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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Credited cast:
Erica Yohn ...
Amy Green ...
Henri (voice)
Warren T. Rat (voice)
Digit (voice)
Moe (voice)
Pat Musick ...
Tony Toponi (voice)
Cathianne Blore ...
Bridget (voice)
Honest John (voice)
Tiger (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tanya (singing voice)


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Meet Fievel. In his search to find his family, he discovered America. See more »


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Release Date:

21 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feivel, der Mauswanderer  »

Box Office


$47,483,002 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don Bluth:  [object]  Fievel's hat. See more »


In the establishing shot of the water tower where Bridget leaves Fievel, the moon is high in the sky. A couple of shots later, as Fievel starts singing "Somewhere Out There", the moon is just rising over the horizon. See more »


[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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Followed by Fievel's American Tails (1992) See more »


Somewhere Out There
(End Title Version)
Performed by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
Produced by Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt's performance courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
James Ingram's performance courtesy of Qwest Records Inc.
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This film is an animation classic
17 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

Not only is An American Tail easily one of the best animated features ever made, but it proves to be leaps beyond the efforts of recent Disney movies by refusing to be constricted to an all-too-familiar formula. This movie does not stay within the cozy, comfortable guidelines that Disney adheres to in order to make money. Instead, it tells a truly unique tale, one not borrowed from any other source, and one overflowing with artistic wonder and originality.

The characters you will see here are not stock, not pulled from the typical Disney hat. The story is not a chuckle-a-minute, lowbrow attempt to take the easy way out in pandering to children. The main character, Fievel, suffers real hardships and tragedy, and stares into the despair of his own soul before the movie is finished. This, of course, makes the ending that much more satisfying, an infinitely more significant and authentic moment than any cardboard cut-out Disney plot.

If you want to see what animation was meant to be as an art form, if you want to feel the power and emotion that can truly be reaped from this under-appreciated and over-commercialized medium, look no further than An American Tail.

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