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An American Tail Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Adorable, heartwarming tale of an immigrant mouse.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main character in this feel-good animated movie spends much of the film trying to find his parents, who he was separated from during a storm at sea. He faces many perils, including a near-drowning and attacks from monstrous cats, during his journey, which may prove too scary for the youngest viewers.

  • Families can talk about their own families experiences with immigration. Is there anything in the movie that families can relate to?
  • Talk about scariness in movies. What exactly makes a movie scary -- music, images, your own imagination? What makes some movies thrilling and others too frightening?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true3

    Educational value: A great introduction to the United States immigration experience of the late 1800s.

  • message true1

    Messages: An adventure with meaning, this story about the immigration experience from a mouse's point of view sheds a light on some of the dire circumstances that emigres experienced in the late 19th century.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Fievel meets many characters from different ethnic backgrounds who help him find his parents.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: A village is burned and cats attack mice. Peril on a ship's deck results in a mouse being lost at sea and separated from his parents. Fievel is caught in a fire.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Young mice share a kiss. Buxom pigeons represent the French bird female population.

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Honest John, a mouse political leader, drinks to excess at a wake. Characters smoke cigars.