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An American Tail (1986)

G  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Drama  |  21 November 1986 (USA)
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While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.

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Tiger (voice)
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Tanya (singing voice)
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Storyline

Fievel is a young Russian mouse separated from his parents on the way to America, a land they think is without cats. When he arrives alone in the New World, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and running and dodging the cats he thought he'd be rid off. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Un cuento americano  »

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$47,483,002 (USA)
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Trivia

Don Bluth:  [children]  Fievel is separated from his parents throughout most of the film and there are also several orphans in New York. See more »

Goofs

The Mousekewitzes boarded the SS Austria, which eventually sank (much like the actual ship did in real life), leading to the separation of Fievel from his family. The film is set in 1885, but the SS Austria, the ship which sank, actually perished in 1858, 27 years before the film takes place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mama Mousekewitz: Fievel! Tanya! Stop that twirling, twirling! I mean it!
Papa Mousekewitz: But Mama, it's Hannukah.
Mama Mousekewitz: For you, every night is Hannukah.
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere Out There
Music by James Horner and Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Performed by Phillip Glasser and Betsy Cathcart
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Stop calling this a Disney movie!
19 February 2004 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

I agree that the standards set by Walt and his animators are the only ones that matter when it comes to judging animated films, and I had trouble accepting this to, but there are OTHER ANIMATION COMPANIES!! No one would dare describe "Shrek" (which sucked) as a Disney movie, so let's leave Don Bluth alone, okay?

Having said that, this movie is absolutely wonderful. A heartwarming story, beautiful songs (including the now standard "Somewhere Out There") great performances and the animation is stellar. Much darker and grittier than any story Disney would even dream of making, it revolves around an immigrant mouse named Fievel, whose family comes to America to escape oppression ("In America," says Poppa, "There are no cats."). Fievel learns the hard way that America has its problems, too.

In my opinion, this movie is worth seeing solely for Dom DeLuise's characterization of the soft-hearted alley cat Tiger. All in all, this is probably the best Don Bluth has ever made.


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