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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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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 <>

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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:

Un cuento americano  »

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$47,483,002 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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The scene in which Fievel presses up against a window to look into a classroom filled with American "schoolmice" is based on a story Steven Spielberg remembered about his grandfather, who told him that Jews were only able to listen to school lessons through open windows while sitting outside in the snow. See more »


When Warren T. Rat sees Fievel through his mirror, the reflection is not reversed (note the position of the gold teeth). 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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Referenced in Final Cut (1989) See more »


A Duo
Music by James Horner and Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Performed by Dom DeLuise and Phillip Glasser
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A celebration of the American Dream
16 March 2001 | by (Kingston, Jamaica) – See all my reviews

As a non-American who has heard so often of The American Dream, I saw this movie as a celebration of that dream. The flight of the poor and oppressed (and Jewish?) from Europe to the proposed Land of Freedom and Wealth (There are no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese?) to find more poverty and oppression (workhouses, cats and workhouse tout Warren T. Rat), but with the opportunity to do something about it that they did not have in the old country.

The song "Somewhere Out There" is quite perfectly matched with Fyvel and his family searching for each other, and the version heard in the movie is rather more expressive than the released single.

It is not necessarily fun for the whole family. Children will find it fun. Adults will find it interesting, not so much in fun as in pride and awareness, at least if they are Americans .

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