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Template:Infobox Film An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island, titled in the film as An American Tail III: The Treasure of Manhattan Island was the first direct-to-video and third film in the An American Tail series, but, most likely, the second installment chronologically. This film was first released in the UK in 1998. It was released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in the United States in 2000. Thomas Dekker took over the role of Fievel Mousekewitz; Phillip Glasser, the original actor, was already 22 years old by then. Four actors from the original film (Dom DeLuise, Erica Yohn, Nehemiah Persoff, and Pat Musick) reprised their roles.

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Plot

The story starts off in a New York setting sometime after the first movie and before the second movie, presumably between 1886 and 1889 , and has Fievel recalling a strange dream in which he and his family went west. (Which many think retconned the previous film and TV series out of existence, though it is more likely, due to the younger appearance of Fievel, Tanya and Yasha, that this film and An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster simply take place before An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and the TV series. An alternate explanation is that Fievel's dream of going west was a foreshadowing instead of a retcon.) Fievel and Tony discover that an ancient treasure lies underneath Manhattan when snooping around an abandoned subway (the Beach Pneumatic Transit system) and stumbling upon the remains of a dead mouse clutching a treasure map, and they decide must find it with the help of an archaeologist Tony knows Dr. Dithering, along with fighting five villains as well.

The movie focuses on the relationship between the over exploited workers of a sweatshop (in this case a cheese production line) and the factory's rich owners (Mr. Grasping - played by Ron Perlman, Toplofty - played by Tony Jay, and O'Bloat - played by Richard Karron) here the villains. It also focuses on the plight of the Native Americans in the United States.

The treasure under Manhattan turns out to be a group of Native American mice living a long distance beneath the surface (far below the sewers and an underground pressurized train) that decided to hide when they saw how the first Europeans only brought war and disease with them, and didn't want to wait for the European mice to do the same to them. An emotional scene ensues when Fievel must struggle with how cruel his own people the Europeans were (and still are at the time the film takes place) to the natives of America.

The sachem decides to send his daughter, Cholena to the surface to see if they have "changed their ways". Upon their return, Stuttlebutt (one of the members of the expedition to find the treasure) reports to the villains unbeknownst to the rest of the members of the expedition, who then decide to use this to their advantage. They tell all the workers of the sweatshop about Cholena (obviously not by name) and that she is their enemy.

The mouse NYPD (Chief McBrusque - played by Sherman Howard, and McBrusque's henchman / Dr. Dithering's associate Scuttlebutt - played by John Kassir), who also report to the villains, engage in a bout of police brutality, burning down "every mouse house and rat hole" until they find her. After what basically degenerates into a street riot as the worker mice try to capture Cholena and anyone else involved with her, Fievel and his friends decide to take Cholena back underground, but the police find out and go after them. Meanwhile, everyone fnds out about dr.Dithering's friendship with the indian and take him to the butcher shop for his punishment. Papa tells everyone about how madness like this is why they all left for America, and should work together to become friends with those different from them as the fellow Americans they are. Upon returning Cholena to her home and telling the chief what is happening, he gives them a bomb for them to collapse the tunnel connecting the Native Americans to the outside world. This floods it, together with the evil McBrusque and Scuttlebutt.

The movie ends with Fievel's papa forming a worker's union, and the villains agreeing amongst themselves to negotiate "with that riff-raff" because otherwise they'll go on strike and make them go background; while Tiger the cat, now the new police chief, watches them.

The second-last take shows Fievel seeing, through a foldable telescope, Cholena and her father disappearing into a hidden door at the foot of a statue. The last take being simply Fievel smiling as we fade to black.

