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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>

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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 »


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G | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The frightening Neptune-like ocean specter that terrorizes Fievel during the storm at sea is clearly, at least partly, inspired by the demon Chernabog in Walt Disney's FANTASIA (1940). See more »

Goofs

During the song "Never say never" The Statue of Liberty's tablet is visible behind Fiever. The Tablet shows JULY IV MDCCLXXVI, true to real life. However, a moment later, the numerals read MDCCLXXV. 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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Soundtracks

Stars and Stripes Forever
Music by John Philip Sousa (uncredited)
Performed by Performed by The Band of the Royal Marines (as 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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Warm family cartoon is definitely a winner
1 November 2003 | by Laitue_GonflableSee all my reviews

I was introduced to An American Tail after perpetually reading the 'book' of the second film, Feivel Goes West. I can't say which one I enjoyed more although at the time, I think I was seven, but this one I understood a lot better.

The sweet-hearted tale of a family of Russian mouse emigrants who travel to America, the 'land of opportunity' but on their way lose their son, really manages to perk up your day. It has all the classic elements of a family flick: great characters, wonderful score and songs, and of course a happy ending (You can't say you didn't expect that).

In some ways it's meant to be almost a satire, a parallel story of many Russian immigrant families who flee to America from the Cossacks: there is actually a scene in the beginning involving the ransacking of a Russian village by Cossacks, aided of course, as most history books conveniently omit, by their vicious slavering cats who destroy the mouse population. This satire is slightly lost once they reach America, but the simple plot of the mouse boy trying to find his family again works very well. It's quite frustrating at times as we see how close they all come to running into each other; a split second here and a well-timed door slamming there, and it could have been all over in thirty minutes of screen time. But where would be the movie in that?

Lastly, the voice cast does a great job. While I personally think the sequel had a better cast, An American Tail boasts some fine names as well - Dom DeLuise and Nehemiah Persoff who also did the sequel, Christopher Plummer, and Madeline Kahn all combine for a great effect. It's not necessary to see this to also see the sequel but it definitely deserves to be watched. Touching, light-hearted and with one of the most beautiful theme songs you will ever hear, it's a winner. ***1/2 / *****


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