American Tail

American Tail

4.5 9
Director: Don Bluth

Cast: Don Bluth, Cathianne Blore, Dom DeLuise, John Finnegan

     
 

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The Don Bluth-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced An American Tail, a lighthearted animated look at immigrants, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, respectively.See more details below

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The Don Bluth-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced An American Tail, a lighthearted animated look at immigrants, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, respectively. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a singalong section for the film's famous song "Somewhere Out There" and a handful of interactive games to entertain children. While the disc offers nothing of interest for those who want to learn about the animation process, kids will enjoy the extras on this Universal release. The DVD was released the same day as three of the film's sequels, including the theatrically released An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
In the early 1980s, Don Bluth led a team of animators away from Disney to pursue the kind of ambitious feature-length fare that the House of Mouse seemed to have forgotten. The defectors' sophomore effort was the impressive An American Tail, a film that maintains the Disney touch for filmmaking but leaves some of the sugar-coating behind. The film tackles the American immigrant experience, and doesn't shy far away from showing either the hardships that caused émigrés to leave their homelands or the hardships they faced on upon arrival. Despite this occasional, and welcomed, earnestness however, the lively animation, spirited voicing (Dom DeLuise in particular) and James Horner's score (including the lovely "Somewhere Out There" ) keep this an uplifting, and often touching, experience. Steven Speilberg produced the movie, but his and Bluth's talent for storytelling occasionally falters, and the film never quite achieves the Disney polish. Moreover, while the story follows what is clearly a Jewish experience of flight from Russian pogroms, it never makes specific reference of the Mouskewitz family's ethnic background, a decision that some saw less as an attempt to ensure universal appeal, and more as a cowardly cultural duck. In general, though, Bluth and company display the same willingness to explore serious themes as they did in their first feature, The Secret of NIMH. Though highly enjoyable, the film is definitely darker than most kids' fare. But with serious themes comes the potential for lasting impact, and as such, An American Tail offers much more than just an hour and a half of mind-candy.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0025192449826
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
81

Special Features

Sing-along -song; Interactive fun; -Counting with digit game; -Fievel and Tiger's duo dance; -Rewease the secwet weapon game

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cathianne Blore Bridget
Dom DeLuise Tiger,
John Finnegan Warren T. Rat
Philip Glasser Fievel Mousekewitz
Amy Green Tanya Mousekewitz
Madeline Kahn Gussie Mausheimer, voise of
Pat Musick Tony Toponi
Nehemiah Persoff Papa Mousekewitz
Christopher Plummer Henri,
Neil Ross Honest John
Will Ryan Digit
Erica Yohn Mama Mousekewitz
Hal Smith Moe

Technical Credits
Don Bluth Director,Producer
Judith Freudberg Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Geiss Original Story,Screenwriter
Gary Goldman Producer
James Horner Score Composer,Songwriter
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
David Kirschner Executive Producer,Original Story
Dan Kuenster Animator
Barry Mann Score Composer,Songwriter
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Linda Miller Animator
Dan Molina Editor
John Pomeroy Animator,Producer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Cynthia Weil Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Hanukkah Gifts
3. In America!
4. Are We There Yet?
5. There Are No Cats in America
6. Lost at Sea
7. Never Say Never
8. An Island of Opportunity
9. New Family, New Home
10. Cats! Cats! Cats!
11. Honest John and Gussie
12. Somewhere Out There
13. Men or Mice?
14. The Mott Street Maulers
15. A Duo
16. The Giant Mouse of Minsk!
17. Philly and Fievel
18. Little Tiny Friends
19. My Little American
20. End Titles

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