Feivel Mousekewitz is a little Russian mouse who emigrates to the United States with his family, after they are told that “there are no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese.” He becomes separated from his parents and sister, and is forced to work in a sweatshop by the evil Warren T. Rat (a cat in disguise). Feivel is resilient and courageous, and finds friends (including a kind cat) who help him until he finds his family. The score features the hit song, “Somewhere Out There.”
Families who see this movie should talk about how their own ancestors came to America (or wherever else they settled) and about the immigrant experience.
The sequel, “An American Tail: Feivel Goes West” features the voice of Jimmy Stewart as the slow-talking Sheriff Wylie Burp.