An American Tail

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An American Tail
Starring: Cathianne Blore
Dom DeLuise
John Finnegan
Phillip Glasser
Amy Green
Madeline Kahn
Pat Musick
Nehemiah Persoff
Christopher Plummer
Neil Ross
Will Ryan
Hal Smith
Erica Yohn
Release Date: November 21, 1986
Country: United States
Sequel: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

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

  1. It was the very first Steven Spielberg cartoon.
  2. The concept of the Russian mice moved to the United States is a good one.
  3. It has beautiful and excellent animation that's on par with Don Bluth's other movies.
  4. 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.
  5. A very emotional story that pays homage to immigrants, and proves that not all family movies have to be too light and innocent.
  6. Nice voice acting from the likes of Phillip Glasser, Madeline Kahn, and Pat Musick.
  7. A cast of likable characters, such as the protagonist, Fievel, and Tiger the cat, voiced by the great Dom DeLuise.
  8. The message of the movie about never giving up is so inspirational and empowering.
  9. For his second feature film, Don Bluth manages to strike twice.
  10. Magnificent photography.
  11. Decent editing.
  12. The film has a wonderful pace.
  13. Some funny moments, as well as plenty of emotional and tearjerking moments too.
  14. The characters are brilliantly designed.

Bad Qualities

  1. The plot can be predictable at times, and hard to follow.
  2. The screenplay can be too standard.
  3. It can get too dark and depressing for younger children, despite being rated G.


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