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* TheDanza: It's quite possible that Fievel's nickname 'Philly' was chosen because of the name of his voice actor, Phillip Glasser. Although since Creator/StephenSpielberg's grandfather was also named Fievel but renamed Phillip in America, it could have just been a very fitting coincidence.

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* TheDanza: It's quite possible that Fievel's nickname 'Philly' was chosen because of the name of his voice actor, Phillip Glasser. Although since Creator/StephenSpielberg's Creator/StevenSpielberg's grandfather was also named Fievel but renamed Phillip in America, it could have just been a very fitting coincidence.


* TheDanza: It's quite possible that Fievel's nickname 'Philly' was chosen because of the name of his voice actor, Phillip Glasser.

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* TheDanza: It's quite possible that Fievel's nickname 'Philly' was chosen because of the name of his voice actor, Phillip Glasser. Although since Creator/StephenSpielberg's grandfather was also named Fievel but renamed Phillip in America, it could have just been a very fitting coincidence.


* FakeNationality: Christopher Plummer plays a French pigeon, as well.

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* FakeNationality: Christopher Plummer plays a French pigeon, as well. And Gerrit Graham voices the British-sounding Cat R. Waul on the TV series.

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** Mama's voice actresses (Erica Yohn, Creator/SusanSilo, and Jane Singer) play this trope straight, not to mention Lloyd Battista and Pat Parris respectively as Papa and his kid sister Sophie on the TV series.


* DuelingMovies: ''An American Tail'' and ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''. (Sort of; that movie came out in the summer, while ''Tail'' was released for the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season, though things were tense as Disney watched how well ''AAT'' would do in comparison to ''GMD''.) ''An American Tail'' won and became the highest grossing animated film in history up to that point, but that isn't to say ''The Great Mouse Detective'' wasn't successful. Still, it's been said that this was the movie that gave Disney the kick in the pants it needed to improve its animated films.

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* DuelingMovies: ''An American Tail'' and ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.''WesternAnimation/TheGreatMouseDetective''. (Sort of; that movie came out in the summer, while ''Tail'' was released for the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season, though things were tense as Disney watched how well ''AAT'' would do in comparison to ''GMD''.) ''An American Tail'' won and became the highest grossing animated film in history up to that point, but that isn't to say ''The Great Mouse Detective'' wasn't successful. Still, it's been said that this was the movie that gave Disney the kick in the pants it needed to improve its animated films.



** When David Kirschner came up with the idea for this, it was originally intended to be a half-hour television special, but thought it would be better as a full-length animated feature. He decided to turn to Disney, but the studio turned it down on the grounds that a story about a Jewish mouse was not commercial, leading to Kirschner relying on Creator/StevenSpielberg and Disney exile Creator/DonBluth to make the magic happen. One wonders how much of an impact it would have made for pre-''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Little Mermaid]]'' Disney if they actually trusted the audience enough in not feeling alienated by the hero's religion!

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** When David Kirschner came up with the idea for this, it was originally intended to be a half-hour television special, but thought it would be better as a full-length animated feature. He decided to turn to Disney, but the studio turned it down on the grounds that a story about a Jewish mouse was not commercial, leading to Kirschner relying on Creator/StevenSpielberg and Disney exile Creator/DonBluth to make the magic happen. One wonders how much of an impact it would have made for pre-''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid pre-''[[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1989 Little Mermaid]]'' Disney if they actually trusted the audience enough in not feeling alienated by the hero's religion!

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* NamesTheSame: [[{{WesternAnimation/Pinocchio}} Honest John.]]


* ExecutiveMeddling: This film and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' were the only examples of this ''[[TropesAreNotBad not]]'' [[TropesAreNotBad being a bad thing]] for Bluth. Creatively, it was always Spielberg's word over his, which he was not happy about, but then again, it ''was'' Creator/StevenSpielberg, although Bluth claims that Spielberg at least gave him the space to do his job properly. Both parties, however, were victim to Universal's lack of funding, as the higher-ups had no way of knowing whether or not it would be successful, resulting in several unfinished scenes and a somewhat choppy plot. Spielberg, who had never worked in animation before, was also frustrated by how notoriously slow and expensive it was to create even a single scene.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: This film and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' were the only examples of this ''[[TropesAreNotBad ''[[Administrivia/TropesAreTools not]]'' [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools being a bad thing]] for Bluth. Creatively, it was always Spielberg's word over his, which he was not happy about, but then again, it ''was'' Creator/StevenSpielberg, although Bluth claims that Spielberg at least gave him the space to do his job properly. Both parties, however, were victim to Universal's lack of funding, as the higher-ups had no way of knowing whether or not it would be successful, resulting in several unfinished scenes and a somewhat choppy plot. Spielberg, who had never worked in animation before, was also frustrated by how notoriously slow and expensive it was to create even a single scene.


