An American Tail

Synopsis: Fievel is a young Russian mouse separated from his parents on the way to America, a land they think is without cats. When he arrives alone in the New World, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and running and dodging the cats he thought he'd be rid off.
Director(s): Don Bluth
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations.
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80 min

Tanya, Fievel?

Will you stop that

twirling, twirling?

Uh, no. No more.

That's it. Time for bed. Come.

But, Mama, it's Hanukkah!

For you, every night is Hanukkah.

Papa, enough already.

They'll never get to sleep.

All right. All right.


What about presents?

Presents? What presents?

Oh, Papa.

Just a joke.

For Tanya, a new babushka.

Happy Hanukkah.

Oh, Papa. Thank you.

You have only one parent?

Thank you, Mama.


And for you, Fievel,

a new hat.

And not just any hat.

A new hat that has

been in the family

for three generations.

It belonged to me, my father,

and my father's father,

and now, it belongs to you.

Happy Hanukkah.

It's too big!

You'll grow.

Ah, did I ever tell you

about the Giant Mouse of Minsk?



Was it anything like

the mouse with the long hair

that the prince climbed up?

No. This mouse, the Mouse of Minsk,

was tall as a tree.

His tail was a mile long.



He was so big,

he frightened all the cats.


Don't say that word.

Talk about something else.


Another fairy tale.


What a place!

What a place!

What a place!

In America, there are mouse

holes in every wall.

Who says?


In America, there are bread

crumbs on every floor!

You're talking nonsense.

In America, you can

say anything you want.

But most important...

And this I know for fact,

in America, there are no cats.

Shh. They'll hear you.

How could they hear us?

There, you see?

The Cossacks! The Cossacks!

Don't cry, Yasha.

I'll scare them away.

Fievel, you'll get hurt!

Go away!

Go away, cats! Go away!



Fievel, angel, are you all right?

Yes, Mama.

Then never do that again!

Mama, look.

In America,

there are no cats.

Look, Papa, water.

Is it the ocean?

Yes. Keep walking.

Look, Papa, smoke!

Is the boat on fire?

No. No. Keep walking!

Look, Papa, birds!

Are they seagulls?

Keep walking!

Keep walking!

Keep walking!

I just wanted to see.

Fievel, this is the last

time I take you to America.


Auf Wiedersehen.

Auf Wiedersehen.

Ooh, auf Wiedersehen!

You know I got a cousin in America.


You and everybody else.


Are we there yet?

Not yet. Soon.

How soon?


Maybe we should

have stayed in Russia.

We'll be all right.

As long as we're together,

we'll be all right.

Ah, so, Mr. Curious,

you've discovered the herring.


I thought they were fish.

But, Fievel, herring are fish.



In the ocean,

there are all kinds of fish,

and herring is one of them.

All kinds?

Yes. Tiny fishes,

not so tiny fishes,

fishes as big as this boat.


Let's go up and see the fish!

Not now.

Your mama's worried.

Come back, Fievel.


Oh, what am I going to do with you?

You stay closer to home!

Don't you go running off again!


Ah, so we return, hmm?

We saw some fish!


Lucky you didn't see some cats.




I didn't see any cats.


Won't it be nice to get to America

where we don't have to worry

about cats anymore?

There are no cats in America,

but back home in mother Russia...


Our family was traveling

Through the snow to Minsk

Suddenly Papa

Saw those huge paw prints

When I heard him screaming

I fainted dead away

And I woke up an orphan

Oy vey.



But there are no cats in America

And the streets

are paved with cheese

Oh, there are no cats

in America

So set your mind at ease

If you think things

were bad in Russia,

you should see things

in my country!

The times were hard in Sicily

We had no provolone

The don, he was a tabby

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Judy Freudberg

Judith Freudberg (July 12, 1949 – June 10, 2012) was an American TV writer. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in speech and dramatic arts. In 1971, she started working on Sesame Street, two years after the show’s debut, as an assistant in the music department and became a writer for the children's television show in 1975. Judy worked on that show for 35 years and shared 17 daytime Emmys. One of the creators and developers of Elmo's World, she served as head writer for that popular segment. Freudberg collaborated with Tony Geiss on Sesame Street's first feature film, Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird as well as The Land Before Time and An American Tail, two feature animation films directed by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. She and Molly Boylan were nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Children's Special for the home video Elmo's World: Wild Wild West. For Sesame Street season 35, Judy co-wrote, with Lou Berger, the primetime special, Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On, which was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Children's Program. She died on June 10, 2012 in Manhattan at age 62 from complications of a brain tumor. more…

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