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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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Credited cast:
Erica Yohn ... Mama Mousekewitz (voice)
... Papa Mousekewitz (voice)
Amy Green ... Tanya Mousekewitz (voice)
... Fievel Mousekewitz (voice)
... Henri (voice)
... Warren T. Rat (voice)
... Digit (voice)
... Moe (voice)
Pat Musick ... Tony Toponi (voice)
Cathianne Blore ... Bridget (voice)
... Honest John (voice)
... Gussie Mausheimer (voice)
... Tiger (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Tanya (singing voice)
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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:

Feivel, der Mauswanderer  »

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Gross USA:

$47,483,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,542,002
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Jay voices the larger of the three mice who own the factory. See more »

Goofs

During the song "Never say never" The Statue of Liberty's tablet is visible behind Fiever. The Tablet shows JULY IV MDCCLXXVI, true to real life. However, a moment later, the numerals read MDCCLXXV. 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

Referenced in Babar: The Movie (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

There Are No Cats in America
Music by James Horner and Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Performed by Nehemiah Persoff, Johnny Guarnieri, and Warren Hays
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Warm family cartoon is definitely a winner
1 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I was introduced to An American Tail after perpetually reading the 'book' of the second film, Feivel Goes West. I can't say which one I enjoyed more although at the time, I think I was seven, but this one I understood a lot better.

The sweet-hearted tale of a family of Russian mouse emigrants who travel to America, the 'land of opportunity' but on their way lose their son, really manages to perk up your day. It has all the classic elements of a family flick: great characters, wonderful score and songs, and of course a happy ending (You can't say you didn't expect that).

In some ways it's meant to be almost a satire, a parallel story of many Russian immigrant families who flee to America from the Cossacks: there is actually a scene in the beginning involving the ransacking of a Russian village by Cossacks, aided of course, as most history books conveniently omit, by their vicious slavering cats who destroy the mouse population. This satire is slightly lost once they reach America, but the simple plot of the mouse boy trying to find his family again works very well. It's quite frustrating at times as we see how close they all come to running into each other; a split second here and a well-timed door slamming there, and it could have been all over in thirty minutes of screen time. But where would be the movie in that?

Lastly, the voice cast does a great job. While I personally think the sequel had a better cast, An American Tail boasts some fine names as well - Dom DeLuise and Nehemiah Persoff who also did the sequel, Christopher Plummer, and Madeline Kahn all combine for a great effect. It's not necessary to see this to also see the sequel but it definitely deserves to be watched. Touching, light-hearted and with one of the most beautiful theme songs you will ever hear, it's a winner. ***1/2 / *****


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