An American Tail


An American Tail (1986)


Critic Consensus: Exquisitely animated, An American Tail is a sweet, melancholy, immigrants story.


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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, Rovi

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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.

Sep 10, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Sep 10, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

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

Witless if well-meaning.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

A bright-eyed tale of Jewish triumphs that will find a place in many young hearts.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for An American Tail

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
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
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

good songs, but its just so dang depressing

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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