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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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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 Steven Spielberg and Don Bluth bring you a magical experience. A musical journey. And a story that will live in your heart forever. 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:

Feivel, der Mauswanderer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$47,483,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,542,002
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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

CASTLE THUNDER: It is heard a few times in the film, it is first clap of thunder as the storm hits the boat, and a variation is heard again when Fievel first sees the fish on the flooded deck of the boat, and once more right before the wave monster rams right into the ship, knocking Fievel overboard. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: That's Not All, Folks! (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

A Duo
Music by James Horner and Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Performed by Dom DeLuise and Phillip Glasser
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An adventurous and heartwarming masterpiece

After the darker and epic masterpiece "The Secret of NIMH", he teams up with Steven Spielberg (who directed the heartwarming E.T. and the shark monster "Jaws" and would later direct the adaptation of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park) along with David Kirschner to direct the idea he came up with known as "An American Tail".

It takes place in Russian in the year 1885 where a family of mice gets chased out of their homes by the cats. On the way to America, a land where they think has no cats, a young mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz gets separated from his parents on the way. When he arrives alone in the New World, however, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and running and dodging the cats he thought he'd be rid off.

Since this is Bluth/Spielberg's first team up to make an animated film, it's an amazing effort from the greatest directors in the history of cinema. The story was so touching while having funny moments, scary moments, and very sad moments. The animation is breathtakingly beautiful and so are the colorful backgrounds. The characters are likable and so is the excellent voice acting. The James Horner music score/songs were so catchy you would leave the theater humming "Somewhere Out There" for about four minutes.

An American Tail is another masterpiece not only from Don Bluth, but from Steven Spielberg as well and would recommended to fans of traditional animation and Bluth fans.

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