American Tail

American Tail

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Director: Don Bluth

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

     
 

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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 hisSee more details below

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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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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:
03/06/2001
UPC:
0096898384230
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios

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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