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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

An American Tail See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,234,446, 23 November 1986

Gross USA:

$47,483,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,557,295
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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

The dvd and bluray jacket front cover shows Fievel's sister Tanya as she appears in the sequel. See more »

Goofs

The Mousekewitzes boarded the SS Austria, which eventually sank (much like the actual ship did in real life), leading to the separation of Fievel from his family. The film is set in 1885, but the SS Austria, the ship which sank, actually perished in 1858, 27 years before the film takes place. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The following changes to the 2006 DVD and Blu-Ray version have been changed from the original VHS release including.
  • The opening of the DVD features the updated 1997 Universal logo theme song by Jerry Goldsmith, following with the original 1963 Universal title.
  • The Russian cats chasing Fievel through the snow now has a train sound effect.
  • When Fievel gets caught in the storm on deck, the waves make moaning sounds.
  • The original Dialogue spoken by the mouse seller no longer says the line, "Apples anyone?"
  • When Fievel falls on the record player the woman now screams, "Oh my word! A mouse! instead of "Ahh it's a mouse!" followed by 2 townspeople who ask "What's going on?"
  • Jake and Tiger of the Mott Street Maulers are having a conversion right before the camera cuts into the scene with Fievel in a cage crying.
  • The voices of the 2 bully mouse orphans were re-dubbed by different voice actors.
  • The original music score in the end credits by James Horner has been cut off and jumps into the ending theme song "Somewhere Out There".
  • At the end of the credits, 2 company logos called Deluxe Digital Studios, and CP Marcovision Quality Productions appears right before the DVD ends.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Somewhere Out There
(End Title Version)
Performed by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
Produced by Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt's performance courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
James Ingram's performance courtesy of Qwest Records Inc.
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Excellent movie for all ages that will warm your heart!
26 July 2006 | by Catherine_Grace_ZehSee all my reviews

In my opinion, this is an excellent movie for all ages that will warm your heart! When Fievel (voice of Phillip Glasser) got lost, I wanted to cry. Although some of the characters were diabolical, I liked everybody. Well, it's hard to say which character was my favorite. The music was good, especially "Somewhere Out There, "A Duo," and "No Cats In America." In addition to the music being good everyone was cast perfectly, and the direction was flawless. In conclusion, I highly recommend this very touching movie for all ages that will warm your heart to anyone who hasn't seen it. You're in for a real treat and a good time, so go to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with someone close to you, and watch it.


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