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An American Tail Live (1990 - 1997)

American Tail Live stage in 1990 (photo by Philip Donnelly)

This outdoor arena stage was in the area now occupied by the Despicable Me show building (on top of the parking structure). Adjacent to it was the Fievel's Playland area.
The set design for the show was all scaled so that the performers in mouse costumes looked tiny. The exclusive photos below from a 1990 performance show how well the illusion worked.
The "lead" mice had animatronic eyes and mouths which were operated by the dancers themselves (via triggers in the gloves). Tiger the cat was a mechanical puppet. He was operated by three people; one on each arm and a third buckelled into a chair sitting in the torso who could move the head using handlebars and control the mouth, eyes and eyebrows through a series of cable triggers much like the brakes on a bicycle.  The operator on the cat's right arm had a cable control that could open and close the bottom two of Tiger's four fingers. 
This allowed him to point and approximate holding on to Fievel during parts of the show. The show was performed to a pre-recorded soundtrack (download below).
Fievel can still be seen around the park as part of Streetmosphere.

Download the soundtrack for An American Tail Live
MP4 File (Quicktime) /
Windows Media Audio - 14m30s

Photo Gallery

Entrance to the theatre (photo by Russ Glasson, 1990) Publicity artwork for An American Tail Live A tiny Fievel alone on stage (photo by Russ Glasson, 1990) Finale of the show (photo by Russ Glasson, 1990) - September 2006 A giant cat appears (Photo by Russ Glasson, 1990) More characters in the auditorium (photo by Russ Glasson, 1990) Fievel in the audience (photo by Philip Donnelly, 1990) Photo from press pack (c) Universal Studios Hollywood 1990 Photo from press pack (c) Universal Studios Hollywood 1990 Photo from press pack (c) Universal Studios Hollywood 1990
Entrance to the theatre (photo by Russ Glasson, 1990)
American Tail Live stage in 1990 (photo by Philip Donnelly)
Publicity artwork for An American Tail Live
A tiny Fievel alone on stage (photo by Russ Glasson, 1990)
Finale of the show (photo by Russ Glasson, 1990) - September 2006
A giant cat appears (Photo by Russ Glasson, 1990) - September 2006
More characters in the auditorium (photo by Russ Glasson, 1990) - September 2006
Fievel in the audience (photo by Philip Donnelly, 1990) - September 2006
Photo from press pack (c) Universal Studios Hollywood 1990 (courtesy Universalstonecutter)
Photo from press pack (c) Universal Studios Hollywood 1990 (courtesy Universalstonecutter)
Photo from press pack (c) Universal Studios Hollywood 1990 (courtesy Universalstonecutter)
Entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood with An American Tail auditorium visible on left. Photo by Russ Glasson, 1990

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