An American Tail

An American Tail
An American Tail
  • G
  • 1h 20m
  • 1986
Fresh70%
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All aboard for America! Join the adventures of an adorable mouse named Fievel in this heart-warming “tail” of following your heart. Fievel and his family have grand hopes for their new homeland “where the streets are lined with cheese” when he is accidentally lost at sea. Determined to reunite with his loved ones, the brave little mouse embarks on a huge adventure through the streets of New York, meeting unexpected friends every step of the way. Featuring the voice talents of Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Plummer, it’s a family-friendly treat from Steven Spielberg and director Don Bluth (The Land Before Time).

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Common Sense Says
Heartwarming tale of immigrant mouse has some peril.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that An American Tail is a great introduction to the 19th-century U.S. immigration experience for young children. Although it's ultimately a feel-good story, the main character -- a young mouse named Fievel -- spends much of the film trying to find his family, whom he was separated from during a scary storm at sea. He faces many perils, including a fire, a near-drowning, and attacks from monstrous cats, during his journey, which may prove too much for the youngest viewers. Scenes of his family mourning his presumed death could also be upsetting for sensitive viewers, and there's a frightening mechanical mouse. Expect cigar smoking and a little bit of drinking; young mice share a kiss, and there are a couple of uses of "shut up," "runt," and the like. Messages focus on perseverance and the importance of family, and Fievel is a brave, optimistic character.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:November 21, 1986
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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