An American Tail
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Witless if well-meaning."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Adorable, heartwarming tale of immigrant mouse."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The story is moving, and the animation includes some powerful images, although some of the early scenes depicting the suffering of the mice in Russia may be too frightening for younger viewers."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Can't resist any film with singing mice. Truly Bluth's best film."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"The overall quality of the animation -- baroquely executed if rather conventionally conceived -- makes it worth a look"
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"It may be that the truly American tale here is the spectacle of an artist squandering his awesome gifts on the way to becoming a Hollywood institution."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"Its sappiness is unmissably sincere, and such aching, embarrassing sincerity is never an evil thing in a movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Like other Spielberg-produced features, this one pays homage to old movie traditions (live-action Westerns) and icons, but the film has been made mechanically."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ethnic mice plus fascist cats in groundbreaking animation."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"he movie has such vague ethnic grounds, however, that only a few children will understand or care that the Mousekewitzes are Jewish. And few of those are likely to be entertained by such a tragic, gloomy story."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There's nothing particularly special about An American Tail, save for Bluth's slick animation."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Click to read the article."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"I liked it as a kid, and have liked it less and less every year since."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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