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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.

Director:

Don Bluth

Writers:

Judy Freudberg (screenplay), Tony Geiss (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Erica Yohn Erica Yohn ... Mama Mousekewitz (voice)
Nehemiah Persoff ... Papa Mousekewitz (voice)
Amy Green Amy Green ... Tanya Mousekewitz (voice)
Phillip Glasser ... Fievel Mousekewitz (voice)
Christopher Plummer ... Henri (voice)
John Finnegan ... Warren T. Rat (voice)
Will Ryan ... Digit (voice)
Hal Smith ... Moe (voice)
Pat Musick Pat Musick ... Tony Toponi (voice)
Cathianne Blore Cathianne Blore ... Bridget (voice)
Neil Ross ... Honest John (voice)
Madeline Kahn ... Gussie Mausheimer (voice)
Dom DeLuise ... Tiger (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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This holiday season Universal Pictures brings you a very special motion picture experience. The first animated feature film presented by Steven Spielberg. An American Tail, the story of one family's journey to America, and Fievel, their son, who got lost along the way. An American Tail, a Don Bluth film, coming this Thanksgiving. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feivel, der Mauswanderer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$47,483,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,542,002
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS-Stereo (re-release) (1997)| DTS (re-release) (1997)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Madeline Kahn (the voice of Gussie Mausheimer) and Christopher Plummer (the voice of Henri the pigeon) would go on to voice characters in Pixar films. Kahn voiced Gypsy the gypsy moth in A Bug's Life (1998) and Plummer voiced Charles Muntz, the villain in Up (2009). Also, Cathy Cavadini (the voice of Tanya in the sequel, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) ) did additional voices in Finding Dory (2016) and Cars 3 (2017) (the former of which is directed by Andrew Stanton who also co-directed A Bug's Life (1998)) Also, John Cleese (the voice of Cat R. Waul) in Fievel Goes West) starred with Kahn's A Bug's Life female co-star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Planes (2013) See more »

Goofs

The American Flags shown at the Statue of Liberty is a modern 50 state flag. The film is set in the 1885-1886 time frame. During that time frame there were only 38 states. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mama Mousekewitz: Tanya, Fievel! Will you stop that twirling, twirling! Uh, no. No more, that's it. Time for bed, come.
Papa Mousekewitz: But Mama, it's Hanukkah.
Mama Mousekewitz: For you, every night is Hanukkah. Papa? Enough already. They'll never get to sleep.
Papa Mousekewitz: All right, all right.
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the end credits feature period engravings of what New York City looked like in the 1880s. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Rock-A-Doodle (2009) 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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Stop calling this a Disney movie!
19 February 2004 | by Bondorf39See 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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