Special Showing

An American Tail

Sunday, October 6 at 1pm | Free Admission

This year Williams Reads explores the theme of immigration through various means, including the animated film, An American Tail. Told from a Russian Jewish mouse immigrant perspective, we follow the adventures and misadventures of Feivel and his family, as he is exposed to the glories and perils of American culture and the American immigrant experience.

The Williams Reads book selection for 2019-20 is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.


An American Tail

Starring: Phillip Glasser, Dom DeLuise

A young mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz (Phillip Glasser) and his family emigrate from Russia to the United States by boat after their home is destroyed by cats. During the trip, a fierce storm throws Fievel from the ship, and he loses contact with his family. Luckily, he manages to sail to New York in a bottle. There, Irish mouse Bridget (Cathianne Blore), an Italian mouse named Tony (Pat Musick) and a kindly cat named Tiger (Dom DeLuise) help Fievel search for his loved ones.

  • Director: Don Bluth
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Music

“A bright-eyed tale of Jewish triumphs that will find a place in many young hearts.”

– Washington Post

This is event is part of the year-long programing for Williams Reads, which aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation.