Profiles on all of the main characters of the An American Tail series.
Appeared in: Every An American Tail-related movie/television show/album/video game made.
Quote: "That's right, I'm talkin' to you, furhead!"
Description: Fievel is the main character of the series. He's a fearless child, who rarely gives up when he has a problem. He inherited the Mousekewitz family heirloom, his hat. It's been in the family for three generations, and it was given to him the night that the cats invaded Shostka and forced the Mousekewitz family to make the trip to America. In Fievel Goes West he's able to turn his hat inside out and make it into a cowboy hat; probably due to cartoon physics. 'Fievel' is the American spelling of his name, the traditional Hebrew spelling would be 'Feivel'. He was given the nickname Philly (or Filly) by his friend Tony Toponi. His other best friend is Tiger, a vegetarian cat and former member of Warren T's cat gang.
He's often a victim of his own curiosity. In An American Tail he is curious about everything he sees on his way to America, and his desire to see the fish led to him heading to the deck of a ship during a torrential downpour and being washed overboard, and in Fievel Goes West his desire to see the rest of the train going to Green River led to him overhearing Cat R. Waul's plans and being given 'the flying Ahhh". Both cases resulted in him being separated from his family; it's no doubt that this kid gives his parents a heck of a headache on a regular basis. He has a way with making enemies in high places too, but he always emerges victorious; toppling Warren's New York empire, foiling the scheme of Cat R. Waul, and leading other select villains throughout the rest of the series to their ruin. In Fievel Goes West he appears to be older, and more playful and outgoing than he was in the first film, which in turn affects the entire tone of the movie, which is more lighthearted. On the other hand, one cannot expect a small child lost in a huge world with little hope of finding his family again to act very playful or outgoing. Fievel's struggles between optimism and pessimism, and his overcoming of all odds despite being so small in a large world is always something all viewers young and old can relate to.
Voiced by: Amy Green, Betsy Cathcart (singing), Cathy Cavadini, Lacey Chabert
Appeared in: All An American Tail movies, Fievel's American Tails, and every album.
Quote: "I could always sing in front of the gift shop, and maybe they'll throw presents!"
Description: Tanya is a dreamer, much like her brother. Her personality is explored mainly in Fievel Goes West, where we learn she wants to be a famous singer and actress. Her singing ability is evident from the first movie and only improves with Fievel Goes West (she doesn't get a chance to participate in any singing in the 3rd or 4th films unfortunately). Her two signature songs, 'Dreams to Dream' and 'The Girl you Left Behind' are the most prominent songs in the film. "Dreams to Dream" in particular was enough to melt the heart of the villainous Cat R. Waul, sparing her alone from his evil plan to turn the mice of Green River into mouseburgers. Her personality ranges from shy and self conscious to outgoing and spunky throughout the series. Her relationship with her brother is very close and affectionate; she was the only member of the Mousekewitz family who never gave up hope that Fievel was still alive in An American Tail. We see that the siblings are fond of teasing each other in all three of the sequels, however, other moments show that they have a lot of love for one another. She expresses a bit of jealousy towards Fievel in the third movie, complaining that he always gets to have all the adventures while she is always stuck at home doing the laundry. She is never given a true love interest, though she has a huge crush on Reed Daley in Mystery of the Night Monster, which turns out to be fruitless when he pairs with Nellie Brie at the end of the film. However if the lyrics to "Dreams to Dream" are taken at face value, finding love is among one of her dreams in life.
Her appearance is a little different in every movie, she is at her youngest in An American Tail and appears in her most mature form in Fievel Goes West, a strong indication that Fievel Goes West takes place some years after the first film.
Voiced by: Nehemiah Persoff, Lloyd Battista (Fievel's American Tails)
Quote: "In America, there are no cats."
