AN AMERICAN TAIL
1986, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Don Bluth

Young Russian mouse Fievel (voiced by Phillip Glasser) and his family are immigrating to America, a refuge they mistakenly think is cat-free, when he is separated from his parents and sister. Forced to fend for himself in a strange land that most certainly has a nasty feline presence, Fievel bands together with streetwise Italian mouse Tony (Pat Musick) and politically oriented Irish mouse Bridget (Cathianne Blore), and together the three concoct a fantastic plan to rid New York City of its cats once and for all. With the voice talents of Christopher Plummer as inspirational French pigeon Henri, and John Finnegan as the unscrupulous Warren T. Rat.


THE LAND BEFORE TIME
1988, Universal, 69 min, USA, Dir: Don Bluth

After a devastating tectonic plate-shifting disaster, five young dinosaurs - determined brontosaurus Littlefoot, headstrong triceratops Cera, babbling pterodactyl Petrie, adorable saurolophus Ducky and sleepy-eyed stegosaurus Spike - are left alone, and must embark on an incredible journey to reach their surviving family members. But Sharptooth, the tyrannosaurus rex responsible for the death of Littlefoot's mother (and one of the most terrifying villains in the history of animation), is never far away, and the little dinosaurs know they must confront the carnivorous monster before they can reach the utopian Great Valley. A wonderfully funny, sad and uplifting film about the search for family and the acceptance of difference, with resonant narration by Pat Hingle: “There had never been such a herd before. A long neck, a three-horn, a big mouth, a flyer and a spike-tail all together, all knowing that if they lost their way, they would starve or find themselves in Sharp Tooth's shadow.”


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