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An American Tail

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • UPC: 025192449826
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,837

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cathianne Blore Bridget
Dom DeLuise Voice Only
John Finnegan Warren T. Rat
Philip Glasser Fievel Mousekewitz
Amy Green Tanya Mousekewitz
Madeline Kahn Voice Only
Pat Musick Tony Toponi
Nehemiah Persoff Voice Only
Christopher Plummer Voice Only
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, Producer
David Kirschner Executive Producer, Original Story, Producer
Dan Kuenster Animator
Barry Mann Score Composer, Songwriter
Frank Marshall Executive Producer, Producer
Linda Miller Animator
Dan Molina Editor
John Pomeroy Animator, Producer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer, 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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 DTS
      Spoken Languages: Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: Français Dolby Surround
      Cationed for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      How Do I Find Things?
      Fievel and Tiger's Duo Dance
      Counting With Digit
      Rewease the Secwet Weapon Game
      Somewhere Out There Sing-Along
      Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Singing these songs for 21 years!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An American Tail

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An American Tail

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    american tail - a classic

    have the vhs, my kids loved it and still love it and wish we could get in dvd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    An amazing film, a real favorite

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    A Charming movie for everyone

    This movie is very imotional in parts but has enough anticdotes to keep the kiddies happy and pretty much intranced.

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