Description: Papa Mousekewitz (whose first name is Bernard according to the Fievel's American Tails episode 'Aunt Sophie's Visit'), is a kind father who enjoys telling his children old folk tales and legends, and playing the violin. The story he tells Fievel and Tanya at the beginning of An American Tail about the Giant Mouse of Minsk plays a bigger role near the end of the film. According to his account in the song 'There Are No Cats in America' he was orphaned at a young age due to a cat attack. He made money in Russia building violins, however once in America he found that this simply wasn't enough to support the family. In the third film he works at a cheese factory, his spirit broken by the harsh working conditions, and in Fievel Goes West the main reason he chooses to leave New York is because he is so poor he can't afford any birthday presents for Fievel.
He was particularly hard hit by Fievel's disappearance in the first film, coming to the conclusion that Fievel had drowned. He would hear none of it whenever Tanya begged him not to give up hope because she felt Fievel was alive somewhere. However, he is overjoyed when he is the first to be reunited with Fievel at the end of the movie. He was always a strong believer in the American dream, and he shows many of the same adventurous, optimistic and aspirational ways of thinking that Fievel and Tanya develop. So yes, this is where they get it from. And occasionally, he is taught to be more optimistic by his children.
Voiced by: Erica Yohn, Jane Singer (only in the 4th film)
Appeared in: All of the films, and Fievel's American Tails
Quote: "Papa, for you, everyday is Hanukkah."
Description: Mama is not a very prominent character in the series, but from what we see she balances Papa's carefree style of parenting with a more strict, disciplined style of her own. She is almost always taking care of Yasha, the youngest of their children. She also does much of the cooking in the Mousekewitz household. Taking care of a family, especially with Fievel running around and getting himself into trouble all the time, is quite the job. But somehow she manages. She is a lot more pessimistic and realistic than Papa. In the first movie she calls his tall tales about America nonsense and is quick to rub it in when they discover there really are cats in America, and in the second movie she warns Tanya, after catching her admiring a group of actors, not to stare at people less fortunate than herself. But without her the Mousekewitz family would likely fall into chaos, she's the one who keeps things running. If not for her Fievel would never take a bath, and we can't have a filthy little boy as the main character of the series, now can we?
It seems likely that her first name is Emily. The mouse at the Castle Garden immigration center mentions it briefly in the first movie when registering the Mousekewitz family. This is only a fan theory though, he could be saying "family", or Emily could be Yasha's American name.
Voiced by: Cathy Cavadini in Fievel's American Tails...her other voice actors are uncredited.
Appeared in: Every AAT film in some capacity, and Fievel's American Tails
Description: Yasha is simply the baby. She only appears in the first few parts of An American Tail and is strangely absent towards the end, possibly a goof on the part of the animators. Some people are even confused when Papa says his family is down to four after Fievel's supposed death because they forget Yasha exists. By Fievel Goes West her appearance gets an overhaul just as Fievel's and Tanya's did, however she still appears to be at least a year old, two at the very most (she doesn't appear to have aged as quickly as Fievel or Tanya, which is an enigma in itself). She is given a few amusing scenes in Fievel Goes West but she is in no way the main focus in any scene she appears in, and she descends back into obscurity for the direct-to-video sequels as a baby who is always bundled up and sleeping no matter what is going on. She even sleeps through a scene where Tanya is holding onto her while sliding down a water spout. A normal baby would be either screaming or laughing hysterically. She is reduced to more of a prop than anything.
But as strange as this is, she's the only character who's personality was actually enhanced in Fievel's American Tails, while everyone else's personality was mainly watered down or completely changed. Fievel's American Tails was where Yasha got her chance to shine. In the television series she is shown speaking (only one or two words at a time), and in the episode 'Babysitting Blues' when Fievel is stuck babysitting her, she proves to be just as good if not better at getting into trouble than he is. In short, her role throughout the An American Tail series seems to range between a prop and just to be there in the background to say 'look at me I'm a baby and I'm cute'.
Voiced by: Dom DeLuise
Appeared in: Every An American Tail movie, Fievel's American Tails, and mostly everything else.
