As children of the 80’s, my wife and I are very familiar with Fievel and his family. We can belt out Somewhere Out There with the best of them. When I saw An American Tail on a list of recommended movies about immigrants in America, I decided to watch it with my children for family movie night.
I’m always filled with trepidation when revisiting a childhood favorite. Will it hold up? I’m here to tell you that this one does! My kids were singing There Are No Cats in America! for days. The story was understandable for my 4 year old but still interesting for my 9 year old. And it was fun and funny and exciting, which made it a big hit for family movie night.
What I hadn’t remembered, but was happily surprised by, was that a major character in this film is a vegetarian. My family cheered when Tiger, the massive cat that guards Feivel’s cage after he’s captured by the cat gang, lets Feivel free because Tiger’s a vegetarian. Tiger and Feivel become fast friends, and Tiger even helps him find his family.
Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages 5+. It was enjoyed by my kids ages 4 and 9. I highly recommend this movie for your entire family.
Review by JENNIFER KALI