An American Tail

1986

An American Tail

Critics Consensus

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

70%

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Total Count: 27

71%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 257,236
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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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Cast

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

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Audience Reviews for An American Tail

  • Mar 20, 2014
    One of my favorite movie when I was a young boy.
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2014
    From Steven Spielberg and Don Bluth comes the animated classic An American Tail. Brilliantly written as a turn of the century period piece about a family of mice that immigrate to America, the film does an excellent job at using the New York City setting to thematically represent the American Dream. Additionally, the musical numbers are charming and whimsical; featuring the hit single "Somewhere Out There." The animation is also extraordinarily well-done, with rich texture and fluid motion. A wonderful family film, An American Tail has an inspirational message for all ages.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2011
    the silliest and most shameless holocaust era allegory kids movie i've ever seen. wait, i've never seen anything like this then. it has it's moments. but wow is it forgettable.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2011
    good songs, but its just so dang depressing
    Michael E Super Reviewer

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