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An American Tail (1986)


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 256,499



Movie Info

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 … More

Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
David Kirschner , Judy Freudberg , Tony Geiss
In Theaters:
Jan 20, 2004
Universal Pictures


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Critic Reviews for An American Tail

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

Cartoons with ambitions even this noble are as rare as Steven Spielberg films that lose money, but every character and every situation presented herein have been seen a thousand times before.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
Top Critic

The overall quality of the animation -- baroquely executed if rather conventionally conceived -- makes it worth a look

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

For all its state-of-the-art animation techniques, Spielberg's production remains resolutely conservative: visually it's virtually indistinguishable from Walt at his wimpiest.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Witless if well-meaning.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It may be that the truly American tale here is the spectacle of an artist squandering his awesome gifts on the way to becoming a Hollywood institution.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

he movie has such vague ethnic grounds, however, that only a few children will understand or care that the Mousekewitzes are Jewish. And few of those are likely to be entertained by such a tragic, gloomy story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Adorable, heartwarming tale of immigrant mouse.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

Its sappiness is unmissably sincere, and such aching, embarrassing sincerity is never an evil thing in a movie.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

There's nothing particularly special about An American Tail, save for Bluth's slick animation.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008

The story is moving, and the animation includes some powerful images, although some of the early scenes depicting the suffering of the mice in Russia may be too frightening for younger viewers.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Like other Spielberg-produced features, this one pays homage to old movie traditions (live-action Westerns) and icons, but the film has been made mechanically.

Full Review… | February 18, 2006

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Full Review… | December 31, 2004

Can't resist any film with singing mice. Truly Bluth's best film.

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Ethnic mice plus fascist cats in groundbreaking animation.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

I liked it as a kid, and have liked it less and less every year since.

February 27, 2004
New Times

No Mickey, but a nice mouse.

December 19, 2003
Your Movies (

A light and charming little animated adventure.

August 12, 2002

Audience Reviews for An American Tail

Don Bluths An American Tail has its haters and lovers. A quirky movie with some memorable songs.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

An American Tail is classic Don Bluth. It's song heavy and the majority of them aren't great but I remember even at a relatively young age that his films were a welcome change to the Disney repeats of the time. Not at all perfect but lovable all the same. The cast of voice actors is excellent, including my personal favorite, the late great Dom DeLuise. It's once upon a Time in America for kids.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A tale of immigration told through a cartoon world. This plays on a few Classic tales and re-watching the film at the age I am now you can really pick up on metaphors in relation to the human world. Despite all of the modern effects such as CGI, this film still works as a timeless piece of animation.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

An American Tail Quotes

Qu'est-ce que c'est? A little immigrant. Now they are coming by bottle.
– Submitted by Adam O (8 months ago)
Fievel Mousekewitz:
Henri, what's that over there?
Oh, that is more America.
Fievel Mousekewitz:
Can we go see it?
You will, my little American. Someday, you will.
– Submitted by Adam O (8 months ago)
Gussie Mausheimer voise of:
We have a plan. E Pralabus Unim.
– Submitted by Adam O (8 months ago)
Papa Mousekewitz:
And for you, Fievel, a new hat. And not just any new hat. A new hat that has been in the family for three generations. It belonged to me, my father, and my father's father, and now it belongs to you. Happy Hannukah.
Fievel Mousekewitz:
It's too big.
Papa Mousekewitz:
You'll grow.
– Submitted by Adam O (8 months ago)
Fievel Mousekewitz:
Never say never, Papa!
– Submitted by Jarrod P (20 months ago)

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