History WesternAnimation / AnAmericanTail

10th Dec '16 1:56:31 PM Ingonyama
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* NewYorkSubway: The setting of much of the third movie. The Beach Neumatic Railway system actually did exist at the time the movies took place, and it was abandoned, [[ShownTheirWork so the writers at least did some research.]]

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* NewYorkSubway: The setting of much of the third movie. The Beach Neumatic Pneumatic Railway system actually did exist at the time the movies took place, and it was abandoned, [[ShownTheirWork so the writers at least did some research.]]
4th Dec '16 11:39:54 AM Angeldeb82
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* ArmedWithCanon: ''Fievel Goes West'', the LighterAndSofter first sequel which Creator/DonBluth wasn't involved with, seemed to take a few shots at the first movie (such as Tanya getting tomatoes thrown at her for singing "Somewhere Out There", and New York turning out to be a CrapsackWorld), and in general carried itself as if LighterAndSofter equaled better. Then the third movie came along, with yet another different team of writers. Fievel wasn't out west anymore, but in New York, and the writers decided to throw in a WhamLine about Fievel having a dream where he moved out west, implying that the second movie is now CanonDiscontinuity. They then proceeded to erase the LoveInterest of Tony Toponi from the first film and pair him with their new character (which didn't even work in-story).

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* ArmedWithCanon: ''Fievel Goes West'', the LighterAndSofter first sequel which Creator/DonBluth wasn't involved with, seemed to take a few shots at the first movie (such as Tanya getting tomatoes thrown at her for singing "Somewhere Out There", and New York turning out to be a CrapsackWorld), and in general carried itself as if LighterAndSofter equaled better. Then the third movie came along, with yet another different team of writers. Fievel wasn't out west anymore, but in New York, and the writers decided to throw in a WhamLine about Fievel having a dream where he moved out west, implying that the second movie is now CanonDiscontinuity. They then proceeded to erase the LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} of Tony Toponi from the first film and pair him with their new character (which didn't even work in-story).



** On the plus side, Papa is the mouse equivalent of [[FiddlerOnTheRoof Tevye]].

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** On the plus side, Papa is the mouse equivalent of [[FiddlerOnTheRoof [[Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof Tevye]].



* KnightOfCerebus: The cats can flip between this and LaughablyEvil at will, but when the cats decide to be a threat, they hit somewhere around pants-crappingly terrifying (particularly the Russian sequence in the first movie). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as they're natural predators of mice and are way, ''way'' bigger.

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* KnightOfCerebus: The cats can flip between this and LaughablyEvil at will, but when the cats decide to be a threat, they hit somewhere around pants-crappingly terrifying (particularly the Russian sequence in the first movie). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], {{Justified|Trope}}, as they're natural predators of mice and are way, ''way'' bigger.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Fievel's name is listed as 'Feivel' in the beginning credits of the first movie, which is the correct yiddish spelling. The spelling was changed to 'Fievel' to avoid confusing American audiences who might otherwise pronounce it as 'Fay-vel', but in other countries where the movie was released the 'Feivel' spelling was left intact.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Fievel's name is listed as 'Feivel' in the beginning credits of the first movie, which is the correct yiddish Yiddish spelling. The spelling was changed to 'Fievel' to avoid confusing American audiences who might otherwise pronounce it as 'Fay-vel', but in other countries where the movie was released the 'Feivel' spelling was left intact.



* VileVillainLaughableLackey: Par the course for just about every villain in the movies. Though in the case of Cat R. Waul's lackey Chula he only became laughable in the TV series, being AxeCrazy in the film.

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* VileVillainLaughableLackey: Par the course for just about every villain in the movies. Though in the case of Cat R. Waul's lackey Chula he only became laughable in the TV series, being AxeCrazy AxCrazy in the film.
16th Nov '16 1:54:55 AM gjjones
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* BigApplesauce

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* BigApplesauceBigApplesauce: Most of the films is set in New York City.



** Cat R. Waul has a similiar reaction to being called "Pussy Poo".

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** Cat R. Waul has a similiar similar reaction to being called "Pussy Poo".



* BeYourself: It's what both Fievel and Tanya learn by the end of ''Fievel Goes West'', and it's shown that they've learned it more through action than words; i.e. Tanya washing her make-up off and Fievel turning his hat right-side-in so it's blue again and not a cowboy hat. Tiger goes back to acting like a cat once he saved the day.

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* BeYourself: It's what both Fievel and Tanya learn by the end of ''Fievel Goes West'', and it's shown that they've learned it more through action than words; i.e. Tanya washing her make-up makeup off and Fievel turning his hat right-side-in so it's blue again and not a cowboy hat. Tiger goes back to acting like a cat once he saved the day.



* CassandraTruth: No one will listen to Fievel about Cat R. Waul's evil plans, except for Wylie Burp.

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* CassandraTruth: No one will listen to Fievel Fievel's statements about Cat R. Waul's evil plans, plans are dismissed by everyone including his family... except for Wylie Burp.



* MakeMeWannaShout: Tanya is able to break glass with her singing voice in ''Fievel Goes West''.

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* MakeMeWannaShout: Tanya is able to can break glass with her singing voice in ''Fievel Goes West''.



* PutOnABus: Cat R. Waul is defeated by being put on a train, much like how Warren was shipped off to Hong Kong. Almost all the villains in the ''An American Tail'' series are always defeated non-lethally. The exception being the spy and the corrupt police chief in the third movie, who are implied to have drowned.

