An American Tail
An American Tail is a 1986 animated musical comedy-drama adventure film directed by Don Bluth, director of The Secret of NIMH & The Land Before Time, and written by David Kirschner, Judy Freudberg, and Tony Geiss.
A young mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz (Phillip Glasser) and his family emigrate from Russia to the United States by boat after their home is destroyed by cats. During the trip, a fierce storm throws Fievel from the ship, and he loses contact with his family. Luckily, he manages to sail to New York in a bottle. There, Irish mouse Bridget (Cathianne Blore), an Italian mouse named Tony (Pat Musick) and a kindly cat named Tiger (Dom DeLuise) help Fievel search for his loved ones.
Why It Rocks
- It was the very first Steven Spielberg cartoon.
- The concept of the Russian mice moved to the United States is a good one.
- It has beautiful and excellent animation that's on par with Don Bluth's other movies.
- Extremely fabulous musical numbers, as well as a beautiful score by the late James Horner, who would then compose Titanic, The Land Before Time, and, of course, Avatar.
- A very emotional story that pays homage to immigrants, and proves that not all family movies have to be too light and innocent.
- Nice voice acting from the likes of Phillip Glasser, Madeline Kahn, and Pat Musick.
- A cast of likable characters, such as the protagonist, Fievel, and Tiger the cat, voiced by the great Dom DeLuise.
- The message of the movie about never giving up is so inspirational and empowering.
- For his second feature film, Don Bluth manages to strike twice.
- Magnificent photography.
- Decent editing.
- The film has a wonderful pace.
- Some funny moments, as well as plenty of emotional and tearjerking moments too.
- The characters are brilliantly designed.
- The plot can be predictable at times, and hard to follow.
- The screenplay can be too standard.
- It can get too dark and depressing for younger children, despite being rated G.