An American Tail: Modern Twists (FAKE)
"We went from a little mouse searching for his family and the American dream to time-traveling in modern times. How does that even work?"
An American Tail: Modern Twists is a 2005 American animated comedy film written and directed by Jacob S. Lee. This film serves as a spin-off of the An American Tail franchise and is a stand-alone sequel to An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster. It is the first film in the franchise to be released theatrically since 1991’s An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, the only film in the series not to be distributed by Universal Pictures, and the only film in the franchise to receive a PG rating.
Returning for the film are Lacey Chabert, Pat Musick, Dom DeLuise, Nehemiah Persoff, Jane Singer, Christopher Plummer, and Candi Milo, all reprising their roles respectively from previous installments. Newcomers include Alec Medlock, taking over the role of Fievel Mousekewitz, previously voiced by Phillip Glasser and Thomas Dekker, and Whoopi Goldberg, who voices American carrier pigeon Jackie.
Fievel Mousekewitz and company find themselves transported to modern-day New York City thanks to a time-traveling device designed by French poodle Madame Mousey. Along the way, they make new friends and encounter new enemies.
- The concept of taking characters from the past and transporting them to modern society is not only baffling, but insultingly stupid.
- Papa and Mama Mousekewitz, Madame Mousey, and Henri don't have that much screen time.
- Pointless and dated pop culture references, including scenes that spoof both The Matrix and Saturday Night Fever. There is also a scene that briefly involves Fievel and the gang watching Wheel of Fortune. We're not kidding!
- Poor grasp of the source material, especially the previous four films.
- It has the audacity to include a scene involving gross-out humor in the film.
- There is blatant product placement for JCPenny, ABC, MSN, Apple, Visa, and Motorola in the film.
- Weird cameo appearances of characters from both The Secret of NIMH and All Dogs Go To Heaven, which were both directed by Don Bluth, who also directed the first An American Tail film. So, they exist in the universe of An American Tail now? What's going on here? Why are they in this movie?!
- At the very end of the movie, there is a hip-hop rendition of, and we're not joking about this, SOMEWHERE OUT THERE! Yeah, 'cause that's what every American Tail fan wants to see, right? God, that's insulting!
- The animation is surprisingly well-done.
- The mice's new outfits, which were modernized takes of the outfits from the original film, were actually a very nice touch.
- The soundtrack is decent.
- All of the characters are likable.
- The voice actors all do a very good job, especially from the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Dom DeLuise.
- While the film's concept is terrible, at least Jacob S. Lee is trying to do something different with the franchise.