An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island

Posted: 13 Nov 2009 20:46 under 1998, Adventure, Animation, Family, USA

That adorable little imp Fievel Mousekewitz is back (An American Tail, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West). Plucky and determined, Fievel sets out on a quest for buried treasure, located under old New York City, where he and his family happily reside (although his sometimes-cranky father is a workaholic). Underground, Fievel meets a clandestine civilization of Native American mice, with a sweet little gal reminiscent of Pocahontas to provide a little romance to boot. This may be a direct-to-video offering, but the quality is topnotch—animation is rich and lush, and the original tunes are fun and catchy. Moreover, the movie stresses such welcome notions as loyalty, family, affection, friendship, honesty, and honor. There’s even a modest but effectively put message about who really belongs in America. Dom DeLuise, Party of Five’s Lacey Chabert, and David Carradine lend their voices to the production.

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