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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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Feivel, der Mauswanderer  »

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$47,483,002 (USA)
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During production, director Don Bluth staged a demonstration of the difference between limited TV animation and the full animation used in the film. He had his staff stack up animation cels by his feet into two piles, one representing two minutes of limited animation, the other two minutes of full animation. The TV pile reached only to Bluth's shoelaces; the film pile went all the way up to eye level. See more »

Goofs

When the cats are hanging on the anchor, on their way to Hong Kong, Digit says that he needs to start learning how to count in Chinese, and starts counting some coins. However, Digit starts counting in Mandarin, while the majority of speakers in Hong Kong speak Cantonese. 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 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Finds Her Mom! (2016) See more »

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Stars and Stripes Forever
Music by John Philip Sousa (uncredited)
Performed by H. M. Royal Marines
Conducted by Lt. Col. G.A.C. Hoskins, R.M.
Courtesy of Angel Records/EMI Records, Ltd.
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has a charm that is totally undeniable and appealing for (most) children
31 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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