Quote: "This is the worst moment of my life. I wouldn't wish this on a dog. Maybe a dog. "
Description: Tiger is one of Fievel's best friends. You might find that odd if you've never seen these movies before, because after all, isn't Tiger a cat? It turns out that Tiger is for the most part a vegetarian ('oh a little fish now and then...'). Tiger was once a member of the Mott Street Maulers, the cat gang run by Warren T. that was repressing the mice of New York and forcing them to pay protection money to Warren. It is unexplained how he came to be in a gang of tough, mouse-hungry felines. From what little we see, he doesn't seem to fit in well with them. After Fievel is captured and caged, Tiger volunteers to take Jake's guard shift. When he sees Fievel crying he immediately takes pity on the poor boy, they get to talking for a bit, and they realize they have more in common than either of them thought. So, Tiger lets Fievel out of his cage whilst breaking out in song, which then somehow sets off an alarm. Fievel runs off quickly to warn the mice about Warren. Warren then angrily fires Tiger from the gang, which finally gives Tiger the courage to say what he really thinks of Warren's music. Later in the movie Tiger seems to be the only former member of the Mott Street Maulers left in New York, and he helps the Mousekewitz family find Fievel.
Tiger is later accepted by the mouse community (to varying degrees). In the 3rd and 4th movies he is seen accompanying Tony much of the time, he's nearly always present during their adventures but serves as the cowardly comedy relief. In Fievel Goes West he was given a love interest, Miss Kitty. She seems to like him, but her problem with him is that he was too soft, she wanted a cat who was 'like a dog'. He decides to go west on his own after Fievel and Miss Kitty both move to Green River. He failed to board the train the Mousekewitz family boarded because of dog troubles, and instead hitches various rides. After an exhausting trek through the desert, a tribe of Native American mice make him their god, which is quite alright with Tiger as he gets to eat as many fruits as he likes. Later in the movie Fievel approaches him with the idea of being trained by Wylie Burp to take on Cat R. Waul, to which he reluctantly agrees when tempted by Miss Kitty's fragrance. After a rather funny training montage in which he learns to be more like a dog he gains his courage, and he helps Fievel and Wylie take Waul and his gang down. In the end Tiger finally wins Miss Kitty's affections.
Voiced by: Pat Musick
Quote: "Stick with me, kid."
Description: Tony is a tough, streetwise mouse in his late teens or early twenties, of Sicilian heritage. His last name derives from the Italian word for mouse, 'topo'. He seems to be an orphan, who has lived in New York at least long enough to develop a thick Brooklyn accent. He is first seen working in Moe's Sweatshop, a prisoner essentially, who's wages were going straight into Warren's pocket. Tony befriends Fievel after the child devised a mode of escape from the sweatshop through his father's mouse version of the story of Rapunzel, but Fievel runs off before Tony has a chance to thank him and help him find his family. He later tracks Fievel down and offers to accompany him. Tony takes a liking to Fievel, becoming somewhat of a big brother figure. Soon after, he happens to see Bridget giving a mouse rights speech, and it's love at first sight. Together Tony and Bridget work to help find Fievel's family, but to no avail. Tony and Bridget aren't successful until the fire at the pier, when they are separated from Fievel and desperately calling for him. Tanya happens to overhear them, and when they see Bridget has Fievel's hat, that is when they know Fievel is alive. Tony and Bridget are last seen kissing after the Mousekewitz family is reunited.
Tony falls for Cholena in the third movie with Bridget's absence, however, Cholena is far less receptive of Tony's advances. At one point after giving Fievel a Native American name meaning 'Cricket', she gives Tony the title 'Pula-ook', which he later finds out translates to 'turkey'. He gets a single kiss out of her at the end, but it's more of a friendly peck on the cheek than anything else. Despite Tony's unexplained single status his personality is expanded upon in the third and fourth movies. He aspires to be something more, to climb the ladder and make it big someday. This is shown in the third movie by his desire to get rich by working hard at the cheese factory and later by discovering treasure, and in the fourth movie by his desire to be promoted to a full time reporter from his lowly job as a paperboy. He has a humorously childish habit of exaggerating things in these movies, it's these qualities that perhaps makes him connect so well with Fievel; he becomes as close a friend to Fievel as Tiger. In his brief cameos in Fievel Goes West he is seen with Bridget and a child, implying the two had a child together. The AAT canon is slightly screwed up, but if one follows the line of thought that Fievel Goes West was not a dream and in fact happens after the 3rd and 4th sequels, perhaps Tony reunited with Bridget at some point in between.
