An American Tail

Release Date: September 2nd, 1997

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 2004

G |1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Cathianne Blore, Laura Carson, Dom DeLuise, John Finnegan, Phillip Glasser, Amy Green, Madeline Kahn, Pat Musick

Director: Don Bluth

Genres: Fantasy , Animated , Children

Production Co: Universal/Universal Int

Keywords: Quest, Friendship, Family, Rescue, New York City, Heartwarming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Vincent CanbyThe New York Times

    An American Tail looks good but the tale itself, as conceived by David Kirschner for the screenplay by Judy Freudberg and Tony Geiss, is witless if well-meaning. It's mostly bland, though every now and then it rises to express its own brand of kiddie-bigotry. show more

  • 50
    Time Out London

    For all its state-of-the-art animation techniques, Spielberg's production remains resolutely conservative: visually it's virtually indistinguishable from Walt at his wimpiest. show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It has been written by people who want to prepare kids for the worst. show more

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Nominated Music (Original Song)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture