February 20, 1995||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.|
|60||20||"It's a Taz's Life" / "Gee Bull!"||Gary Hartle||Gordon Kent, Art Vitello" / "Mark Zaslove, Rich Fogel, Fred Freiberger||February 27, 1995||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.|
|61||21||"Taz in Keeweeland" / "Stuck for Bucks" / "A Philosophical Taz Moment"||Keith Baxter||Chris Otsuki, Art Vitello, Gary Warne, Ron Friedman||May 1, 1995||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.|
|62||22||"The Origin of the Beginning of the Incredible Taz-Man" / "Francis Takes a Stand"||Keith Baxter||Keith Baxter, Henry T. Gilroy, Chris Otsuki, Gary Greenfield, Rich Fogel||May 2, 1995||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.|
|63||23||"Yet Another Road to Taz-Mania"||Douglas McCarthy||Henry Gilroy, Art Vitello, Charles M. Howell IV||May 8, 1995||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.|
|64||24||"Bad Luck Bottlecap" / "A Story with a Moral"||Lenord Robinson||Sindy McKay, Art Vitello, Alan Katz, Steve Brasfield, Glenn Leopold||May 15, 1995||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.|
|65||25||"One Saturday in Taz-Mania" / "Platypi on Film"||Lenord Robinson||Sindy McKay, Art Vitello, Mark Zaslove, Steve Brasfield, Timothy Williams||May 22, 1995||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).|
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.
Three VHS tapes were released in 1993. After the show ceased running on Fox Kids, it was rerun for a short time on TBS in 1996-1997 (after the Time-Warner/Turner merger) as part of their Disaster Area block, and has also been rerun on Cartoon 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.
|Season||Episodes||Years active||Release dates|
|1||13 (excluded "Devil with the Violet Dress On" / "Kidnapped Koala")||1991||May 14, 2013|
|2||13||1992||August 6, 2013|
In the Duck Dodgers episode "M.M.O.R.P.D.", one of the forms that Duck Dodgers turns himself into Axl. In this brief appearance, Axl's vocal effects are reprised by Rob Paulsen. Taz himself appears with Duck Dodgers in the episode "Deathmatch Duck".
- Trusdell, Brian (May 28, 1995). "Focus : Warner's Toon Factory for the '90s". The Los Angeles Times. USA. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
- "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 2013-01-20.
- "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 2013-05-04.
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