Voiced by: Cathianne Blore
Quote: "This is America, don't be afraid! We can say cat here! Cat cat cat, and double-cat!!"
Description: Bridget is a mouse rights activist of Irish decent. Her parents were killed by cats in 1884, whether she was in Ireland or New York at the time is unknown. But this incident is likely what led to her becoming an activist against the unfair mistreatment mice suffered from at the hands of the cats of New York. She is first seen giving a speech in a back alley, imploring any mouse listening to get together and do something about the cats. It's about then that she met Tony. She seems to be just as attracted to Tony at first sight as he is to her. She also takes an immediate liking to Fievel, and agrees at once to help him, bringing them both to Tammany Hall. This is fruitless however, because Fievel's family was new to America and Honest John didn't know them yet. It is evident that Bridget, being politically active, knows people in high places. She sits on stage at Gussie Mausheimer's rally and was possibly one of the key figures in the building of the Giant Mouse of Minsk. She lives in a water tower atop a downtown building, and lets Fievel stay with her while he searches for his family, likely acting as his caretaker along with Tony between the scenes.
She disappears for the third and fourth movies, it is never explained where she went. Her absence is one of the canonical changes in the third movie which lead some people to dislike it. But she appears alongside Tony in a cameo in Fievel Goes West with a child in her arms. It can be assumed that she and Tony have started a family by then, and moved to Green River.
Voiced by: John P. Finnegan
Appeared in: An American Tail
Quote: "Who are ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?"
Description: Warren is the main villain of the first movie, the root of all of the evil that has befallen the poor mice of New York. His scheme is a protection racket, he pretends to act as a liason between the mice and the cats, offering to convince the cats not to attack the mice in exchange for their money. He also runs sweatshops, collecting the wages of the workers. When Fievel is dropped off by a pigeon at his makeshift office (a used suitcase), he offers to help Fievel find his family, but instead sells him into a sweatshop to make up the fifty cents of profit he lost the day before. In short, he is one greedy, evil conman.
Later on in the movie, Fievel is lured into the underground lair of the Mott Street Maulers by the violin of Warren, mistakening it for his Papa's playing. There we see Warren adorned in lavish clothing, enjoying the high life, surrounded by obedient cat lackeys, misquoting Shakespeare and playing his violin terribly because his nose 'keeps getting in the way'. He removes the fake nose, and undoes his ears. Fievel witnesses this on the other side of Warren's mirror, exclaiming, "You're not a rat! You're a cat!" Yes, Warren is actually a small cat disguised as a rat. He was behind the cat attacks all along. Warren promptly orders his gang to seize the mouse and lock him up. But thanks to Tiger, Fievel escapes. The Mott Street Maulers chase Fievel down to the pier. Warren attempts to use threats to get the mice gathered at the pier to hand over Fievel along with all their money. However, a couple well-aimed shots from Tony's slingshot reveal Warren's true identity as a cat, so naturally, he resorts to burning the building down. The Giant Mouse of Minsk is released soon after, terrifying Warren and chasing his gang off the pier and onto the anchor of a ship headed for Hong Kong. Warren and the Mott Street Maulers are shipped away to Hong Kong, never to be heard from again.
Voiced by: Will Ryan
Appeared in: An American Tail
Quote: "I don't know which is worse, the music, or the Shakespeare."
Description: A minor character, Digit the cockroach serves as Warren's accountant, calculating Warren's daily profits. He suffers from random charges of electricity from his antennae and hiccups. Though he may seem good-natured for the most part, selling Fievel to Moe's Sweatshop was actually his idea. He is however, very unhappy with his working conditions. He dislikes Warren's chain smoking habit, his violin playing, and his misquotations of Shakespeare. In fact he corrects Warren at one point, implying that he probably knows Shakespeare better than Warren does. On the other hand, Digit is also very afraid of Warren, and is kept under control by Warren's threats to eat him. Digit loves to count, and even suggests learning to calculate in Chinese when it is evident that the Mott Street Maulers are going to Hong Kong. He is given a rather simple children's counting game on the An American Tail DVD called Counting with Digit.
