A Canadian/French cartoon from Cinar and France Animation that ran on HBO from 1997-1999, concerning two anthropomorphic mice cousins named Emily and Alexander, who travel all over the globe to visit their foreign cousins and said cousins human child friend, and help them solve problems that said friend and their family is dealing with, as well as problems brewing in their own mice society, often caused by their arch nemesis, No-Tail No-Goodnik.
This show provides examples of:
- Big Bad: No-Tail No-Goodnik is the most recurring antagonist of the series, and usually the one causing trouble for the kid's family whenever there's no human adult antagonist.
- City Mouse: Alexander is a literal example, though ironically, he seems to have more trouble adjusting to and understanding modern concepts and inventions than rural ones!
- Country Mouse: Emily is a literal example, but she usually adjusts to whatever setting they're in far better than Alexander.
- Deadpan Snarker: Both cousins, but Alexander more so.
- Detective Animal: Emily and Alexander aren't formally this, but each episode involves them investigating the troubles the kid's parents are experiencing and deducing/apprehending the culprit.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: The whole murine cast, except for the Balinese mice (and Emily when she disguises herself as one), who are Barefoot Cartoon Animals.
- In Name Only: If you're looking for animated series that's heavily derivative from the Aesop Fable of the same name...look somewhere else. The fact that the series involves rural and urban mouse who are cousins is pretty much the only thing remotely similar to the original fable.
- Invisible to Adults: The mice only speak to human children in the series, although Santa and Mrs. Claus are exempt from this rule, because the mice like to think of them as "the world's oldest kids."
- Mouse World: The mice in the series live in one that's very similar to that of An American Tail.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Some of the humans the gang helps out are famous historical figures, such as Harry Houdini, George Washington Carver, the Lumiere Brothers, Arthur Conan Doyle and more.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: No-Tail's disguises are absolutely pathetic to say the least, yet the only suspicion Emily and Alexander have when encountering him in one is "I have a feeling I've seen that rat before", only realizing it for sure whenever his fake tail comes off.
- Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: Something of an amalgamation of Levels 3 and 6. On the level 3 aspect, the rodents live in a Mouse World and seem to be the only creatures who are civilized and can speak to each other. On the Level 6 aspect, the mice do talk to certain human children, but not to adults. It's never quite clear whether they can't speak to adults, or simply choose not to.
- Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: The mouse characters are all borderline Little Bit Beastly. They're essentially very short humans with mouse heads, Four-Fingered Hands, and tails, and are capable of communicating with humans (or at least human kids). All animals other than mice are at the other end, being entirely normal animals with the very rare exception, like a talking (but otherwise non-anthropomorphic) magpie in the second episode.
- Strictly Formula: Emily and Alexander visit a relative of theirs from a certain country, be it Switzerland, Paris, Russia, North America, etc., as well as their cousin's human child friend whose parents/guardians are of notoriety in some way or another. Things go well at first, but it is soon discovered that someone has it out for the kid's guardian, be it wanting them out of the way so they will not overshadow their own contributions, wanting to steal whatever idea they have for their own, or just needing someone to use as a fall guy for their crimes, and it's up to Emily, Alexander, and the relative they are visiting to help deduce who's behind the escapades and stop them just in the nick of time, as well as their arch nemesis No-Tail sometimes, who's causing trouble for the mouse society they're visiting. The episode ends with Emily and Alexander happily discussing their trip back home.