An American TailDirector: Don Bluth
An American Tail is a beautifully rendered animated flim that tells an overly familiar story in terms children can easily understand. Fievel Mousekewitz and his family of Russian-Jewish mice escape from their homeland in the late 1800s, boarding a boat headed toward America to evade the Czarist rule of the Russian cats. Fievel, however, is separated from his family upon his arrival in New York City, and he discovers to his horror that there are cats in America too (his father said there weren't). Fievel meets his share of friendly and hostile mice, and he eventually befriends a cat as well. Former Disney animator Don Bluth co-produced and directed this often heartwarming yarn, the first animated feature presented by Steven Spielberg, and it has its charms despite a number of cliché situations.
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- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|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|
|Neil Ross||Honest John|
|Erica Yohn||Mama Mousekewitz|
|Judith Freudberg||Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Tony Geiss||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|James Horner||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Kathleen Kennedy||Executive Producer|
|David Kirschner||Executive Producer,Original Story|
|Barry Mann||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Frank Marshall||Executive Producer|
|Steven Spielberg||Executive Producer|
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I remember a little bit about this movie and that it was sad but thought the character of Fievel was just adorable. Its the story of a mouse who befriends a cat and goes to find his family. I hope I got the story right since I haven't seen this film in a long long time. But i do remember that I love loved the sequel. I recommend this to any age, it is a remarkable film next.
I just love all of these in the series. Of coures Fivel is adventurous little guy, but always wanting to do the right thing. He's always the cowboy with the "white hat". These stories show tough situations where Fivel needs to make moral decisions about family and friends. He works through surviving without his family and always manages to work his way back to them by never giving up. Great stories for young and old alike.
Having seen the original 21 yrs ago, my wife & I still sing its songs with passion. After our engagement, we went to see this little known, yet widely admired movie. We laughed 'til we cried, then we cried 'til we laughed! This movie captures your heart as the songs serenade you into Fivel's world, which mirrored the plight of many emigrants. The songs NEVER SAY NEVER to WE'RE A DUO to the unforgettable, SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, will wisk you on an emotional rollercoaster ride that even most adults will enjoy! Of course, my wife & I are still kids at heart. In tough times, we sing WE'RE A DUO. When challenged...NEVER SAY NEVER. Our wedding theme song was SOMEWHERE OUT THERE. This movie smartly incorporates all aspects of human experiences if you look and listen (example: Fivel mentions THE BROTHER'S CARAMEL SAUCE). Admittedly, this movie has sentimental value to us, and after 21 happy years, we're still "a duo!"
have the vhs, my kids loved it and still love it and wish we could get in dvd
The word ''magic'' is overused when describing movies, but if there was ever one deserving the adjective, it is this film. Don Bluth, one of the main animators is one of the best ever, and one of my personal favorites. And everyone knows the talent of Steven S. There are a lot of musical numbers, but you actually find yourself looking forward to them instead of dreading them like you do in some *cough* more recent films. I would go so far as to say that ''An American Tail'' is an essential part of American Animation, and certainly one you don't want to miss.
This movie is very imotional in parts but has enough anticdotes to keep the kiddies happy and pretty much intranced.