Voiced by: Christopher Plummer
Quote: "This is America, the place to find hope! So never say never!"
Description: Henri is a pigeon from France, who finds Fievel when he washes up onto Ellis Island in a bottle. He takes care of Fievel, giving him a bath and giving him hope that he can find his family, telling him "Never say never" by singing a song. Fievel takes this message to heart. Henri lives among a few colorful female pigeons, and is very passionate about the statue he's working on: the Statue of Liberty. One of his fellow pigeons was the one who dropped Fievel right at Warren's office, whether or not this was simply a coincidence is unknown. He appears again at the end of the film after Fievel has found his family. Fievel and Tanya ride on his back as he shows off his newly finished statue, and when Fievel asks if he can go see more of America, he offers up that sequel-promising line, "Someday, you will!"
He is briefly seen during a montage in The Treasure of Manhattan Island, giving Fievel, Tony, Tanya and Cholena a flight across New York harbor.
Voiced by: Madeline Kahn
Appeared in: An American Tail
Quote: "Wewease...the secwet...weapon!!!"
Description: Gussie is an uptown mouse who, much like Bridget, strives for equal rights for mice. She uses her money and upper class status to try to come to a solution to the cat problem. She's a bit of a snob sometimes (not that she realizes it), but she does her best to help mice of all classes. She speaks with a humorous lisp, pronouncing the word 'rally' like 'wowie'. When she decides to organize a rally, Fievel tells her about the story of the Giant Mouse of Minsk, which gives her the idea of building a replica to chase the cats away. She became the mastermind behind the plan to rid New York of the Mott Street Maulers.
Voiced by: Neil Ross
Appeared in: An American Tail
Quote: "A vote for Honest John, is a vote for freedom!"
Description: Honest John is a crooked politician, mousedom's equivilent to Boss Tweed. He's often seen drunk. Bridget took Fievel and Tony to Tammany Hall see if Honest John knew where Fievel's family was, but because they were fresh off the boat, he didn't know them yet. He was presiding over a wake at the time, adding the unfortunate dead mouse's name to a list of 'ghost votes'. It is likely that he joins Gussie Mausheimer's campaign against the cats in order to have his name attached to the effort, thus earning him more votes come next election. After Warren is vanquished he does acknowledge Fievel's contribution to their success.
Voiced by: James Stewart
Appears in: Fievel Goes West
Quote: "I'm tired of leading a dog's life and fightin' like cats and dogs against cats and dogs, a young pup's doggin' my trail tryin' to become top dog. I'm going to the dogs in a dog eat dog world, son."
Description: Wylie Burp is a legend of the Wild West among the animals of America, who in his day kept the law enforced in Green River, defeating the Cactus Cat Gang. Fievel idolizes him, and he is one of the reasons Fievel is so eager to move out west. And when Fievel discovers Cat R. Waul's plot to turn the mice of Green River into mouseburgers, Wylie Burp becomes Fievel's final hope. But, when Fievel finally meets him, Wylie is a shell of his former self; an over-the-hill, down and out drunkard whose spirit had been broken. But Wylie is so taken by Fievel's determination, that he offers to teach a younger dog to be tough, and to be the new law in Green River. Fievel didn't know any dogs, so they settled for Tiger. Wylie trained Tiger until he was tough enough to take on and defeat Cat R. Waul and his gang, saving the mice. At the end of the film, Wylie Burp presents Fievel with his very own sheriff's badge, in thanks for helping him out of his rutt. When Fievel begs to differ, stating that he wasn't really a hero, Wylie tells Fievel that he himself was the hero he was searching for all along.
