An American Tail

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While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.


  • Erica Yohn
  • Nehemiah Persoff
  • Amy Green
  • Phillip Glasser
  • Christopher Plummer
  • John Finnegan
  • Will Ryan
  • Hal Smith
  • Pat Musick
  • Cathianne Blore

Did You Know?


  • Tom Bähler was originally approached to write the film's songs, before the decision was made to hire Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
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  • Although Thomas A. Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, it did not become available for home use until 1896 (10 years after this story took place). In fact the Edison Phonograph Company was not formed until 1887.
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It has been written by people who want to prepare kids for the worst.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times