* RealitySubtext: Fievel was the ''Yiddish'' name of Steven Spielberg's immigrant maternal grandfather Phillip Posner.

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Fievel was the ''Yiddish'' name of Steven Spielberg's immigrant maternal grandfather Phillip Posner.
** Bluth's decision to direct the first installment came from how he related to Fievel being separated from his family, as his career took time away from seeing his own family or starting a new one.


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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Many kids from the 2000's were introduced to this film (along with Bluth's other works) through HBO Family, which aired the movie every other day in the mornings.


* FakeRussian: Fievel's voice actor wasn't even remotely Russian, and neither was Tanya's. And Papa's voice actor, Nehemiah Persoff, was born in Palestine (well, it was Palestine when he was born). Though he and Fievel's voice actor Phillip Glasser ''were'' Jewish, so they were halfway there.

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* FakeRussian: Fievel's voice actor wasn't even remotely Russian, and neither was Tanya's. And Papa's voice actor, Nehemiah Persoff, was born in Palestine (well, it was Palestine when he was born).Tel Aviv, Israel (then Palestine). Though he and Fievel's voice actor Phillip Glasser ''were'' Jewish, so they were halfway there.


* ActorAllusion: Creator/MadelineKahn plays Gussie Mouseheimer with the same ElmuhFuddSyndwome she used for Lilly von Schtupp in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.


* ExecutiveMeddling: This film and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' were the only examples of this ''[[TropesAreNotBad not]]'' [[TropesAreNotBad being a bad thing]] for Bluth. Creatively, it was always Spielberg's word over his, which he was not happy about, but then again, it ''was'' Creator/StevenSpielberg, although Bluth claims that he at least gave him the space to do his job properly. Both parties, however, were victim to Universal's lack of funding, as the higher-ups had no way of knowing whether or not it would be successful, resulting in several unfinished scenes and a somewhat choppy plot. Spielberg, who had never worked in animation before, was also frustrated by how notoriously slow and expensive it was to create even a single scene.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: This film and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' were the only examples of this ''[[TropesAreNotBad not]]'' [[TropesAreNotBad being a bad thing]] for Bluth. Creatively, it was always Spielberg's word over his, which he was not happy about, but then again, it ''was'' Creator/StevenSpielberg, although Bluth claims that he Spielberg at least gave him the space to do his job properly. Both parties, however, were victim to Universal's lack of funding, as the higher-ups had no way of knowing whether or not it would be successful, resulting in several unfinished scenes and a somewhat choppy plot. Spielberg, who had never worked in animation before, was also frustrated by how notoriously slow and expensive it was to create even a single scene.


** When David Kirschner came up with the idea for this, it was originally intended to be a half-hour television special, but thought it would be better as a full-length animated feature. He decided to turn to Disney, but the studio turned it down on the grounds that a story about a Jewish mouse was not commercial, leading to Kirschner relying on Creator/StevenSpielberg and Disney exile Creator/DonBluth to make the magic happen. One wonders how much of an impact it would have made for pre-''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Little Mermaid]]'' Disney if they actually trusted the audience enough in not feeling alienated by the hero's ethnicity!

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** When David Kirschner came up with the idea for this, it was originally intended to be a half-hour television special, but thought it would be better as a full-length animated feature. He decided to turn to Disney, but the studio turned it down on the grounds that a story about a Jewish mouse was not commercial, leading to Kirschner relying on Creator/StevenSpielberg and Disney exile Creator/DonBluth to make the magic happen. One wonders how much of an impact it would have made for pre-''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Little Mermaid]]'' Disney if they actually trusted the audience enough in not feeling alienated by the hero's ethnicity!religion!


