Welcome To Being Dead (When We Were Young, Episode 5)

somewhere-out-there-feivel-an-american-tail “But there are no cats in America
And the streets are paved with cheese.
Oh, there are no cats in America
So set your mind at ease…”

Hey, kids! Do you like cartoon mice? Catchy songs? And lots and lots of death? If your answer to these questions is “yep, yep, yep!”, then have we got the podcast for you!

When We Were Young’s 5th episode is all about a super talented guy who created an animated mouse you know and love. No — not that guy, and not that mouse. We’re talking about that other cartoon mouse maestro, Don Bluth, a former Disney animator gone rogue whose lifelong rivalry with the Mouse House makes for one fascinating tale. He brought us such beloved rodents as Feivel and Mrs. Brisby, as well as dead dogs, dead parents and a dead Russian whose corpse is still causing mayhem — ‘cause yeah, there is a lot of death in the work of Don Bluth!

Today, November 21, is the 30th anniversary of An American Tail. So let’s reminisce about the forgotten link between VHS tapes and fast food, ponder why so many kiddie flicks revolve around being violently orphaned, and see how old faves like The Secret Of NIMH, An American Tail, Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven, and Anastasia hold up against Disney’s 80s and 90s offerings. (Hint: the Bluth films have much more poverty and murder.)

THE SECRET OF NIMH
Release: July 2, 1982
Budget: $7 million
Domestic BO: $14.7 million

AN AMERICAN TAIL
Release: November 21, 1986
Budget: $9 million
Domestic BO: $47.5 million
International BO: $37 million
Total: $84.5 million

THE LAND BEFORE TIME
Release: November 18, 1988
Budget: $12.5 million
Domestic BO: $48.1 million
International BO: $36.7 million
Total: $84.5 million

ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN
Release: November 17, 1989
Budget: $13.8 million
Domestic BO: $27.1 million

ANASTASIA
Release: November 14, 1997
Budget: $12.5 million
Domestic BO: $58.4 million
International BO: $81.4 million
Total: $139.8 million

TITAN A.E.
Release: June 16, 2000
Budget: $75 million
Domestic BO: $22.8 million
International BO: $14 million
Total: $36.8 million

When We Were Young is a new podcast devoted to the most beloved pop culture of our formative years (roughly 1980-2000). Join us for a look back to the past with a critical eye on how these movies, songs, shows, and more hold up now.

You can follow us on Twitter at @WWWYshow, on Facebook at @WWWYShow, you can Email us at wwwyshow@gmail.com, and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes!

You can help us defray the costs of creating this show, which include purchasing movies/shows/etc to review, imbibing enough sedatives to take down an elephant, and producing & editing in-house at the MFP Studio Studio in Los Angeles CA, by donating to our Patreon.littlefoot-sad-crying-land-before-time-don-bluth

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