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{{Infobox|Box title = MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth: An American Tail|Image file = Marzgurl american tail.jpg|Image size = 250px|Row 1 title = Release Date|Row 1 info = September 9, 2011|Row 2 title = Running Time|Row 2 info = 11:39|Row 3 title = Previous Review|Row 3 info = [[MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth: Space Ace]]|Row 4 title = Next Review|Row 4 info = [[MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth: All Dogs go to Heaven]]}}(''Clips from the movie are shown'')
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{{Infobox|Box title = MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth: An American Tail|Row 1 title = Release Date|Row 1 info = September 9, 2011|Row 2 title = Running Time|Row 2 info = 11:39|Row 3 title = Previous Review|Row 3 info = MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth: Space Ace|Row 4 title = Next Review|Row 4 info = [[MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth: All Dogs go to Heaven]]}}(''Clips from the movie are shown'')
   
 
'''MarzGurl (vo):''' The 1980's were probably Don Bluth's brightest years in the animation industry, and his 1986 movie, ''An American Tail'', is really quite a good example. Bluth made some real gold when he was working with Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, which isn't hard to see based solely on the fact that ''An American Tail'' and ''[[Marzgurl Discusses The Land Before Time|The Land Before Time]]'' were pretty major box office success stories, even going so far as to beat out the [[The Great Mouse Detective|Disney animated]] [[Oliver and Company|features]] released in their respective years. ''An American Tail'' basically talks of the trails and tribulations of what an actual Russian Jewish family might have had to suffer through in 1885, except it was brought down to a much friendlier, child-friendly level, using mice and cats to illustrate the point. We're introduced to a family of mice, the Mousekewitzes. There's a mom, a dad, a girl named Tanya, an infant (Yasha), and our main character, Fievel. It starts when Fievel receives the over sized hat that he's so well known for in just about every image you see of him. Papa starts telling his kids a story about how wonderful it would be to live in America.
 
'''MarzGurl (vo):''' The 1980's were probably Don Bluth's brightest years in the animation industry, and his 1986 movie, ''An American Tail'', is really quite a good example. Bluth made some real gold when he was working with Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, which isn't hard to see based solely on the fact that ''An American Tail'' and ''[[Marzgurl Discusses The Land Before Time|The Land Before Time]]'' were pretty major box office success stories, even going so far as to beat out the [[The Great Mouse Detective|Disney animated]] [[Oliver and Company|features]] released in their respective years. ''An American Tail'' basically talks of the trails and tribulations of what an actual Russian Jewish family might have had to suffer through in 1885, except it was brought down to a much friendlier, child-friendly level, using mice and cats to illustrate the point. We're introduced to a family of mice, the Mousekewitzes. There's a mom, a dad, a girl named Tanya, an infant (Yasha), and our main character, Fievel. It starts when Fievel receives the over sized hat that he's so well known for in just about every image you see of him. Papa starts telling his kids a story about how wonderful it would be to live in America.
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'''MarzGurl (vo):''' The pigeon hooks him up with a ride to Immigration, or so Fievel thinks, but he doesn't exactly find anything he's looking for. Instead, he stumbles into Warren T. Rat. Okay, spoiler alert: Warren is actually a cat disguised as a rat, which we don't actually find out until later in the movie, but honestly, I mean, in comparison to all the other cats in this movie, this is a really small cat. Like, I wouldn't blame this guy for having compensation issues, this is a friggin small cat. Anyway, Warren has this British cockroach named Digit. He doesn't serve much purpose other than being mildly annoying. He's voiced by Will Ryan, who later appears in a number of other Don Bluth animated movies, all of which appear to be the exact same annoying role, just in a different movie.
 
'''MarzGurl (vo):''' The pigeon hooks him up with a ride to Immigration, or so Fievel thinks, but he doesn't exactly find anything he's looking for. Instead, he stumbles into Warren T. Rat. Okay, spoiler alert: Warren is actually a cat disguised as a rat, which we don't actually find out until later in the movie, but honestly, I mean, in comparison to all the other cats in this movie, this is a really small cat. Like, I wouldn't blame this guy for having compensation issues, this is a friggin small cat. Anyway, Warren has this British cockroach named Digit. He doesn't serve much purpose other than being mildly annoying. He's voiced by Will Ryan, who later appears in a number of other Don Bluth animated movies, all of which appear to be the exact same annoying role, just in a different movie.
   
'''Digit:''' Good, fire me, I'm fed up with that filthy smoke!
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'''Digit:''' Good, fire me, I'm fed up with that filthy smoke!
   
 
'''Warren T. Rat: '''Digi...
 