Voiced by: John Cleese, Gerrit Graham
Quote: "Which would you rather have, the crouton or the entire caesar salad? Of course we're going to eat the mice, but only after we have exploited their labors. See, we are nice to the mice because it is intelligent to be so. If we act sweetly, they will come in droves. If we hiss, they will run and we will have to chase after them, an unnecessary expenditure of calories."
Description: The main villain of Fievel Goes West, Cat R. Waul's devious scheme seemed a long way to go just to feast upon a large number of mice. Waul is a businesscat, above such primitive and gruesome methods of collecting his food as chasing the mice down and eating them; 'an unnecessary expenditure of calories'. Instead, his plan was to travel to New York from Green River, and convince the impoverished mice there to move west, insisting that out west cats and mice were friends. And he forced his gang to keep up the act by being nice to the mice, much to their dismay. Fievel makes an enemy out of Waul when he overhears Waul's plan, and narrowly escapes being eaten when Waul opts instead to order Chula to give him 'the flying ahhh'. Later, when Fievel attacks Waul with a fork, he narrowly escapes being eaten again when Waul overhears the enchanting singing voice of Tanya Mousekewitz. Completely entranced, he picks the unaware young singer up and brings her to Miss Kitty, ordering her to get Tanya ready to perform in his saloon, insisting that Tanya is his 'diva'. When he is finally ready to unveil his evil plan at the official opening of his saloon, Tanya is placed safely up above with Miss Kitty while the rest of the mice are on what is secretly a giant mouse trap, to be activated when he cuts the red ribbon in front of his saloon. It is then that Tiger, Wylie Burp and Fievel storm in to save the day, engaging them in a slingshot showdown that results in Waul being flung into a mail bag and picked up by a train, forced to endure the cuddles of his busty owner.
In essence, Waul is a well pampered and cultured house cat, with a mind for complex and evil schemes. It could be that his owner makes frequent trips to and from Green River and New York. His schemes tend to be somewhat more crude in Fievel's American Tails, where he often actually does resort to simply chasing the mice down and trying to eat them, and he is treated more like a generic villain in the series.
Voiced by: Amy Irving
Quote: "Remember, the real lady is what's underneath the mask."
Description: Miss Kitty is a feline show girl with a tough attitude, who prefers her men to be equally tough. She and Tiger apparently began a relationship in the time before Fievel Goes West takes place, however she decides to leave New York and Tiger behind for opportunity in the west; she reasons with Tiger that she wants a cat who is more like a dog. When she appears again it is after Cat R. Waul has discovered Tanya's voice and wants Kitty to prepare her for the stage. She teasingly refers to Waul as 'pussy-poo', which he despises because it is what his owner calls him. It can safely be assumed that Miss Kitty must have witnessed an incident with Waul's owner capturing him and incessantly cuddling him. Besides this brief interaction, her real relationship with Waul is left obscure. Miss Kitty befriends Tanya and encourages her, giving her make up and a fancy dress before her performance. During this scene she reveals that she is unhappy in Green River, and misses Tiger. Later on in the movie she is impressed by the way Tiger has transformed himself after defeating Waul and his gang, and she kisses him.
She appears later in an episode of Fievel's American Tails called "Law and Disorder". She appears to have gone on tour and was just coming to Green River to visit.
Voiced by: Jon Lovitz, Dan Castellaneta
Quote: "The itsy bitsy spider, caught a mouse in his web. The itsy bitsy spider BIT OFF THE MOUSE'S HEAD!! Eeeeehehehehehe!!"
Description: Chula is Cat R. Waul's main lackey. He's very eccentric, sadistic, and a bit on the insane side. He often does Waul's dirty work, such as giving Fievel 'the flying ahh', plugging up the water tower in Green River, and keeping Fievel trapped in a bottle while Waul was distracted by Tanya. He then proceeded to place the bottle over a candle and burn Fievel; that's his sadistic side. He tends to enjoy his job maybe a little too much.
He is given a far different voice and personality in Fievel's American Tails. He seems far more tame, and even becomes friends with Fievel in one episode, though still a villain again by the end of the episode. Waul often hits him over the head with his cane and calls him an imbecile.
