Disney's Coyote Tales (found Disney Channel extended version of "The Coyote's Lament" animated short; 1991)
Logo for the TV film.
Date found: Dec 2016 (German) / 20 Aug 2017 (English)
Found by: Unknown/TayoEXE
Disney’s Coyote Tales was a TV movie directed by Robert Heath that aired on the Disney Channel in 1991. It was an extended remake of "The Coyote’s Lament", an episode of the 1961 anthology series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. Until this remake, "The Coyote’s Lament" was the last time that the characters Bent-Tail the Coyote and his son Bent-Tail Junior would make an animated appearance.
The TV movie was made with re-cut and re-dubbed footage of the original episode, but instead of being voiced by Walt Disney, the coyotes were now voiced by Jim Cummings, known for voicing many other Disney characters among other roles.
Like the original, Coyote Tales begins with a pack of coyotes sitting up on a hill performing the song "Yip Yip Yip Yowl" before being interrupted by Mickey’s dog Pluto barking in the distance. Among the Coyotes are an elderly Bent-Tail and an adult Junior who has a son of his own now. Both Bent-Tail and Junior teach the pup to be proud of being a coyote by telling him various different stories where they’ve had run-ins with Pluto which are foretold through a marathon of their old cartoons as flashbacks. Unlike the original, the movie also featured other classic Disney cartoons like The Whalers, Beezy Bear, and Lambert the Sheepish Lion.
Availability and Discovery
While the original "Coyote’s Lament" has surfaced, Coyote Tales didn't resurface for a long time. It hasn't re-aired on the Disney Channel since 1996, and no footage has surfaced on a public website like YouTube.
The film has been broadcast very rarely in Germany, as recently as December 2016. That broadcast was recorded and is available below.
As of August 2nd, 2017, one minute of the English version of Coyote Tales had surfaced via a camera recording from TayoEXE. The tape was finally ripped and released on August 19th, 2017; however, it was taken down by Disney minutes later. On August 20th, he uploaded the full recording on Google Drive.
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- Google Drive link to the English version of Coyote Tales.
- Link to the German dub of the film.
- The film's IMDb page.
- Article on various children's shows that aired in August 1996. Retrieved 11 Dec '16
- List of Australian Walt Disney Cartoon Classics releases. Retrieved 11 Dec '16