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Fridge / An American Tail

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Fridge Brilliance

  • In An American Tail, the Giant Mouse of Minsk was the Golem! An artificial creature, larger than average but modeled after its creator(s), that drove off the oppressive forces threatening the helpless.
    • And, like the mice who came with Fievel's emigration group, the original Golem's creator was Jewish.
  • Henry the pigeon, who builds and lives in the Statue of Liberty, speaks some French. This is given a lot more significance by the fact that the Statue of Liberty was designed in France.
  • The reason Honest John is depicted as an alcoholic is to invoke the maxim: In Vino Veritas.
  • There is, in fact, a grain of truth to the song 'No Cats In America'. Domestic cats were bred and kept by Europeans and brought along with their Pilgrim owners oversees, but were never native to the Americas. This misguided view can be also compared to the views of many immigrants (especially at the time) who first came to America based off of was was basically a bunch of rumors about freedom and wealth.
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  • With the protagonist and co being mice, having cats as the allegory for oppressive higher ups makes sense. Immigrants from around the globe fled their home countries because of such people. People who, in truth, depended largely on the lower class if only for reasons raging from maintaining power over them to outright stealing from them. Yet this dependance doesn’t stop them from treating the working class as less then human. In this light, it is easy to see oppressive overlords as being literal predators to the working class. Tying into this is the song 'No Cats In America', about how they're is supposedly no oppression whatsoever in America.

Fridge Logic

  • Unless we never see Fievel go through immigration at the end of the first movie, Fievel's technically an illegal immigrant!
    • In 1888? there was no such thing. If you got to the USA, you were legal.
    • They are animals and laws do not apply to them like that?
      • But we see the rest of his family become registered citizens at Castle Garden early on in the film, which makes the Fridge Logic more jarring. Although it probably didn't matter as much back then.
      • Minor nitpick, put they were not being registered as citizens but as residents. You didn't get citizenship until you had lived in the country for a certain amount of time and pass a test.
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    • Maybe the Statue of Liberty flight happened right after running Fievel through immigration. They were in the right area for it to happen, and we don't know how much time has passed since the family's reunion and Fievel and Tanya getting a close up view of the newly finished statue.

Fridge Horror

  • All those orphans in the first movie, who conveniently disappear for the heartwarming reunion between Fievel and his Papa.
    • The three orphans who pick on Fievel say that his family should be looking for him not the other way around. One wonder how many of these orphans do have families that re looking for them but aren't lucky enough to find them like Fievel's family did.
  • In a brief shot just before the Giant Mouse scares off the Maulers into the water, we see a good number of cats recoiling in fear. A few seconds later, when the boat's anchor raises, we see that not a lot of them made it. Knowing how cats hate water, it's fair to assume a those that didn't make it drowned.
    • Alternatively, there might have been some survivors, who might have been recruited by Cat R. Waul for his gang in the sequel.
  • The cats are last seen on a boat, headed to China. China is infamous for its consumption of strange and exotic meat...including cats.
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  • Considering that the cats stand for upper-class oppressors and the mice are the downtrodden in this film... consider the scene of the Irish lad singing about his lost love. A powerful man could easily get away with murder if it involves a lower-class girl, and her beau wouldn't be able to do anything about it.

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