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This retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic fairy tale has the digit-sized heroine evading the clutches of various toads, moles, and beetles before she can proceed with her courtship with her dream lover, Prince Cornelius.
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
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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 »
Dom DeLuise had worked previously with Don Bluth in The Secret of NIMH (1982), and DeLuise even added material to the script at various points. During the song A Duo, he suggested they stop the music where the lyrics mention "back scratch" and have Fievel actually scratch Tiger's back. See more »
During the storm sequence, there are two mice playing checkers below decks. In the first close-up the board is filled with red pieces, most of them crowned. Then, when the boards slides with the waves, the wider shot shows the game almost empty, with only three or four red pieces. See more »
The first half of the end credits feature period engravings of what New York City looked like in the 1880s. See more »
The 2006 DVD release includes a remastered 5.1 soundtrack, both in Dolby Digital and DTS. It also has some dialogue changes compared to the original, most noticeably: Extra dialogue that was recorded but never used, and different voices for the orphans towards the end of the film (adults instead of kids - these are actually the original voices, which were replaced by children after the scene was animated). See more »
Don Bluth's best in my opinion, despite one major flaw.
"An American Tail" was Don Bluth's second animated feature since leaving Disney, and, in my opinion, it is his best. It's got the most heart out of all of his movies. It's got the Oscar-nominated song "Somewhere Out There" and the main character of Fievel. This character just warms my heart and I can easily feel for him. Don Bluth has made only three very good animated features: this movie, "The Secret of NIMH", and "The Land Before Time". But "An American Tail" tops them both. No matter how predictable or sentimental the story is, I always get caught up in it. The sequel was good, but it was more like a fast-paced western comedy with some one-liners and such sight gags. The original is the better film in my opinion. Only complaint: one too many chase scenes with Fievel and other mice running from cats.
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