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An American Tail [1986] (1 disc)
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Director:Don Bluth
Writer:Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Composer:James Horner
Length:81 minutes
(1 hour 21 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Suggested Event Use:Independence Day
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:71%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Feivel and his family are traveling from Russia to America when he is washed overboard and separated from his family. Upon arriving at the new world, he must do what he can to survive while looking to find his family.


Reaction: This is a classic children's movie and one that should be in the video library of every parent.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Don Bluth => Director
Judy Freudberg => Writer
Tony Geiss => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Steven Spielberg => Executive Producer
Amy Green => Tanya Mousekewitz
Cathianne Blore => Bridget
Christopher Plummer => Henri
Dom DeLuise => Tiger
Erica Yohn => Mama Mousekewitz
Hal Smith => Moe
John Finnegan => Warren T. Rat
Madeline Kahn => Gussie Mausheimer
Nehemiah Persoff => Papa Mousekewitz
Neil Ross => Honest John
Pat Musick => Tony Toponi
Phillip Glasser => Fievel Mousekewitz
Will Ryan => Digit

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • During production, director Don Bluth staged a demonstration of the difference between limited TV animation and the full animation used in the film. He had his staff stack up animation cels by his feet into two piles, one representing two minutes of limited animation, the other two minutes of full animation. The TV pile reached only to Bluth's shoelaces; the film pile went all the way up to eye level.
  • A shot of a cat lunging towards the camera during the market attack is recycled from Don Bluth's previous film, The Secret of NIMH.
  • CASTLE THUNDER: It is heard a few times in the film, it is first clap of thunder as the storm hits the boat, and a variation is heard again when Fievel first sees the fish on the flooded deck of the boat, and once more right before the wave monster rams right into the ship, knocking Fievel overboard.
  • 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.
  • Fievel was the name of Steven Spielberg's grandfather.