An American Tail

Rated G 80 minutes 1986

An American Tail is a beautifully rendered animated flim that tells an overly familiar story in terms children can easily understand. Fievel Mousekewitz and his family of Russian-Jewish mice escape from their homeland in the late 1800s, boarding a boat headed toward America to evade the Czarist rule of the Russian cats. Fievel, however, is separated from his family upon his arrival in New York City, and he discovers to his horror that there are cats in America too (his father said there weren't). Fievel meets his share of friendly and hostile mice, and he eventually befriends a cat as well. Former Disney animator Don Bluth co-produced and directed this often heartwarming yarn, the first animated feature presented by Steven Spielberg, and it has its charms despite a number of cliché situations.~ Don Kaye, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Don Bluth

Writer: David Kirschner, Judy Freudberg and Tony Geiss

Producer: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy

Cast: Erica Yohn, Nehemiah Persoff, Amy Green, Phillip Glasser and Christopher Plummer

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