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* PutOnABus: PutOnABus:
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Cat R. Waul is defeated by being put on a train, much like how Warren was shipped off to Hong Kong. Almost all the villains in the ''An American Tail'' series are always defeated non-lethally. The exception being the spy and the corrupt police chief in the third movie, who are implied to have drowned.



* [[RecycledINSPACE Recycled OUT WEST!]]

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* [[RecycledINSPACE Recycled RageBreakingPoint: When Tiger sees Chula about to kill Miss Kitty, he gets enraged to the point of sending the cats on the mousetrap.
* RecycledInSpace: Or in this case, "Recycled
OUT WEST!]]WEST!"



* ShoutOut: To ''Gunsmoke'', with "Miss Kitty".

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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To ''Gunsmoke'', with "Miss Kitty".



** How about Jon Lovitz as Chula? Throughout Fievel Goes West, he seems to keep changing the type of voice he's trying to use.

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** How about Jon Lovitz as Chula? Throughout Fievel Goes West, the film, he seems to keep changing the type of voice he's trying to use.


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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Tiger gets shocked out of his mind when he sees Chula, a spider. He also hates dogs. That all changes when Wiley trains to be like a dog. Tiger also snaps out of his arachnophobia when Chula threatens Miss Kitty.
7th Nov '16 6:25:59 PM Pamina
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* ChekhovsGun: Early in the film, when the Mousekwitzs first arrive at Ellis Island believing Fievel drowned at sea and is gone for good, Tanya's name is changed to "Tilly". At first it seems the only apparent reason for this was to educate kids about how immigration worked at the time. But later, when she hears Tony and Bridget calling "Philly!", this is how she realizes they're calling for Fievel.
** The giant mouse of Minsk story.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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Early in the film, when the Mousekwitzs Mouskewitzs first arrive at Ellis Island believing Fievel drowned at sea and is gone for good, Tanya's name is changed to "Tilly". At first it seems the only apparent reason for this was to educate kids about how immigration worked at the time. But later, when she hears Tony and Bridget calling "Philly!", this is how she realizes they're calling for Fievel.
** The In the opening Hanukkah scene, Papa tells Fievel and Tanya the story of "the giant mouse of Minsk story.Minsk," who was "so big he frightened all the cats." Fievel's memory of that story [[spoiler: inspires the giant mouse-shaped "secret weapon" used to drive away the cats in the film's climax.]]
7th Nov '16 6:19:41 PM Pamina
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty's golden yellow color in the film wasn't just artistic license; when the statue was first built it really was that color. It slowly rusted to its current green color over subsequent decades.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty's golden yellow copper color in the film wasn't just artistic license; when the statue was first built it really was that color. It slowly rusted oxidized to its current green color over subsequent decades.
6th Nov '16 1:56:01 PM nombretomado
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** Another one involves a mouse mentioning various destinations (one while boarding, the other before narrowly escaping being eaten by Cat R. Waul) while closing each phrase with "...and Green River", likely an homage to MelBlanc's famous [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny Show]] {{Catchphrase}} of a train leaving for "...Anaheim, Azuza, and Cuc-amonga".

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** Another one involves a mouse mentioning various destinations (one while boarding, the other before narrowly escaping being eaten by Cat R. Waul) while closing each phrase with "...and Green River", likely an homage to MelBlanc's famous [[TheJackBennyProgram [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny Show]] {{Catchphrase}} of a train leaving for "...Anaheim, Azuza, and Cuc-amonga".
27th Oct '16 3:49:06 PM Pamina
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* AesopAmnesia: You'd think that Fievel would learn not to go wandering off on a transportation device he's not familiar with after what happened in the first movie. But he does, and once again gets separated from his family. You'd also think his family would not jump to the conclusion that he's dead right away after he turned out to be alive the last time he got separated from them. They do.

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* AesopAmnesia: You'd think that Fievel would learn not to go wandering off on a transportation device he's not familiar with after what happened in the first movie. But he does, and once again gets separated from his family. You'd also think his family mother would not jump to the conclusion that he's dead right away after he turned out to be alive the last time he got separated from them. They do.She does (though Papa is more {{Genre Savvy}} and assures her that Fievel will come back).
28th Sep '16 12:12:00 PM DrNoPuma
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* PsychoPoodle: In ''The Mystery of the Night Monster'', the BigBad is a miniature poodle named Madame Mousey, who despises rodents because [[IAmNotWeasel she is often mistaken for one]], and so plots to get rid of the NiceMice by kidnapping them and giving them to the [[CatsAreMean cats]].
19th Sep '16 2:58:01 AM JackG
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* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: ''Fievel Goes West'' is a mixed example. While there are some revolvers, those only get aimed at inanimate objects or aimed so badly they don't come close to hitting anyone. When the cats (and one dog) have their shoot-out, it's with slingshots that use bullet and ricochet sound effects.

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* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: ''Fievel Goes West'' is a mixed example. While there are some revolvers, those only get aimed at inanimate objects or aimed so badly they don't come close to hitting anyone. When the cats (and one dog) have their shoot-out, it's with slingshots that use bullet and ricochet sound effects. Cat R. Waul has a revolver that's mounted and used like a {{BFG}}, as it's too large for the cats to hold.
18th Sep '16 6:33:02 AM JackG
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* DeathGlare: The Laaaaaazy eye.

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* DeathGlare: The Laaaaaazy eye.Eye!
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