No. 71: An American Tail
The immigrants’ story, with fur
1986, dir. Don Bluth. It’s not A Jewish Tail. And Italian and Irish mice duly contribute verses to the seminal anthem, “There Are No Cats in America” (“and the streets are paved with cheese”). But that’s just the point: To tell the American tale of the persecuted mice from elsewhere making a life for themselves here—especially if you are, say, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg—you tell it through the story of the Mousekewitzes, from Minsk.