American Tail

An 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 his…  See 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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An American Tail 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!"
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Guest More than 1 year ago
have the vhs, my kids loved it and still love it and wish we could get in dvd
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very imotional in parts but has enough anticdotes to keep the kiddies happy and pretty much intranced.