Characters / An American Tail

These are the main characters of the four An American Tail movies and the series Fievel's American Tails.
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     The Mousekewitz Family 

Fievel Mousekewitz

Voiced by: Phillip Glasser ("An American Tail", "Fievel Goes West", "Fievel's American Tails"), Thomas Alexander Dekker ("The Treasure of Manhattan Island", "Mystery of the Night Monster")

Fievel is the main character of the series. He's a fearless child, but his youthful curiosity often gets him into a lot of trouble, and he tends to get separated from his family on multiple occasions.

Tanya Mousekewitz

Voiced by: Amy Green ("An American Tail"), Betsy Cathcart(when singing "Somewhere out There") Cathy Cavadini ("Fievel Goes West", "Fievel's American Tails"), Lacey Chabert ("The Treasure of Manhattan Island", "Mystery of the Night Monster")

Tanya is Fievel's older sister. Tanya is a dreamer, much like her brother. Her personality is explored mainly in Fievel Goes West, where we learn she wants to be a famous singer and actress. Her personality varies from movie to movie, however, as does her appearance.

Yasha Mousekewitz
Voiced by: Cathy Cavadini ("Fievel Goes West", "Fievel's American Tails")

Fievel's baby sister. She's never a huge part of the plot, and often is inserted just to look cute. The animators even forgot about her halfway through the first movie.

Mama and Papa Mousekewitz

Mama Voiced by: Erica Yohn; Susan Silo ("Fievel's American Tails"); Jane Singer ("Mystery of the Night Monster")
Papa Voiced by: Nehemiah Persoff; Lloyd Battista ("Fievel's American Tails")

Fievel's parents. Papa likes to tell tall tales and wholeheartedly believes that there are no cats in America at the beginning of the first film. Mama, however, is much more down to Earth and isn't afraid to tell Papa when she thinks his stories are nothing but fairy tales.
  • Character Development: Papa becomes much more stern and father like in the TV series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mama does seem to enjoy being one every once in a while.
  • Grass Is Greener: Papa is never satisfied with where they're living.
  • Jewish Complaining: Mostly from Papa, at the beginning of both the 2nd and 3rd movies.
  • Jewish Mother: While Mama Mousekewitz is a less extreme example, she does display a few of the common stereotypes from time to time. Also a literal Jewish mother.
  • Manly Tears: From Papa in the first movie.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Papa bears no small resemblance to Tevye (only mouseified).
  • Parental Obliviousness: So, so many examples. They mean well, but they may be candidates for one the most irresponsible sets of parents ever portrayed in animation. In their defense though, they really should keep Fievel on a leash or something.
    • They refuse to believe that Fievel is still alive in the first movie until the evidence is staring them in the face.
    • They also won't listen to Fievel when he warns them about Cat R. Waul's evil plans in the second movie. Though to be fair, Fievel had also just told them that he'd run into a tribe of Indians where Tiger was worshiped as a god, so they believed that Fievel was delirious from heat stroke.
    • Not only that but they don't seem to have a problem letting their son go out on dangerous adventures in the sequels. But God forbid Tanya join him on any.
      • Speaking of which, they don't seem to mind the underage Tanya getting a job as a saloon singer at a bar full of cats either.
    • Their parenting skills Take a Level in Dumbass in Fievel's American Tails, where in "A Case of the Hiccups" they allow Fievel to take candy from a stranger and give it to everyone in town, in "Babysitting Blues" they actually trust young Fievel to babysit Yasha (and she almost gets eaten by cats several times), and in "Little Mouse on the Prairie" they actually force Fievel to take Tanya and Yasha with him on a dangerous journey into the desert where they all get lost and almost die. As if they weren't used to Fievel getting lost whenever he sets foot outside by now.
    • In The Mystery of the Night Monster, their idea of helping Fievel get over the recurring nightmares he keeps having about the alleged "night monster" is to have him join reporter Nellie Brie so he can hear eyewitness accounts of said monster attacking homes and "devouring" mice. Yeah, that's going to help him sleep better at night.
      • They actually made a joke of that, later.
  • The Storyteller: Papa.
  • Unnamed Parent: Somewhat averted. Papa is named Bernard in an episode of Fievel's American Tails. But his name isn't used outside that instance (and was probably invented for that episode).
  • Women Are Wiser: Mama.

     Characters Debuting in "An American Tail" 


Voiced by: Dom De Luise

The only nice cat Fievel meets, and one of his best friends. He's a bit cowardly but he can be brave when he wants to. He's also a vegetarian, so he never eats mice. Fievel Goes West is where he saw the most character development.

Tony Toponi

Voiced by: Pat Musick

A streetwise orphan that Fievel befriends in the first film while imprisoned in a sweat shop. After Fievel frees everyone Tony takes it upon himself to help Fievel find his family. He's largely absent from Fievel Goes West except for some blink-and-you-miss-it cameos, but he comes back in full main character status in the direct to video sequels.


Voiced by: Cathianne Blore

Bridget is an Irish mouse-rights activist who Tony meets and falls in love with. She tries to use her ties with the mouse politicians in New York to help find Fievel's family.

Warren T. Rat

Voiced by: John P. Finnegan

A crooked rat with a stranglehold on the mice of New York. He is greedy, selling poor little children like Fievel into sweatshops in exchange for their salary, and running a protection racket on the mice offering them protection from the cats in exchange for money.


Voiced by: Will Ryan

A tiny roach who works for Warren as an accountant. He is generally dissatisfied with his job, but seems to be too afraid to quit. He emits sparks from his antennae when excited.