'''Warren T. Rat: '''Digi...
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'''Tiger:''' (''singing'') We're a duo, a duo, a pair of lonely ones who were made to be a two
 
'''Tiger:''' (''singing'') We're a duo, a duo, a pair of lonely ones who were made to be a two
   
'''MarzGurl (vo):''' And now it's time for the daring escape! Fievel leads the cats back to the resistance mice, who have prepared quite the cunning plan. After a goofy little interchange between the cats and the mice, including lots of fireworks and silly contraptions, the mice chase the cats into a trap onto the edge of a dock, where they're carried onto a boat destined for China. But by the end of the exchange, Fievel is separated from everybody! Oh, no, we're just about right back where we started! Will Fievel and his family ever be reunited?! Oh, yes, yes, they will. Hey, wait a minute, I've been wondering this for a few scenes in the movie: there's Fievel, Papa, Mama, Tanya. What happened to the infant from the beginning of the movie?! Who's taking care of that baby?! Anyway, the family's all back together again, and at the end of everything, we finally get to see a fully completed Statue of Liberty. Yay, happy endings all around!
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'''MarzGurl (vo):''' And now it's time for the daring escape! Fievel leads the cats back to the resistance mice, who have prepared quite the cunning plan. After a goofy little interchange between the cats and the mice, including lots of fireworks and silly contraptions, the mice chase the cats into a trap onto the edge of a dock, where they're carried onto a boat destined for China. But by the end of the exchange, Fievel is separated from everybody! Oh, no, we're just about right back where we started! Will Fievel and his family ever be reunited?! Oh, yes, yes, they will. Hey, wait a minute, I've been wondering this for a few scenes in the movie: there's Fievel, Papa, Mama, Tanya. What happened to the infant from the beginning of the movie?! Who's taking care of that baby?! Anyway, the family's all back together again, and at the end of everything, we finally get to see a fully completed Statue of Liberty. Yay, happy endings all around!
   
It's really quite the good movie, if not for the one thing I briefly mentioned before, but it's worth repeating. It really does feel like there's too many steps in the story to tell in just a little over an hour. There are lots of scenes that are incredibly brief, like Fievel's escape from the sweat shop, or Tony falling in love with the cat resistance mouse girl or what have you. At times, it feels like I'm watching a clip show from some other much bigger movie, but it is quite pretty to look at. A few times you see humans, you can really put focus on what Don Bluth wanted us to see; the humans were rotoscoped while the animals were animated purely by hand. It kinda makes the distinct difference between the two, so you know you should be focusing on the mice while what's happening up in the real world just sorta adds to the atmosphere.
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It's really quite the good movie, if not for the one thing I briefly mentioned before, but it's worth repeating. It really does feel like there's too many steps in the story to tell in just a little over an hour. There are lots of scenes that are incredibly brief, like Fievel's escape from the sweat shop, or Tony falling in love with the cat resistance mouse girl or what have you. At times, it feels like I'm watching a clip show from some other much bigger movie, but it is quite pretty to look at. A few times you see humans, you can really put focus on what Don Bluth wanted us to see; the humans were rotoscoped while the animals were animated purely by hand. It kinda makes the distinct difference between the two, so you know you should be focusing on the mice while what's happening up in the real world just sorta adds to the atmosphere.
   
 
(''A photo of Steven Spielberg is shown'')
 
(''A photo of Steven Spielberg is shown'')
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(''The cover for ''Maus ''is shown'')
 
(''The cover for ''Maus ''is shown'')
   
'''MarzGurl (vo): '''...''Maus'', in which Jews were also depicted as mice. I suppose that sounds like kind of a big deal, but I'm rather pleased that no lawsuits came of it, because I'm still a rather large fan of this movie and still find it to be a stunning piece of animation.
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'''MarzGurl (vo): '''...''Maus'', in which Jews were also depicted as mice. I suppose that sounds like kind of a big deal, but I'm rather pleased that no lawsuits came of it, because I'm still a rather large fan of this movie and still find it to be a stunning piece of animation.
   
 
(''The poster for'' The Land Before Time ''is shown'')
 
(''The poster for'' The Land Before Time ''is shown'')
   
'''MarzGurl (vo): '''In 1988, Don Bluth would follow up this movie with yet another Amblin Entertainment produced animated movie, ''The Land Before Time''. I'm sure many of you will remember just how long winded I've been over it and its sequels, [[MarzGurl Discusses The Land Before Time TV Series|TV series]], and [[MarzGurl Discusses The Land Before Time Video Games|video games]], so I'll spare you another discussion on ''The Land Before Time''.
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'''MarzGurl (vo): '''In 1988, Don Bluth would follow up this movie with yet another Amblin Entertainment produced animated movie, ''The Land Before Time''. I'm sure many of you will remember just how long winded I've been over it and its sequels, [[MarzGurl Discusses The Land Before Time TV Series|TV series]], and [[MarzGurl Discusses The Land Before Time Video Games|video games]], so I'll spare you another discussion on ''The Land Before Time''.
   
 
(''The poster for ''[[MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth: All Dogs go to Heaven|All Dogs Go to Heaven]] ''is shown'')
 
(''The poster for ''[[MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth: All Dogs go to Heaven|All Dogs Go to Heaven]] ''is shown'')
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(''Somewhere Out There plays over the credits'')
 
(''Somewhere Out There plays over the credits'')
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