An American Tail (1986)

american tail miceSomewhere…out there…there is a pigeon with a French accent constructing the Statue of Liberty.


Yeah, I didn’t get that “tail” pun until like 2007.

A man named Don Bluth is the big cheese (pun very much intended) behind An American Tail. Good guy. Great animator. Loves rodent movies.

As far as cast goes, there were only two names I recognized, and until now I had no idea they were in this film: Christopher Plummer (the pigeon) and Madeline Kahn (the mouse in charge of the rally). You probably know Plummer from The Sound of Music and The Scarlet and the Black. Madeline Kahn isn’t a huge name, but I saw her in What’s Up, Doc? and she was hilarious.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: While this film was a childhood classic of mine (and strongly recommended for your kids), I must admit it was a bit slower watching it as an adult. I will say, however, that the lanky mouse who gets a solo during the “No cats in America” song is equally disturbing for all ages.

american tail cartoonThis week I’ll be celebrating Independence Day, and I thought this movie does a great job of speaking to the human element (or…mouse element?) of immigration.

Like many people in this country, I have ancestors who emigrated from their home countries to the United States in search of freedom and new opportunities. Just today I was reading an account of one of my ancestors who sailed into New York on the 4th of July, 1866.

Whether it be for political freedom, for employment opportunities, or for religious purposes like my great-great grandfather, this country has long represented a light to those in search of a better life. As the pigeon says to Fievel Mousekewitz: “This is America, the place to find hope.”

Every convenience, every opportunity, every meaningful freedom I enjoy I owe to those who came before me and acted in faith. This knowledge instills in me a desire to do the same for my family.

Whatever country we live in and whatever freedoms we have, we ought to do all we possibly can to ensure our posterity is better off because of the life we live.

For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father…” — 3 Nephi 21:4

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One Response to An American Tail (1986)

  1. linddykal says:

    This movie scared me as a kid lol

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