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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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Cast

Cast overview:
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)
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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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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 »


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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feivel, der Mauswanderer  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$47,483,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,542,002
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Erica Yohn's work as a Russian gypsy on a TV show attracted the attention of Don Bluth and John Pomeroy. See more »

Goofs

When Warren T. Rat sees Fievel through his mirror, the reflection is not reversed (note the position of the gold teeth). 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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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 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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