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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 = [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0089310/ Cathianne Blore]<br />[[Dom DeLuise]]<br />[[John P. Finnegan|John Finnegan]]<br />[[Phillip Glasser]]<br />[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0337602/ 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 = November 21, 1986
 
| runtime = 90 minutes
 
| country = United States
 
| language = English
 
| budget = $9&nbsp;million
 
| gross = $84&nbsp;million
 
}}
 
   
'''''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]].
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'''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]]
   
[[File:An-american-tail-title-card.png|thumb|Title card]]
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==Plot==
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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.
   
==Cast==
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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.
* [[Phillip Glasser]] as [[Fievel Mousekewitz]]. While "Fievel" is the generally accepted spelling of his name, the opening credits spell it as "Feivel", the more common transliteration of the [[Wikipedia:Yiddish|Yiddish]] name (פֿײַװל ''Fayvl''). (Cf. [[Wikipedia:Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz|Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz]] and [[Wikipedia:Philip Berg|Feivel Gruberger]].) (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 that 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|An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West]]''. 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.
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* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0337602/ Amy Green] as [[Tanya Mousekewitz]] (singing voice provided by [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5796154/ Betsy Cathcart]), Fievel's older sister. Optimistic, cheerful, and obedient, she continued to believe that he was alive after he was washed overboard en route to America. She was given an American name "Tillie" at the immigration point at [[Wikipedia:Castle Clinton|Castle Garden]].
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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.
* [[John Finnegan (actor)|John P. Finnegan]] as Warren T. Rat, 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-accented cockroach.
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* Nehemiah Persoff as Papa Mousekewitz, the head of the Mousekewitz family who plays the violin and tells stories to his children.
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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.
* Erica Yohn as Mama Mousekewitz, Fievel's mother. Countering Papa's dreamy idealism, she is a level-headed pragmatist, and appears to be the stricter of the couple. She also has a fear of flying.
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* Pat Musick as Tony Toponi, a streetwise young mouse of Italian descent and with a "tough New Yorker" attitude. The name "Toponi" is a play on "topo", the Italian word for "mouse".
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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.
* Dom DeLuise as Tiger, a very large, cowardly, long-haired, orange tabby cat who also happens to be vegetarian (with the exception of the occasional fish).
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* Christopher Plummer as Henri, a pigeon of French descent, who is in New York City while building the Statue of Liberty.
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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.
* Cathianne Blore as Bridget, an attractive mouse with an Irish accent and Tony's girlfriend. Kind, passionate, yet soft-spoken, she acts as a kindly motherly figure to Fievel.
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* Neil Ross as Honest John, a local Irish-born mouse politician who knows every voting mouse in New York City. An ambulance-chasing drunkard who takes advantage of voters' concerns to increase his political prestige, he is a caricature of the 19th-century Tammany Hall politicians.
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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.
* Madeline Kahn as Gussie Mausheimer, a German-born mouse considered to be the richest in New York City, who rallies the mice into fighting back against the cats.
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* Will Ryan as Digit, Warren'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.
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==Characters==
* Hal Smith as Moe, a fat rat who runs the sweatshop Fievel is sold to by Warren.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_Glasser 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.
* Dan Kuenster as Jake, first burly Member of the Mott Street Maulers. Enjoys listening to his boss' music on the violin as he, Tiger, and the other gang members play poker. He later catches Fievel after the very first chase. He guards the poor imprisoned Fievel until Tiger wakes him up and comes to take his place. They later chase him again after Tiger has freed him. But they never catch him again. They chase him all the way to the Chelsea Piers They are later chased away by the "Giant Mouse of Minsk".
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*[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0337602/ 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.
* [[Jonathan Winters]] as Narrator
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_P._Finnegan 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".
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehemiah_Persoff 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.
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erica_Yohn 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.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Musick 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.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom_DeLuise 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.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Plummer 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.
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*Cathianne Blore as [[Bridget]], an Irish activist, and Tony's beautiful girlfriend.
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*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.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeline_Kahn 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.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Ryan 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.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Smith_(actor) Hal Smith] as [[Moe]], a fat rat who runs the sweatshop Fievel is sold to by Warren T.
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==Songs==
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*[[There Are No Cats in America]] - [[Papa Mousekewitz]] & Chorus
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*[[Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor]] - Chorus
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*[[Never Say Never]] - [[Henri]] & [[Fievel Mousekewitz]]
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*[[Somewhere out There]] - [[Fievel Mousekewitz]] & [[Tanya Mousekewitz]]
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*[[A Duo]] - [[Tiger]] & [[Fievel Mousekewitz]]<br />
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==Reception==
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<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>
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<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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_Office_Mojo Box Office Mojo]. After years of its [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotten_Tomatoes 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>
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">The staff of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halliwell%27s_Film_Guide 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>
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;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Film_Institute American Film Institute] Lists
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI%27s_100_Years...100_Songs AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs]:
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**Somewhere Out There - Nominated
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI%27s_10_Top_10 AFI's 10 Top 10] - Nominated Animated Film
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==Sequels and spinoffs==
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<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 ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_Tail:_Fievel_Goes_West An American Tail: Fievel Goes West]'' (1991), the television series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fievel%27s_American_Tails Fievel's American Tails]'', and two direct-to-video sequels: ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_Tail:_The_Treasure_of_Manhattan_Island An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_Tail:_The_Mystery_of_the_Night_Monster An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster]'', none of which Don Bluth had any involvement with.</p>
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<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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mascot mascot] for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Spielberg Steven Spielberg]'s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amblimation Amblimation] animation studio, appearing in its [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Production_logo production logo]. Also, as reported on the official ''An American Tail'' website, Fievel has become the mascot for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNICEF UNICEF] as well. There is also a Fievel-themed playground at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Studios_Florida 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_Universal NBC Universal]'s theme parks.</p>
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==Suspected plagiarism==
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<p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Spiegelman 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 ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maus 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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Plot

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, 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, 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 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.

Characters

  • 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[1][2] 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.[3] 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.

Songs

Reception

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.

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%.

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."


American Film Institute Lists

Sequels and spinoffs

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.

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.

Suspected plagiarism

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.

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