I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Phoenix Films came from a shop of the same name in deepest, darkest Wigan in Lancashire. The owner of the business is a member of this forum (but forgot his name) and I'm sure he can put the record straight. I do seem to remember they released a few shorts.
posted April 23, 2009 06:48 AM
Wow, Osi, what a discovery.
The Little Mole is my daughter's favorite cartoon. In Czech Republic, Mole is bigger than Mickey Mouse. The original pilot was produced in the late fifties as an animated institutionnal film for the linen fabric industry. Since then, there's been dozens of episodes with varying length, from the standard 7-8 minutes (such as the Xmas tree, with Mouse and the Raven) to nearly 40 minutes ("Mole in the City", an obvious hommage to Jacques Tati's films "Playtime" and "My Uncle").
Some of them were spliced together and released theatrically here a couple of years ago. The DVD boxed set (nearly 6 hours of Mole Madness) was one of the biggest selling items last Xmas.
Thanks for opening this thread as it points me towards another very collectable series... Let's hope we can learn more about this company.
posted November 09, 2015 03:42 PM
Just seen this after 6 years or so!. I was Phoenix Films from Wigan, but didn't release the Czech Mole series...I released a few Flip The Frog cartoon, a God Save The Queen trailer, and a couple of other shorts in the early 1980s. Until I read this thread today I didn't know there was an American company called Phoenix as well !!