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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

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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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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Gross USA:

$47,483,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,542,002
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene of the ship's arrival in America (at Castle Garden) is based on a photograph in Christian Weekly magazine from March 28, 1874. On the barge is written, Einwanderer Beforderung, which means "Immigrant Transfer" in German. 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: 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 Nostalgia Critic: Jurassic Park III (2014) 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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A celebration of the American Dream
16 March 2001 | by 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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