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An American Tail 1986

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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

Starring:
Dom DeLuise, Phillip Glasser
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  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 17 minutes
Starring Dom DeLuise, Phillip Glasser
Director Don Bluth
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 5 December 2005
Main languages English
Dubbing Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian

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AN AMERICAN TAIL [1986 / 2014] [Blu-ray + Digital HD + ULTRAVIOLET] [US Release] Steven Spielberg and Don Bluth Bring You A Story That Will Live in Your Hearts Forever!

From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment comes the story of a courageous little mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz [Phillip Glasser], one of the most endearing animated characters ever created. Journeying by ship from Russia at the turn-of-the-century to America in 1885, Fievel Mousekewitz is lost at sea during a ferocious storm. Washed ashore in New York Harbor, Fievel Mousekewitz braves the perils and wonders of a strange new world in a thrilling quest to find his family. Filled with humour, adventure and action, this heart-warming tale is fun for the entire family!

FILM FACT No.1: Awards and Nominations: 1987 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Music for an Original Song "Somewhere Out There." Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Music for an Original Song "Somewhere Out There." Grammy Awards: Win: Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television for "Somewhere Out There." Win: Song of the Year for "Somewhere Out There." The musical score and the song "Somewhere Out There" was composed by James Horner and Barry Mann with lyrics by Cynthia Weil, which of course deservedly won the Grammy Award.

FILM FACT No.2: While all of the animal characters were animated from scratch, the human characters were animated using the rotoscoping technique, in which sequences were shot in live action and then traced onto animation cells. This provides a realistic look for human characters, and distinguishes the cartoonish animal characters from the more realistically animated humans.
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I had forgotten how epic this movie was. I would defiantly recommend this movie. The last time I watched this movie was when I was 10 I'm now 22. It was defiantly worth buying and watching again after 12 years
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I have to say An American Tail is an animated classic, loveable characters and brilliant music and songs! "There are no Cats in America" will make you want to dance and spin around, such a catchy tune.

One thing that many will notice in this film is Fievel's little baby sister Yasha, who is seen in the first half of the film and is completely left out for the rest if the film, must of been an Animated Error, good thing she gets better parts in the next few films.

Phillip Glasser did a brill job voicing Fievel, such a brilliant voice that made me warm inside, as well as the late Dom Deluise who vocied Tiger, Tony Toponi had to be my fav character through the whole picture.

As for the end song "Somewhere Out There" its a song that will end any production, a stage show, a school assembley, a fanmade video, and it certianlly helped to end the film.

The only downside to the DVD release is the lack of Bonus Features, A DVD Game on how to use your remote (Like we really needed that) The Trailer and a "Somewhere Out There" singalong, they are ok, but the DVD Remote Game i don't think was necessary, a behind the scenes look of the film or the orginal "Somewhere Out There" Music Video by Linda ronstadt and James ingram would of been better.

Still, Kids are not just going to like An American Tail - They are going to love it!
5/5!
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As well as being an entertaining, fun and moving story, An American Tail is also a representation of the 1880s when many Russians would immigrate to America, believeing it to be a land of wealth and oppurtunity. As this film shows, the reality was often very different. The story follows Fievel Mousekewitz who becomes seperated from his family on the ship bringing them over to America, and his struggle to find his family once he gets there. This aspect of the story should keep children entertained (I personally loved it as a kid) but there are also many parts that should keep the adults interested, for the film does address many of the key issues facing the family's who had immigrated at the time. A fun film, where you may actually learn something. Give it a try, no matter what your age.
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I remember watching this movie all the time when I was a kid. I absolutely loved this movie back then and now I bought this dvd from Amazon and I found out that I still love this movie. The movie is about the Russian mouse family who emigrate to America to seek a better life. On their way to America they loose their son Fievel. The movie has a lot of great songs and many lovely characters.

I would definately recommend anybody to buy this dvd.
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This is a heart-warming tale of a young mouse that loses his family when they move. This is an excellent animated story with fun characters that children and adults will enjoy.
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My kids grew up loving this film on video so it was time to replace it with the DVD for the grandchildren!
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A story of a little boy mouse, who gets seperated from his parents on their way to America to escape from the cats! It covers his journey until he finally finds is family again.
A great film, but a little old fashioned by modern standards, but still well loved by all my family. My partner, myself and all of my children when they were young and even now they are grown up love it. Now my 2yr old granddaughter is also hooked. We all sing the little songs together and dance when the dancing songs come on.
A great family film, if you don't want all the latest technology and just a good basic old fashioned family film.
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