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Mr. Grasping

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Fear is a powerful motivator.
~ Mr. Grasping
Mr. Grasping is the primary antagonist in An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island, the second sequel to An American Tail. He is the leader of the factory owners. He is voiced by Ron Perlman.


Grasping has light-brown fur, gray hair, and white eyebrows. He wears a black top hat with a purple stripe on his head. His suit is purple, and he has a yellow tie. He is tall and skinny, and walks with a cane.


He nearly fires Toni Toponi from his job for being late, but is convinced by Mr. Mouskewitz to let him keep his job. When questioned by O'Bloat, another of the factory owners, why he let Toni keep his job, he says it is because "fear is a powerful motivator". He is then convinced by the third factory owner, Toplofty, to keep an eye of Mr. Mousekewitz, so he has their spy, Scuttlebutt, spy on the Mousekewitz family.

Upon finding out about the Indians, Grasping tells the citizens that the Indians want to attack, stirring them up into an angry mob. After a long rampage to find the Indians, Dr. Dithering is accused of helping the Indians and brought to the butcher shop for his punishment. He is rescued by the friendly cat, Tiger, before Mr. Mousekewitz convinces all the mice that the Indians mean no harm and that the factory owners are the real enemy. With every mouse in Manhattan now against them, the factory owners retreat, but not before Grasping, refusing to admit defeat, tells Chief McBrusque to turn the Indian home into a burial ground.

After McBrusque is stopped, along with Scuttlebutt, the factory owners are forced to give the citizens what they want or they'll go broke. Mr. Grasping tells them that soon they will regain control, and that there are lots of ways to scare a cat, only to be scared off by Tiger.


  • His personality is similar to Ratcliffe, using other slaves to work for them to be rich and made them forget about their Indian friends. The term "grasping" means greedy, so it's quite fitting.
  • Alongside the other villains in the third movie, Mr. Grasping is the only antagonist who is a rodent in the series, as opposed to Warren T. Rat & Cat R. Waul.


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