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An American Tail (1986)

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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Warren T. Rat (voice)
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Honest John (voice)
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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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A holiday event from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. See more »


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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feivel, der Mauswanderer  »

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$47,483,002 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pat Musick, the voice of Tony Toponi, based his New York accent on a childhood friend of hers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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