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{{Infobox film
| name = An American Tail
| image = File:AnAmericanTailPoster.jpg
| caption = Theatrical release poster by [[Drew Struzan]]
| director = [[Don Bluth]]
| producer = [[Don Bluth]]<br />[[Gary Goldman]]<br />[[John Pomeroy]]
| screenwriter = [[Judy Freudberg]]<br />[[Tony Geiss]]
| story = [[David Kirschner]]<br />[[Judy Freudberg]]<br />Tony Geiss
| starring = [ Cathianne Blore]<br />[[Dom DeLuise]]<br />[[John P. Finnegan|John Finnegan]]<br />[[Phillip Glasser]]<br />[ Amy Green]<br />[[Madeline Kahn]]<br />[[Pat Musick]]<br />[[Nehemiah Persoff]]<br />[[Christopher Plummer]]<br />[[Neil Ross]]<br />[[Will Ryan]]<br />[[Hal Smith (actor)|Hal Smith]]<br />[[Erica Yohn]]<br />[[Woody Allen]]<br />[[Diane Keaton]]<br />[[Jonathan Winters]]
| music = [[James Horner]]
| cinematography = [[Bill Butler (cinematographer)|Bill Butler]]
| editing = Dan Molina
| studio = [[Amblin Entertainment]]<br />[[Don Bluth Feature Animation]]<br />[[Sullivan Bluth Studios]]
| distributor = [[Universal Pictures]]
| released = {{Releasedate|USA|November 21, 1986}}
| runtime = 80 minutes
| country = United States
| language = English
| budget = $9&nbsp;million
| gross = $84&nbsp;million
'''An American Tail''' is the second feature film to be created by [[Don Bluth|Bluth]].[[File:An-american-tail-title-card.png|thumb|Title card]]
'''''An American Tail''''' is a 1986 American [[Animated film|animated]] [[Musical film|musical]] [[adventure film|adventure]] [[family]] [[Drama (film and television)|drama film]] directed by [[Don Bluth]] and produced by [[Sullivan Bluth Studios]], [[Don Bluth Feature Animation]] and [[Amblin Entertainment]].
[[File:An-american-tail-title-card.png|thumb|Title card]]
In 1885 Shostka, Russia, the Mousekewitzes, a Russian-Jewish family of mice, decide to immigrate to America after an army of cruel cats that belong to the Cossacks destroy their village, believing there to be no cats in the America. During the trip overseas, the family's young son, [[Fievel Mousekewitz|Fievel]], gets separated from the others and washes overboard in a storm. They arrive sadly on Ellis Island, New York, believing they've lost their son.
Fievel, however, floats to nearby Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was being built in a bottle and after a pep talk from a French pigeon named [[Henri]], embarks on a quest to find his family. He is waylaid by conman [[Warren T. Rat]], who gains his trust and then sells him to a sweatshop. He escapes with [[Tony Toponi|Tony]], a street-smart Italian mouse who nicknames him "Filly", and they join up with [[Bridget]], a very beautiful Irish mouse trying to rouse her fellow mice to stand up to cats. When a gang of some called the Mott Street Maulers attacks a mouse marketplace, the immigrant mice learn that the tales of a no-cat country are false.
Bridget takes Fievel and Tony to see [[Honest John]], a drunk (but reliable) politician who knows all the voting mice in New York City. But as the Mousekewitzes have not yet registered to vote, he can't help Fievel find them. Meanwhile, his pretty big sister, Tanya, tells her gloomy parents she has a feeling that he is still alive, but they urged her that the feeling would soon go away.
Led by the rich and powerful [[Gussie Mausheimer]], the mice hold a rally to decide what to do about the cats. Warren T. Rat is extorting them all for protection that he never provides. No one has any idea what to do about it until Fievel whispers a plan to Gussie.
