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An American Tail (1986)

Dom DeLuise , Christopher Plummer , Don Bluth  |  G |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, John Finnegan, Phillip Glasser
  • Directors: Don Bluth
  • Writers: Tony Geiss, Judy Freudberg
  • Producers: Don Bluth, John Pomeroy, Gary Goldman, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VV4W2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An American Tail" on IMDb

Special Features

  • How Do I Find Things?
  • Fievel and Tiger's Duo Dance Game
  • Counting with Digit Game
  • Rewease the Secwet Weapon Game
  • "Somewhere Out There" Sing-Along Song
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    From director Don Bluth and creator David Kirschner, this critically acclaimed full-length animated triumph chronicles the wide-eyed adventures of a courageous little mouse named Fievel. Journeying by ship from Russia to turn-of-the-century America, Fievel is lost at sea during a ferocious storm. Washing ashore in New York Harbor, Fievel braves the perils and wonders of a strange new world in a thrilling quest to find his family. Featuring the voices of Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Plummer, it's a rousing, heartwarming animated adventure for the entire family!

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    129 of 131 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars How NOT to release a great movie on DVD. February 23, 2011
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    How do you feel when you learn that one of your favorite films is to be released on DVD?

    Of course, you feel very happy.

    And what is your reaction when you finally got it? Well, there can be two:

    1) This is great! A remastered version presented in widescreen! And all is just like I remember it, only better! And look at all those special features!

    2) What... what is this?!

    My reaction with An American Tail DVD was #2. Because what I got was a #2 job.

    Here is a short and easy-to-follow guide for every studio out there, that is planning to release a movie on DVD:

    1. Do not make unnecessary changes.
    2. Do not make unnecessary edits.
    3. If it was a theatrical feature, present it in widescreen.

    Do you think Universal followed those easy steps?

    Nope.

    Here is an incomplete list of changes (without spoilers):

    -New "humorous" sound effects were added to scenes where originally there weren't any. It's not funny.
    -New voices were added to scenes without dialog (or any noise, for that matter).
    -The alley mice's voices were re-dubbed. Why???
    -The cover art was changes from a beautiful theatrical poster by Drew Struzan, only to be replaced with... something MUCH less appealing.

    As I said, this small list of changes is incomplete. There is more.

    It should be mentioned that there is also no widescreen. Enjoy your fullscreen! And do not forget to also enjoy the complete lack of any real special features to speak of!

    An American Tail is a film that combines the talents of Steven Spielberg and Don Bluth. It was the first animated feature ever to out-compete Disney. It won several awards, including a Grammy for "best song".
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    36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Slighly Altered "Tail" January 20, 2004
    By A Customer
    Format:DVD
    Since I have already written a review back in spring of 2001 that touches on the brilliance of this animated treasure, this review will focus primarily on the newly released DVD of the film.

    I for one, was certainly thrilled to learn that Universal was finally giving Fievel the coveted DVD treatment, and anticipated its release on the format each day since. Yes, features are scarce, and yes, the film is presented in full frame only, but the way I see it, having An American Tail on DVD at all is a milestone for me, since it is a title I have yearned for since the early days of the format. Do not get me wrong, I am a VERY strong supporter of original aspect ratio on home video, but An American Tail is not exactly a film that cries out for the anamorphic widescreen treatment. In this case, its omission does not really detract from the experience. But then again, maybe I am being slightly biased about this film, having seen it once as child, loved it, and becoming hooked on it ever since.

    As far as the picture quality is concerned, aside from the image being full frame, I was actually rather impressed. I was not expecting the image to be quite so crisp and clear. There were a few more speckles of film dirt then I thought should have been there, but for a film nearing twenty years old, it was still a good deal better than I was expecting. Clarity was most definitely improved over the VHS versions, and colors were strong and nice-looking.

    The sound is also pretty great. I listened to the DTS 5.1 soundtrack on my surround system, and it is, without a doubt, the best I have ever heard this film. However, those of you who have seen American Tail numerous times over (as I have) are bound to notice changes in some of the dialogue as compared to past video releases.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    This is a great movie and it shines like never before on blu-ray. For the first time the film is presented in it's original 1:85:1 theatrical widescreen aspect ratio. The colors are bright and the picture quality is stunning and very clear. The picture quality is vastly improved over every other past release. There are a few flaws however that may not bother too many people. There is 99.9% no film grain but in a few scenes the picture looks like some of the characters have edge doubling. Almost as if they used a three strip technicolor master and miss-aligned the strips a tiny bit which caused a double effect or ghosting around the edges of some of the characters throughout the movie which however does not distract from the enjoyment of the film. This film definitely does not have the quality that Disney gives their re-mastered classics but all-in-all this is a great film and the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is superb. This is a great film recommended for children and adults of all ages. This is perfect family entertainment at it's best and for those who like classic and modern classic Don Bluth animation, this one film that is sure to please and a must-have for any blu-ray collection.
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    17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Classic Animated Film ... April 21, 2005
    By Melissa
    Format:DVD
    From director Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH) this beautiful animated film comes a "tail" like no other. This story is about a little mouse named Fievel taking a "once in a lifetime" journey to America from Russia to escape the cats. They think by going to America there are no cats and can have a better life for their families. Upon their travels poor little Fievel becomes seperated from his family while arriving in New York.

    During his adventures he meets up with wonderful characters such as: Tiger (Dom DeLuise), Tony Toponi, Bridget, Honest John, Gussie Mausheimer (Madeline Kahn), Digit, Henri (Christopher Plummer) & more!

    This film also had some wonderful feature and ground breaking award winning songs such as:

    There Are No Cats in America
    Never Say Never
    Somewhere Out There
    Somewhere Out There - James Ingram & Linda Ronstadt
    Duo

    Before Disney's beautiful Pixar films came to the big screen, there was the breathtakingly beautiful and realistic animation by Don Bluth and Steven Spielberg productions. It may be a little out dated for most, but it's truly a classic animated film with wonderful song's & colorful characters told in an original story.

    The DVD: Is very sweet as well it has sing-a-long song's, cute triva games for the kids, and more!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering childhood
    Wonderful movie with wonderful music and got to me in great shape. If you haven't seen this old movie, I would suggest checking it out. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Sara Baerlocher
    4.0 out of 5 stars cute and patriotic
    Cute, family friendly.
    It is about mice emigrating from Italy to the United States. There are many different pictures. Such as the statue of Liberty. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by summer Pisar
    5.0 out of 5 stars for kids from childhood
    This is a movie I got for my kids because I had it as a kid.
    Published 13 days ago by Lindsay R. Fiocco
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    Can't forget these titles!
    Published 16 days ago by Pabloj
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Classic.
    Published 17 days ago by d
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A childhood favorite. So happy to have this movie again!
    Published 23 days ago by Hattie Stahl
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    my kids loved this film lost it n had to buy it again but worth buying it
    Published 27 days ago by rosaura
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie but Awesome Goodie
    My grand kids, ages 9, 7, and 3 have seen every movie going, it wasn't easy to find one they hadn't seen. I remembered this one from when my kids were small. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by AZFan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie for little one. Made by Steven Speilberg for his son max.
    Published 1 month ago by Michael Everett
    5.0 out of 5 stars No Cats In America My A$$!
    Watched the crap out of this on VHS as a nipper. Now my kids get to enjoy the tale (tail). It still stands up as a classic.
    Published 1 month ago by thebaren
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