** Music/JerryGoldsmith was considered to compose the score, but was too busy with other projects and was replaced by Music/JamesHorner. Had things turned out differently, it would have been the second collaboration between Bluth and Goldsmith, after ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''.

!!''Fievel's American Tails''

* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''Fievel's American Tails'', which is doubtful to be released on DVD anytime soon (at least not in America, oddly). All 13 episodes were released on VHS in the early 90's though.
* NoExportForYou: In an odd and ironic inversion of this trope, the DVD release of ''Fievel's American Tails'' and the ''An American Tail'' video game for the Playstation 2 are available in Europe, but ''not'' America.
* NoBudget: "Fivel's American Tails", which was criticized for its OffModel character designs and stiff, often error-ridden animation; leading the show to being quickly canceled.
* TheOtherDarrin: Cat R. Waul is voiced by Gerrit Graham ([[ProductionPosse who had previously worked with the producers]] David Kirschner on ''Film/ChildsPlay2'' and Creator/StevenSpielberg on ''Used Cars''), and Chula is voiced by Creator/DanCastellaneta (and as a consequence sounds like [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Krusty the Clown]]).

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** Music/JerryGoldsmith was considered to compose the score, but was too busy with other projects and was replaced by Music/JamesHorner. Had things turned out differently, it would have been the second collaboration between Bluth and Goldsmith, after ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''.

!!''Fievel's American Tails''

* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''Fievel's American Tails'', which is doubtful to be released on DVD anytime soon (at least not in America, oddly). All 13 episodes were released on VHS in the early 90's though.
* NoExportForYou: In an odd and ironic inversion of this trope, the DVD release of ''Fievel's American Tails'' and the ''An American Tail'' video game for the Playstation 2 are available in Europe, but ''not'' America.
* NoBudget: "Fivel's American Tails", which was criticized for its OffModel character designs and stiff, often error-ridden animation; leading the show to being quickly canceled.
* TheOtherDarrin: Cat R. Waul is voiced by Gerrit Graham ([[ProductionPosse who had previously worked with the producers]] David Kirschner on ''Film/ChildsPlay2'' and Creator/StevenSpielberg on ''Used Cars''), and Chula is voiced by Creator/DanCastellaneta (and as a consequence sounds like [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Krusty the Clown]]).
''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''.


** When David Kirschner came up with the idea for this, it was originally intended to be a half-hour television special, but thought it would be better as a full-length animated feature. He decided to turn to Disney, but the studio turned it down on the grounds that a story about a Jewish mouse was not commercial, leading to Kirschner relying on Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/DonBluth to make the magic happen. One wonders how much of an impact it would have made for pre-''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Little Mermaid]]'' Disney if they actually trusted the audience enough in not feeling alienated by the hero's ethnicity!

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** When David Kirschner came up with the idea for this, it was originally intended to be a half-hour television special, but thought it would be better as a full-length animated feature. He decided to turn to Disney, but the studio turned it down on the grounds that a story about a Jewish mouse was not commercial, leading to Kirschner relying on Creator/StevenSpielberg and Disney exile Creator/DonBluth to make the magic happen. One wonders how much of an impact it would have made for pre-''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Little Mermaid]]'' Disney if they actually trusted the audience enough in not feeling alienated by the hero's ethnicity!


** When David Kirschner came up with the idea for this, it was originally intended to be a half-hour television special, but thought it would be better as a full-length animated feature, so he decided to turn to Disney, but the studio turned it down on the grounds that a story about a Jewish mouse was not commercial, leading to Kirschner relying on Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/DonBluth to make the magic happen. One wonders how much of an impact it would have made for pre-''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Little Mermaid]]'' Disney if they actually trusted the audience enough in not feeling alienated by the hero's ethnicity!

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** When David Kirschner came up with the idea for this, it was originally intended to be a half-hour television special, but thought it would be better as a full-length animated feature, so he feature. He decided to turn to Disney, but the studio turned it down on the grounds that a story about a Jewish mouse was not commercial, leading to Kirschner relying on Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/DonBluth to make the magic happen. One wonders how much of an impact it would have made for pre-''[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Little Mermaid]]'' Disney if they actually trusted the audience enough in not feeling alienated by the hero's ethnicity!

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