The mice take over an abandoned building on Chelsea Pier and begin constructing their plan. On the day of launch, Fievel gets lost and stumbles upon Warren T.'s lair. He discovers that he is actually a cat in disguise and the leader of the Maulers. They capture Fievel, but a goofy, soft-hearted orange cat named [[Tiger]] takes a liking to him and sets him free.
Fievel races back to the pier with the cats in hot pursuit when Gussie orders the mice to release the secret weapon. A huge mechanical mouse, inspired by the bedtime tales [[Papa Mousekewitz|Papa]] told to Fievel of the "[[Giant Mouse of Minsk]]", chases the cats down the pier and into the water. A tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong picks them up and carries them away.
During the battle, Fievel is once again separated from those he loves and falls into despair when a group of orphans tells him that he should have given up a long time ago. Papa overhears Bridget and Tony calling out to Fievel but is sure that there may be another "Fievel" somewhere until he sees Mama picking up his son's hat. They team up for a final effort to find him, and in the end, Papa's violin playing leads Fievel back into the arms of his family. The journey ends with Henri taking everyone to see his newly completed project—the Statue of Liberty, and the Mouskewitzes' new life in America begins.
*[ Phillip Glasser] as [[Fievel Mouskewitz]], the protagonist of the film. While "Fievel" is the generally accepted spelling of his name, the opening credits spell him as "Feivel" which is technically the correct Yiddish transliteration<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-0">[1]</sup><sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-1">[2]</sup> of the name (see also Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz and Feivel Gruberger) since Yiddish evolved from a medieval form of German and its rules for transliteration are therefore based on German orthography (the ending credits spell his name as "Fievel"). However, many English-speaking writers have come to adopt the spelling ''Fievel'' (with reversed i and first e) especially for this character; it was this spelling which was used on the film's poster, in promotional materials and tie-in merchandise, and in the title of the sequel ''An American Tail: Fievel Goes West''. He was named after Spielberg's maternal grandfather, Philip Posner, whose Yiddish name was Feivel. The scene in which he presses up against a window to look into a classroom filled with American "schoolmice" is based on a story Spielberg remembered about his grandfather, who told him that Jews were only able to listen to school lessons through open windows while sitting outside in the snow.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-2">[3]</sup> His last name is a play on the Jewish-Russian last name "Moskowitz", the name of the human occupants of the house his family is living under in the beginning of the film.
*[ Amy Green] as [[Tanya Mousekewitz]] (singing voice provided by Betsy Cathcart), Fievel's big sister. Beautiful, cute, optimistic, cheerful and obedient, she continued to believe that her brother was alive after he was washed off the ill-fated SS Austria en route to America. She was given an American name 'Tillie' at the immigration point at Castle Garden on Ellis Island.
*[ John P. Finnegan] as [[Warren T. Rat]], the main antagonist of the film's story. He is really a cat disguised as a rat and the leader of the Mott Street Maulers, a gang of cats who terrorize the mice of New York City. He is accompanied nearly all the time by his accountant Digit, a small British cockroach. He is based on the famous anti-immigrant Nativist, Bill Poole, a.k.a: "Bill the Butcher". His name seems to be a play on words of the word "warranty".
*[ Nehemiah Persoff] as [[Papa Mousekewitz]], the head of the Mousekewitz family who plays the violin and tells stories to his children. Too overcome with grief and believing his son to be dead after being separated during the sinking of the SS ''Austria'', he stubbornly refuses to search for him after they land in America.
*[ Erica Yohn] as [[Mama Mousekewitz]], Fievel's mother. She appears to be the stricter of the two Mousekewitz parents and has a fear of flying.
*[ Pat Musick] as [[Tony Toponi]], a streetwise young mouse of Italian descent and with a 'tough New Yorker' attitude and the film's deuteragonist. He meets Fievel during their slavery at the sweatshop. He takes a liking to him and gives him an American name: "Philly" (Philip). After they escape the sweatshop, he becomes Fievel's friend and guide to the town.