Voiced by: Elaine Bilstad
Appeared in: The Treasure of Manhattan Island
Quote: "This dream of yours is a wonderful thing, even if it has not always been taken to heart."
Description: Cholena is the daughter of the Chief of an underground tribe of Native American mice, who fled underground with the arrival of European settlers in Manhattan. She is selected to be the guide when the treasure expedition ends up finding their secret settlement. Tony immediately lusts over her at first sight, but she seems to have a closer connection to Fievel. Her trust in the European foreigners remains even after it is discovered that Scuttlebutt, one of the members of the expedition, (yes that really is his name...), had been stealing from them. She even cheers Fievel up when he feels ashamed of what his people did to the Native Americans. She sees people for who they are, not according to what group they fall under. She also proves to have a wonderful singing voice when she and Fievel sing "Anywhere in your Dreams". After Fievel convinces the Chief to let them take Cholena up to the surface to see if the Europeans have changed their ways she stays with the Mousekwitz family and they show her the sights of New York. She avoids all of Tony's advances along the way.
However, things do not go well once Scuttlebutt informs the three owners of the Cheese factory that Cholena is at the surface, and there are Native Americans under the city. The greedy conmen hatch up a scheme to spread fear among their workers and offering money to whoever finds Cholena in order to in turn gain their trust and loyalty. This dissolves into a street riot, and Cholena just can't understand why they're all after her. Fievel, Tony and Tanya bring her back down to her underground village and help fend off the invading New York police. Cholena decides to stay underground with her people, after bidding her friends farewell, and finally giving in and kissing Tony. The last we see of her is when Fievel sees her waving at him through his telescope, from a secret panel in a statue.
Voiced by: Ron Perlman, Tony Jay and Richard Karron
Appeared in: The Treasure of Manhattan Island
Quote: Grasping- "Fear is a powerful motivator."
Description: They're the owners of the cheese factory, which in the mouse community makes them pretty powerful and important figures. Though as villains they lack the evil ingeniuity that Warren T. and Cat R. Waul had, they use their power to its fullest and they know how to control the masses. They have the police force in their pockets (most notably Chief McBrusque, a merciless and cruel Irish policeman who isn't afraid to unleash some police brutality whenever someone at the factory stands up to them, provided he is paid handsomely afterwards), and they excert full control over their employees, understanding that fear is a powerful motivational tool. This is shown when Mr. Grasping decides not to fire Tony for being late to his job at Papa Mousekewitz's pleading, reasoning that since he almost was fired for being late, and lost a weeks pay in the process, he will be 'the very picture of punctuality' from then on. Like most generic villains, they love explaining their schemes to each other for no apparent reason, since one would expect everyone in on it would already know about it. It is during one of these fire side chats that Scuttlebutt came in to report the discovery of the map that leads the expedition to Cholena's tribe. It is explained aloud that Scuttlebutt was hired by the trio to report back Dr. Dithering's archeological finds in case they were of any interest. And when Scuttlebutt brings them news of Cholena's tribe later in the film, they decide to use it to their advantage, telling their evil plans to the audience by singing "Friends of the Working Mouse". They decide that their workers will be far easier to control if given an enemy, and the Native Americans became that enemy. Not only that, but they would come to see the villains as saviors, gaining their loyalty and respect. This turns into the street riot previously mentioned, in which the workers hunt down Cholena. During the riot Papa emerges as the voice of reason however, bringing everyone to their senses.
These villains are not so much defeated as they are put under control in the end, when Papa starts a labor union, giving the workers more power over how the factory is run.
Voiced by: Susan Boyd
Appeared in: The Mystery of the Night Monster
Quote: "Only fools are fearless."
