Nov. 25, 2021

#44 - "An American Tail" (1986) with Chad Sheppard and Hanna Williams

#44 -

According to Roger Ebert, this 80’s Flick is one of the most depressing children's movies of all time—but try telling that to the millions of kids who fell in love with a mischievous, rebellious, but adorable kid mouse, his emigrating family, and the diverse cast of characters who all help, in one way or another, to reunite them. If you were one of those kids then join Tim Williams, his daughter Hanna Williams, and his friend Chad Sheppard, as they discuss “An American Tail” from 1986 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • During production, director Don Bluth staged a demonstration of the difference between limited TV animation and the full animation used in the film. He had his staff stack up animation cels by his feet into two piles, one representing two minutes of limited animation, the other two minutes of full animation. The TV pile reached only to Bluth's shoelaces; the film pile went all the way up to eye level.
  • Immediately after their loss of Fievel, and just after Fievel meets Warren T. Rat for the first time, Papa and Mama Mousekewitz are both noticeably lacking color in their next scenes. Their muted tones imply their grief and resignation. Tanya, in the same scene, has no dimmed color, as she still believes Fievel is alive.


Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo

Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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