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TV series title card featuring the mouse, Anatole
Title card featuring Anatole
Genre Children's television series
Country of origin
  • France
  • Canada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production company(s)
  • Valentine Productions s.a.r.l.
  • Nelvana
  • Scottish Television Enterprises
Original network CBS
Original release October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03) – June 28, 1999 (1999-06-28)

Anatole is an animated children's television series based on the Anatole book series by Eve Titus. The series was created by Scottish Television, Valentine Productions s.a.r.l. and Nelvana as one of their numerous programmes. It originally aired on Canada's YTV network from 1990 to 1993, and premiered in the United States on CBS on October 3, 1998, and aired through the 1998–99 television season.


The series tells the story of Anatole, a mouse who lives in Paris. He works as a night watchman in a cheese factory. He has a wife, Doucette, and a family of six little mice.


  • Anatole
  • Gaston – Anatole's friend.
  • Doucette – Anatole's wife.
  • Paul – Anatole's oldest son.
  • Paulette – Anatole's oldest daughter.
  • Claude – Anatole's middle son.
  • Claudette – Anatole's middle daughter.
  • Georges – Anatole's youngest son.
  • Georgette – Anatole's youngest daughter.
  • Pamplemousse – Mayor of the mouse village.
  • Edgar
  • Molière
  • Rene
  • Yvette
  • Mayor Soucy
  • Pascal
  • Uncle Louis
  • M. Duval
  • Monsieur Duval
  • Charlemagne the Cat
  • Pierre the Pigeon
  • Otto
  • Gretchen
  • Hans
  • Nathalie
  • Comtesse De Souris
  • Maurice
  • Jacques
  • The Two Crows
  • Nostromo
  • The Bakers
  • Thief
  • Uncle Louis
  • Two weasels
  • Mayor Soucy
  • Pascal


CBS announced in January 1998 that it would return to airing cartoons as part of its Saturday morning programming schedule for the 1998–99 television season, and Anatole was among the new animated series announced. In July 1998, it was announced that CBS would premiere Anatole and the rest of its Saturday morning animated programming on September 19, 1998, though by September the premiere date had slipped to October 3, 1998.


Charles E. Bastien directed every episode of Anatole.

No. Title Original air date Prod.
1 "Anatole's Parisian Adventure" October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03) 1
Anatole goes with Gaston to the cheese factory solving M. Duval's bitter cheese problem and earning himself the position as Vice President of the company.
2 "Sewer Rats" October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10) 2
Paul, Paulette and Claude drift into the sewers, but are rescued by Antatole's friends and a rat named Edgar.
3 "The Mouse Who Cried Wolf" October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17) 3
After a cry wolf case from Claude, Anatole goes to find Doucette, George and Georgette trapped in a toy store while the others return a man his wallet.
4 "Mouse-A-Lisa" October 24, 1998 (1998-10-24) 4
Thieving bakers do a series of art thefts. With help from Claudette's artistic talent, Anatole exposes the thieves to the police.
5 "The Artful Dodger" October 31, 1998 (1998-10-31) 5
The Shadow Thief Elvon is robbing Paris. As a sneaky geezer he gets Paulette to help him out, but Anatole turns the tables on him at his latest robbery.
6 "The Village is Falling" November 7, 1998 (1998-11-07) 6
Humans are digging holes to fix a water pipe. With Molière and the town's help, Anatole and Gaston manage to find it for the humans before they dig up the mouse village.
7 "The High Fliers" November 21, 1998 (1998-11-21) 7
Anatole, Georgette, George and Gaston fix up a kite and fly on it. Two magpies go after the kite and Doucette's homemade medal, but Anatole sorts it out.
8 "Anatole and the Hunchbat of Notre Dame" November 28, 1998 (1998-11-28) 13
Visiting Gaston's cousin Maurice, Anatole finds that Maurice is being evicted from Notre Dame by a bat named Jacque, but Anatole is able to negotiate with him.
9 "The Cheesy Imposter" December 5, 1998 (1998-12-05) 8
Duval's employee Marcel takes credit for Anatole's cheese recipe, but Anatole is able to get his confession and save his livelihood. Meanwhile Paul and Paulette get some cheese from the factory to Mons. Pamplemousse.
10 "The Phantom of the Cheese" December 12, 1998 (1998-12-12) 9
Anatole has a gift for the opera singer Madame Leblanc, but cheese disappears. Anatole finds an singing mouse named Renee. Anatole depends on her to help him recover the cheese from the security guard.
11 "Wild Life" December 19, 1998 (1998-12-19) 11
A monster apparently lurks in the park. It turns out to be a Canadian Beaver named Natalie. Anatole and Gaston help Natalie to the Canadian Embassy before she taken back to the petting zoo.
12 "The Night of Lights" December 26, 1998 (1998-12-26) 10
Otto, Gretchen and their boy Hans visit the mouse village in time for the Night of Lights. A fire started by Hans forces the mice to start all over again, but the town forgives him.
13 "Feline Follies" January 2, 1999 (1999-01-02) 12
A cat show in the park is complicating matters for the mouse village. Comtesse De Souris is escorted by bloodhound while Anatole and Gaston execute a move to repel the cats from the village.
14 "Anatole and the String of Pearls" January 25, 1999 (1999-01-25) 14
15 "The Mousepiece" TBA TBA
16 "Tricky You" TBA TBA
17 "Truffle Treasure" TBA TBA
18 "The Long, Long Night" TBA TBA
19 "Les Mouserables" TBA TBA
20 "Over the Sea" TBA TBA
21 "The Mystery of the Dancing Ghost" April 19, 1999 (1999-04-19) 22
22 "World of Cheese" May 3, 1999 (1999-05-03) 23
23 "Anatole and the New Cat" May 17, 1999 (1999-05-17) 21
24 "Bully for Anatole" May 31, 1999 (1999-05-31) 24
25 "The Perils of Paulette" June 14, 1999 (1999-06-14) 25
26 "My Favourite Mouse" June 28, 1999 (1999-06-28) 26


The series originally aired in 1998, on The CBS Kids Show on CBS. In late-1999 it aired on Premiere 12 (now known as Okto) in Singapore.

It re-aired on the U.S. version of Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004. The series was rebroadcast in 2009 on STV, a Scottish television station, on their wknd@stv strand, and from 2015 as part of the "Weans' World" block on STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.

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