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 … More

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


as Feivel Mousekewitz

as Tanya Mousekewitz

as Warren T. Rat

as Fievel Mousekewitz

as Tiger

as Gussie Mausheimer

as Tony Toponi

as Papa Mousekewitz

as Mama Mousekewitz

as Digit

as Honest John
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Critic Reviews for An American Tail

All Critics (25) | 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

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