Gussie Mausheimer

Voiced by: Madeline Kahn

A rich uptown mouse who is committed to ridding New York of its cat menace, and finally gets an idea on how to accomplish this from one of Fievel's fairy tales.


A French pigeon who encourages Fievel to seek his family when he washes up on Ellis Island.
  • The Cameo: Makes a cameo during a montage in The Treasure of Manhattan Island when Fievel and his friends are showing Cholena around New York.
  • Feather Fingers: They look like real wings most of the time, but then he does things like hold up a coin with his feathers.
  • Herald: He's the character that more or less sets Fievel off on his adventure.
  • Nice Hat: A top hat, which he lets Fievel wear briefly during their song.
  • Pep Talk Song: "Never Say Never"

     Characters From "Fievel Goes West" 

Wylie Burp

Voiced by: Jimmy Stewart

A retired law dog that Fievel idolizes before he moves out west. He then teams up with Fievel and trains Tiger to take his place.

Miss Kitty

Voiced by: Amy Irving ("Fievel Goes West"); Cynthia Ferrer ("Fievel's American Tails")

Tiger's ex girlfriend who leaves him to go west and have real adventures. Ends up as head matron to Cat R. Waul's saloon, and shows Tanya the glamor of stardom.

Cat R. Waul

Voiced by: John Cleese ("Fievel Goes West"), Gerrit Graham ("Fievel's American Tails")

An evil British cat who schemes to eat all the mice of Green River by luring them there with the promise that out west, cats are nice to mice. He's also Wicked Cultured and planned to spare Tanya from the fate of the other mice because he liked her singing voice.

T.R. Chula

Voiced by: Jon Lovitz ("Fievel Goes West"), Dan Castellaneta ("Fievel's American Tails")

Cat R. Waul's tarantula sidekick who gleefully obeys Waul's orders, and has fun doing it too.

Sweet William

Voiced by: Kenneth Mars

Originally just a random member of Waul's gang, he becomes a bigger threat in Fievel's American Tails.
  • Arm Cannon: His "mouse slapper" device that he orders from a catalog in one episode, an arm cannon that shoots nets at the mice. Rather Steam Punk if you consider the time period and setting.
  • Ascended Extra: Only appears as a background character in Fievel Goes West, but is the main villain in some episodes of Fievel's American Tails.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In "Babysitter Blues" when Yasha escapes Fievel and wanders into Sweet William's lair, the usually evil cat can't bring himself to eat such a cute little creature, and later saves her from Cat R. Waul.

     Characters From "The Treasure of Manhattan Island" 


Voiced by: Elaine Bilstad

Cholena is the daughter of the Chief of an underground tribe of Native American mice, who fled underground with the arrival of European settlers in Manhattan. Fievel befriends her and brings her up to the surface in an effort to prove that European mice aren't bad.

Mr. Grasping

Voiced by: Ron Perlman
Left to right: O'Bloat, Grasping and Toplofty

One of three corrupt owners (the other two are listed below) of a cheese factory, who turn it into a sweatshop and later stir the workers into a crusade against the Native American mice living beneath the city.


Voiced by: Tony Jay


Voiced by: Richard Karron

Chief McBrusque

Voiced by: Sherman Howard

A crooked cop who is on the payroll of the three villains, doing their dirty work and enjoying every minute of it.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Played straight in The Treasure of Manhattan Island.
  • Dirty Cop
  • Disney Villain Death: After a brief fight, Fievel blows up the tunnels, and Chief McBrusque and Scuttlebutt actually die by falling deep underground and being drowned by a flood of water.
  • The Dragon
  • Jerkass: Goes far from it as the film goes on.
  • Police Brutality: He embodies the whole trope. When he and Scuttlebutt first meet, he's sure it's their first meeting because Scuttlebutt doesn't have any broken body parts.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: He does this later on in the film with order from the factory owners.

Dr. Dithering

Voiced by: Rene Auberjonois

An archeologist from the Museum of Natural History that Tony worked for once, who deciphers the map Fievel and Tony find and accompanies their expedition for the 'treasure' under Manhattan that appears on the map.


Voiced by: John Kassir

Dr. Dithering's hired assistant, who as it turns out, was also secretly under the employment of Grasping, Toplofty and O'Bloat.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • Dirty Coward: Actually he's a good example of the contrast between a Dirty Coward and a Lovable Coward (Tiger) appearing in the same work.
  • Disney Villain Death: Dies along with Chief McBrusque in the climax when they fall into a deep hole in the underground and get drowned in a flood of water.
  • Evil Brit
  • Face–Heel Turn: Is thought to have been the assistant of Dr. Dithering but in actuality, he is a spy working for the corrupt factory owners.
  • You Dirty Rat: Tony's excuse to the Chief of the Native American mice after Scuttlebutt is caught stealing from them is "Well, he's a rat, ya know."
    • Scuttlebutt takes this harshly, as he goes straight for Tony at the end and smacks him into a wall.

     Characters From "Mystery of the Night Monster" 

Nellie Brie

Voiced by: Susan Boyd

Nellie Brie is a no-nonsense, down to Earth reporter with a mind for facts. She's also one of the craftiest reporters New York's mice have ever known, and her work for the Daily Nibbler is legendary. She's constantly at odds with her editor, who believes more in selling newspapers than bringing people facts.

Reed Daley

Voiced by: Robert Hays

He is the editor of the Daily Nibbler, a fast-talking and charismatic boss who's constantly at odds with Nellie Brie over whether her ideas for reports will sell newspapers.

Madame Mousey

Voiced by: Candi Milo

Madame Mousey (pronounced 'Moo-say') is a small french poodle, who fled her owner to cause some trouble on her own. She has a very short-fused temper, and starts her own gang of cats in the sewer.