While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.
Release Year: 1986
Rating: 6.7/10 (16,253 voted)
Stars: Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Erica Yohn
Fievel is a young Russian mouse separated from his parents on the way to America, a land they think is without cats. When he arrives alone in the New World, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and running and dodging the cats he thought he'd be rid off.
Writers: David Kirschner, David Kirschner
Warren T. Rat
A holiday event from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.
Release Date: 21 November 1986
Did You Know?
The opening scene of the ship's arrival in America (at Castle Garden) is based on a photograph in Christian Weekly magazine from March 28, 1874. On the barge is written, Einwanderer Beforderung, which means "Immigrant Transfer" in German.
When Fievel falls off an elevated track and lands on a pile of soot, he burrows his way out, leaving a trail. When he makes his way out, the last part of the trail disappears.
Fievel! Tanya! Stop that twirling, twirling! I mean it!
But Mama, it's Hannukah.
For you, every night is Hannukah.
This film is an animation classic
Not only is An American Tail easily one of the best animated features ever
made, but it proves to be leaps beyond the efforts of recent Disney movies
by refusing to be constricted to an all-too-familiar formula. This movie
does not stay within the cozy, comfortable guidelines that Disney adheres
to in order to make money. Instead, it tells a truly unique tale, one not
borrowed from any other source, and one overflowing with artistic wonder
The characters you will see here are not stock, not pulled from the typical
Disney hat. The story is not a chuckle-a-minute, lowbrow attempt to take
the easy way out in pandering to children. The main character, Fievel,
suffers real hardships and tragedy, and stares into the despair of his own
soul before the movie is finished. This, of course, makes the ending that
much more satisfying, an infinitely more significant and authentic moment
than any cardboard cut-out Disney plot.
If you want to see what animation was meant to be as an art form, if you
want to feel the power and emotion that can truly be reaped from this
under-appreciated and over-commercialized medium, look no further than An