An American Tail
Guys, I don’t know if you know this (I didn’t at all) but An American Tail came out in the 80s. How old do you feel right now? I don’t think you understand, this film is actually OLDER than I am. That’s incredible. This movie is cute, but intense, and is pretty bold when it comes to children’s films speaking about persecution and immigration.
In this film, a cutie-patootie (albeit, moderately clueless) little mouse called Fievel leaves Russia with his family to go to America. I don’t think you understand how awesome this movie is – so I’m going to tell you. Fievel’s family represents a family of Jewish immigrants who come to America to escape persecution but end up being persecuted in the US as well. Throughout the film, these mice deal with issues that echo real-life issues for immigrants coming to the states in the 1800s, like family members or friends dying on the boat or drowning. I think it’s so cool that a film about a cartoon mouse could emulate the idea of immigration and persecution without being so overwhelming as to terrify children. I’m just really excited about this film.
Most underrated character(s): Tiger – HE’S A VEGETARIAN CAT, YOU GUYS.