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


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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un cuento americano  »

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$47,483,002 (USA)
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Trivia

The opening scene of the ship's arrival in America (at Castle Garden) is based on a photograph in Christian Weekly magazine from March 28, 1874. On the barge is written, Einwanderer Beforderung, which means "Immigrant Transfer" in German. See more »

Goofs

While inside the bottle floating in the ocean, and after washing up on Ellis Island, Feivel's hat is nowhere to be seen. It inexplicably reappears during "Never Say Never Again". 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Say Never
Music by James Horner and Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Performed by Christopher Plummer and Phillip Glasser
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has a charm that is totally undeniable and appealing for (most) children
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As a kid I watched this film many times, as it had four key things that it had (and still has) going for it: 1) a story that does not skim on really putting peril for the characters (the separation sequence on the ship is absorbing, but also devastating if you're heavily invested in Fievel and his father); 2) good songs that aren't too preachy, and with enough emotional tug to be Disney-like, but unusual or unexpected in some of the styles of; 3) how the characters are animated- I love the variety given to the different mice and cats and how the humans are wisely left in the shadows or with just a hand or a foot; and 4) the comedy in the film balances without a fault with the comedy. In terms of subject matter, there is a lot of historical background information that kids today may have no care for, but it doesn't matter; Fievel and his family could be any immigrant mouse family, and really the core of the story (the importance of family and love) is what carries it through. And because of this balance between comedy and drama- there are allusions to the Pogroms in Russia, the struggles of the immigrant working life in 19th century America, and racism, but voices like Madeline Kahn and Dom DeLouise are featured in key roles- it may throw some in the audience off, or be too much on a first viewing. It may not even be a 'great' film. Yet as expertly Don Bluth directed hand-drawn animation, with a big heart and a bright, and dark, story of mice versus cats, it has a wonderment about it that should be appealing almost twenty years down the line. It's certainly better than the sequel, which is all slapstick as opposed to being comic-tragic, which also has an appeal for some older kids and adults.


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