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An American Tail (1986)



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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. ~ Don Kaye, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss, David Kirschner, Judith Freudberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2004
Universal Pictures


Phillip Glasser
as Feivel Mousekewitz
Amy Green
as Tanya Mousekewitz
John Finnegan
as Warren T. Rat
Philip Glasser
as Fievel Mousekewitz
Madeline Kahn
as Gussie Mausheimer
Pat Musick
as Tony Toponi
Nehemiah Persoff
as Papa Mousekewitz
Erica Yohn
as Mama Mousekewitz
Will Ryan
as Digit
Neil Ross
as Honest John
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Critic Reviews for An American Tail

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

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

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

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

I think I missed out on the appeal of this film because I never saw it when I was younger. I could never get over the Russian accents.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

An American Tail Quotes

Henri: Qu'est-ce que c'est? A little immigrant. Now they are coming by bottle.
– Submitted by Adam O (2 years ago)
Fievel Mousekewitz: Henri, what's that over there?
Henri: Oh, that is more America.
Fievel Mousekewitz: Can we go see it?
Henri: You will, my little American. Someday, you will.
– Submitted by Adam O (2 years ago)
Gussie Mausheimer voise of: We have a plan. E Pralabus Unim.
– Submitted by Adam O (2 years 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 (2 years ago)

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