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An American Tail

The film endeavors to tell the story of Russian immigrants, who happen in this case to be mice of the Mousekewitz clan, and their flight in the late 1800s to the United States, where, Papa Mousekewitz insists, There are no cats.

The film endeavors to tell the story of Russian immigrants, who happen in this case to be mice of the Mousekewitz clan, and their flight in the late 1800s to the United States, where, Papa Mousekewitz insists, There are no cats.

Cartoons with ambitions even this noble are as rare as Steven Spielberg films that lose money, but every character and every situation presented herein have been seen a thousand times before.

The mouse-vs-cat stand-off is as old as animation itself, Dom DeLuise’s friendly feline is uncomfortably close to the Cowardly Lion in concept, a little bug smacks directly of Jiminy Cricket, and assorted villains are straight out of Dickens by way of Damon Runyon.

1986: Nomination: Best Song ( Somewhere Out There )

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An American Tail

Production: Amblin. Director Don Bluth; Producer Don Bluth, John Pomeroy, Gary Goldman; Writer Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss; Music James Horner

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 80 MIN.

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