Description: Nellie Brie is a no-nonsense, down to Earth reporter with a mind for facts. She's also one of the craftiest reporters New York's mice have ever known, and her work for the Daily Nibbler is legendary. Often times her reports involve going in disguise and finding corruption in any establishment from the inside and exposing it (one wonders where she was in the previous movie, they could have really used her then). It is mentioned she did such a report on a sweat shop, and when Tanya and Fievel meet her she is in the middle of trying to expose corruption at the gates of a cat-proof mouse community. But she feels anchored down by the Nibbler's Editor, Reed Daley, and his sensationalist headlines. She is more concerned with bringing facts to the citizens, while he is more concerned with selling newspapers. So the two are constantly at odds, despite the fact that deep down there's some mutual attraction.
She is dismayed when she is assigned what she believes to be Reed's next crazy story, the Monster of Manhattan, and even more dismayed when Reed assigns Fievel as her assistant, mostly just to tease her. But she gets along with Fievel, and tries to help him conquer his fears of the monster by getting to the bottom of the case and find a logical explanation for the disappearances of mice all over the city, singing "Get the Facts" with him in order to get her point across. Little by little, she follows the clues until she discovers that Madame Mousey, a poodle posing as a fortune teller, who'd run away from her owner, was behind the mechanical monster all along. She proves to be quite heroic when Mousey attacks the Daily Nibbler's offices with her mechanical monster, and after Mousey is defeated, she and Reed admit their feelings for each other. "We'll be miserable together." she stated jokingly.
Voiced by: Robert Hays
Appeared in: The Mystery of the Night Monster
Quote: "Fortune Cookie Crumbles for Chinese Family. No...ah I'll think of something."
Description: Reed Daley is the eccentric editor of the Daily Nibbler. He mentions being a war correspondent in the Civil War when he started in the journalism business, which would probably put him somewhere in his 40's by the late 1880's when the movie takes place. He cares more about selling newspapers than reporting however, and he takes special care in wording his headlines so that they are eye-catching. So when rumor of the Manhattan Monster spreads, he sees a golden opportunity to hype the story up and sell more papers. He takes little notice when Tanya swoons over him, but when he meets Fievel, who'd candidly doodled a picture of Reed with rather large ears (Nellie muses that the page wasn't large enough for an accurate representation), he assigns him to be Nellie's assistant. Fievel draws artistic representations of people's description of the monster, to be published in the newspaper.
Reed shows courage when Mousey attacks his offices, protecting both Nellie and Tanya but being injured and knocked unconscious in the process. When he awakens, he tells Nellie how he really feels about her, and the two become a couple.
Voiced by: Candi Milo
Appeared in: The Mystery of the Night Monster
Quote: "If Napoleon were a her with fur/ He would be me!"
Description: Madame Mousey (pronounced 'Moo-say') is a small french poodle, who fled her owner to cause some trouble on her own. She is self-conscious about her size, which is not much taller than most of the mice, and she completely hates being referred to as a rat, or having her name pronounced the way it is spelled. After being alienated from the stray dog community at Central Park, she comes to rule over a cat gang in the sewers. She makes some extra money as a fortune teller, though her true magical ability is questionable at best, she's merely swindling the mice for what they're worth. She made a deal with the cats in her gang, devising a way for them to capture the mice of New York, who by this point had barracaded themselves in cat-safe communities, by creating a mechanical monster. This monster would pop up from the ground and drag the unsuspecting mice to their doom. Once in the sewer, the mice were locked in cages, to be sold off to hungry cats.
Nellie Brie quickly becomes a thorn in Mousey's side when she starts unravelling Mousey's scheme, so they attempt to have her assassinated with the mechanical Night Monster. Luckily Tony drops a chandellier on top of it, saving Nellie and Fievel. Just when Nellie nearly has the case pinned on Mousey, and her cat gang is close to revolting against her, Madame Mousey's final act of desperation is to take the monster on a rampage in the mouse community, taking the Mousekwitz family (minus Fievel and Tanya) along with most of the other mice, and then attacking the Daily Nibbler's offices. However, her scheme is unsuccessful. After Fievel and his friends destroy the Night Monster, high ranking members of the dog community arrest her, and bring her back to her owner, a fate worse than death for Madame Mousey.
Her signature song is "Creature de la Nuit"