Characters

  • Fievel Mousekewitz (voiced by Thomas Dekker): A little mouse boy and the main character. Fievel befriends an indian mouse Cholena. In the film fievel decided that since Cholena showed him her world that he should show her his world. In the end he was sad realizing many of the Mice haven't changed and had sinister plots that had to do with using the Indians. He was upset when heh had to say goodbye to his new friend. In the end when Dr.Dithering gave Fiievel a telescope he pointed to a direction where Cholena and her family were seeing the celebration of the new found peace in America.
  • Tanya Mousekewitz (voiced by Lacey Chabert): Fievel's sister, she is very spunky. Throughout the movie Tanya is upset over the fact that Fievel gets to have all the adventures. She, however, helps show Cholena the city of New York. In the end of the film Tanya is allowed by papa to help bring Cholena back underground.
  • Mama & Papa Mousekewitz (voiced by Erica Yohn and Nehemiah Persoff): Fievel's parents; Papa is employed in a sweatshop during this movie. He is not as peppy due to him being older. The bosses of the cheese factory consider him a trouble maker due to the fact, when tony came in late papa convinced them to let him keep his job, meaning he got what he wanted out of them, causing them to believe he is a trouble maker. In the end when all the mice are about to kill Dr.Dithering believing him to be helping with an invasion of the indians, Papa convince them that all the chaos they are making is the reason they left their homes for America, and that it isn't the Indians that are the danger, it is the owners of the sweatshop. In the monologue papa forms a worker's union to negotiate with the bosses of the factory. He thanks fievel for being his inspiration for a new hope.
  • Yasha Mousekewitz (not voiced): Fievel's baby sister.
  • Tiger (voiced by Dom DeLuise): The only cat friend of the Jewish-Russian mouse family. In the film he joins Fievel, Tony, Dr.Dithering, and scuttlebutt to find the treasure. When they reach the native mice they at first see Tiger as a threat, but he says he was thinking of converting. When Dr.Dithering was about to be executed in the butcher shop Tiger was a diversion. In the end he is the new police chief so he can keep an eye on the bosses of the cheese factory.
  • Tony Toponi (voiced by Pat Musick): Fievel's friend, who has returned from An American Tail. His girlfriend from the first movie, Bridget, is strangely absent in this film (especially given that An American Tail: Fievel Goes West had a cameo of them as a couple with a child), and Tony focuses his desires instead on Cholena. Tony worked at the cheese factory with Mr. Mousekewitz. He told Fievel, he thought of it as a way to get rich quick. He was late to work at the first time both he and Fievel were discovering the abandoned subway where the native American mice lived. Because of this the bosses of the factory were going to fire him but Papa convinced them to let him keep his job. He went with Fievel to get the treasure hoping to get rich faster.
  • Cholena (voiced by California Native American, Elaine Bilstad): Daughter of the Chief of the underground mouse tribe. She is polite and kind. She has tan fur and black hair. She was an escort for fievel when they first came to the village. They instantly became friends. When she joined Fievel, Tony, Dr.Dithering, and Scuttlebutt to the surface she wore her black hair in a bun with a pink dress, but kept her native american necklace with her. When the bosses of the cheese factory discover that there is an indian among them they use this as a way to trick the mice to work together to get rid of her hoping to make progress they would make more money. In the end Fievel, Tony, and Tanya get her back home. She was sad when she realized she had failed her quest to see if the European mice have really changed their ways. In the end Fievel sees Cholena through a telescope watching them enjoy their celebration. She also resists Tony's flirtation throughout the film. When Tony and her say their goodbyes she gives him a kiss making him blush and nearly fainting.
  • Dr. Dithering (voiced by Rene Auberjonois): The good doctor of the Museum. He was the one who discovered the abandoned subway. When Fievel, Tony, and Tiger came back with a map he was the one who discovered that it was a map to an old, assumed dead, tribe of indians treasure. He is slighty forgetful, such as forgetting Tony's name in the beginning. His assistant is Scuttlebutt, unaware if him being a spy he claims that he is just an odd and curious fellow. when everyone is tricked into finding the "blood-thristy, savage" indian they all find out about Dr.Dithering assisting Cholena. They take him to the butcher shop to be executed for assistants in helping to so called invasion. In the end he is saved by Papa. and Tiger. During Papa's workers union, the docter sees Xcholena through the telescope, and hands it to fievel, telling him to look in the direction where Cholena is looking over them all.
  • Chief Wulisso (voiced by David Carradine): The chief of the underground Indians / Cholena's father. When he first saw Fievel and the others, he thought the were invaders. But when Fievel gave them a peace offering, he decided it would be best to make peace with them, inviting them to study they ways of their lives. He was furious of the ways the European men came. They stole they land of the Natives, and spread disease and war. They did wait for the same thing for the European mice to do, so the took refugee in an underground tunnel, were there the subway was under. He allowed cholena to join Fievel if only she checks and saw if the mice have changed their ways. When she came back saying she failed he claimed that the mice haven't changed their ways and they would not go to the surface.
  • Chief McBrusque (voiced by Sherman Howard): The ferocious chief of the NYPD (New York City Police Department). He's looking for the find that Indian girl, Cholena, until captured. He was on by his bosses Grasping, Toplofty, and O'Bloat. He see that Papa is being a troublemaker for the factory.
  • Scuttlebutt (voiced by John Kassir): Dr. Dithering's associate, and McBrusque's assistant.
  • Mr. Grasping, Toplofty, and O'Bloat (voiced by Ron Perlman, Tony Jay, and Richard Karron): The factory's owners. They see that Papa was a troublemaker on the factory, and looking for these Indians.

Fievel's Dream

In the film, Fievel mentions a dream he had in which he was a "famous gunslinger" in the Old West. The film's opening titles state the film as An American Tail III which can lead an audience to believe that Fievel Goes West and Fievel's American Tails was the dream Fievel had. However, most fans of the second film do not wish to accept this explanation and instead have reached the following, perhaps more likely, explanation by analyzing the film: Chronologically, the film is set before An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (he does indeed appear to be younger in this film) and his dream is a set up for the next film. In Fievel Goes West he becomes neither famous nor a gunslinger. There is conflict over whether or not the direct to video movies are even canon themselves, depending on whether they can be regarded as sequels or spinoffs.

Soundtrack

"We Live in Manhattan" Written by William Anderson

"Friends of the Working Mouse" Written by William Anderson

"Anywhere in Your Dreams" Written by Wayne Tester & Sharon Rice

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