*[ Dom DeLuise] as [[Tiger]], a very large, cowardly, long-haired orange cat who also happens to be vegetarian and the film's tritagonist. He was a member of Warren T. Rat's 'Mott Street Maulers' cat gang until he met and befriended Fievel, whom he helped to escape.
*[ Christopher Plummer] as [[Henri]], a pigeon of French descent, who is in New York City while building the Statue of Liberty. He is the first to meet Fievel upon entering America. He nurses him back to health, and tells him that he should never give up in his search for his family (via the song "Never Say Never"), a message which he takes to heart.
*Cathianne Blore as [[Bridget]], an Irish activist, and Tony's beautiful girlfriend.
*Neil Ross as [[Honest John]], a local Irish-born politician who knows every voting mouse in New York City who presides over a wake for an Irish Catholic mouse done in by cats at his headquarters. He's a constant drunkard who takes advantage of every voter's concern to increase his political prestige and a stereotype of the 19th century Tammany Hall politicians.
*[ Madeline Kahn] as [[Gussie Mausheimer]], a German-born considered being the richest in New York City, who rallies the mice into fighting back against the cats.
*[ Will Ryan] as [[Digit]], Warren T.'s British cockroach accountant who has a fondness for counting money, but is plagued by frequent electrical charges in his antennae whenever he gets nervous or excited.
*[ Hal Smith] as [[Moe]], a fat rat who runs the sweatshop Fievel is sold to by Warren T.
*[[There Are No Cats in America]] - [[Papa Mousekewitz]] & Chorus
*[[Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor]] - Chorus
*[[Never Say Never]] - [[Henri]] & [[Fievel Mousekewitz]]
*[[Somewhere out There]] - [[Fievel Mousekewitz]] & [[Tanya Mousekewitz]]
*[[A Duo]] - [[Tiger]] & [[Fievel Mousekewitz]]<br />
<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">''An American Tail'' was a box office success, the first among Universal's animated releases to do so. The film has grossed up to $47 million in the United States and $84 million worldwide.</p>
<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">Currently, ''An American Tail'' has a "B" rating at [ Box Office Mojo]. After years of its [ Rotten Tomatoes] score going back and forth between "fresh" and "rotten", it has managed to settle above the line at 63%. Its score among the website "community" is more secure at 84%.</p>
<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">The staff of ''[ Halliwell's Film Guide]'' gave it one star out of four. "[This] expensive cartoon feature," they wrote, "[has] not much in the way of narrative interest or indeed humor."</p>
;[ American Film Institute] Lists
*[ AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs]:
**Somewhere Out There - Nominated
*[ AFI's 10 Top 10] - Nominated Animated Film
==Sequels and spinoffs==
<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">The film was followed by its theatrical sequel ''[ An American Tail: Fievel Goes West]'' (1991), the television series ''[ Fievel's American Tails]'', and two direct-to-video sequels: ''[ An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island]'' and ''[ An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster]'', none of which Don Bluth had any involvement with.</p>
<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">Fievel later served as the [ mascot] for [ Steven Spielberg]'s [ Amblimation] animation studio, appearing in its [ production logo]. Also, as reported on the official ''An American Tail'' website, Fievel has become the mascot for [ UNICEF] as well. There is also a Fievel-themed playground at [ Universal Studios Florida], featuring a large waterslide and many over-sized objects such as books, glasses, cowboy boots, and more. It is the only such playground at any of [ NBC Universal]'s theme parks.</p>
==Suspected plagiarism==
<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">[ Art Spiegelman] suspected Spielberg of plagiarism due to the fact the Jews are depicted as mice in ''An American Tail'' just as in Spiegelman's earlier ''[ Maus]'', a metaphor Spiegelman had adopted from Nazi propaganda. Instead of pursuing copyright litigation, Spiegelman opted to beat the movie's release date by convincing his publishers to split ''Maus'' into two volumes and publish the first before he even finished the second.</p>
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An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure family drama film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios, Don Bluth Feature Animation and Amblin Entertainment.


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