An American Tail

Continuity mistake: When Tiger and Fievel are doing their musical piece, Tiger wipes off the mirror and they appear the same size. When he lays out in front of the mirror, singing the line "We'll be there to pick each other off the floor", he places his head next to the cage bottom, still laying on the floor between them. In the mirror, however, that cage bottom is not reflected at all.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is first heading down the storm drain, as he believes his father is playing his violin, he leaves his hat on the surface, but a few seconds later he is seen holding the hat as he gets closer to the gang of cats.

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Continuity mistake: Watch the small bed inside the water tower. Soon after the song 'Somewhere Out There', a small piece of cloth appears from nowhere on it.

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Continuity mistake: Just before Gussie leaves Mickey O'Hare's wake, Fievel can be seen in the background behind Honest John eating a large piece of cheese from a nearby teacup. However in the next shot he's standing in a completely different location and no longer has any cheese in his hands.

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Continuity mistake: When Warren takes Fievel to his henchman Moe who is a rat, he is the same size as Moe. He is even able to go through the very small hole in the wall into the room. Later in the movie, Warren is now seen being the same size as a cat.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is running after Tony in the back alley, he gets stuck in a sewer grate hole and hears what he thinks is Papa's violin coming from down below. Throughout the scene at some points, Fievel instantly appears in different grate holes.

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Continuity mistake: After the Giant Mouse of Minsk lands in the ocean, a vacant pier can be seen from an underwater perspective. But once the angle changes seconds later, all of the mice are suddenly looking down below at the wreckage. Additionally, two ropes appear from nowhere hanging over the pier's edge.

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Continuity mistake: At Mouse Garden headquarters outside of the Commission of Immigration, several vendors are trying to sell things to a crowd. Below a top hat is a sign which distinctly reads 'Mouse Garden'. But fast forward to the one offering a used ticket to Chicago right near the headquarter entrance and you'll see how it now says 'Immigration Mouse Garden' instead.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel sits on the Statue of Liberty's torch, his right hand repositions itself between frames. First it's between his feet, then the outside of his left leg.

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Continuity mistake: During the storm, Fievel crawls to the edge of the step he's on and watches two fish flop around below deck. Keep an eye on his blue hat. At first it's in his left hand, but between shots the hat somehow jumps below the step he's on - from which he pulls it out with his right hand and places it back on his head.

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Continuity mistake: During the opening dialogue of "Never Say Never", Henri stands on the edge of a hot water bottle dressing Fievel. In the following shot Henri is standing on a container adjacent to the bottle instead.

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Continuity mistake: When Warren T. Rat grabs Fievel from behind the glass, his hand has a grip around Fievel's blue pants at first. But as soon as the shot changes, Warren T.'s hand is gripping bare ankle instead.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel discovers that Warren T. Rat is actually a cat in disguise, the hat tucked into his black belt disappears between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is looking out the tailor shop window thinking of a way to escape, his hat disappears from his belt between cuts.

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Continuity mistake: In Warren T. Rat's first appearance, he counts coins and places them into his overstuffed coat pocket. But when the shot changes to a closeup of Digit appearing from within the pocket, Warren T.'s hand is suddenly elsewhere, offscreen.

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Continuity mistake: When Warren T. Rat gets exposed by the mice and sets fire to Professor Digitalus' Museum, the word 'professor' is missing from the marquee at some points.

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Continuity mistake: After being bullied and tossed into a puddle, Fievel convinces himself that he'll never be able to find his family. Between shots, his arms cross themselves in a different manner.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is being pursued by a gang of cats, he runs into the museum and tries waking everybody up. At one point his left leg slips itself into his pants between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Gussie knocks a growling cat in the head from atop the museum marquee, several mice suddenly appear to her right in between shots - tossing various objects at the other cats below.

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Continuity mistake: When the mice are scaling a rope towards the ship bound for America, Fievel - holding onto Papa's tail - stumbles a second time and points out a smokestack coming from the funnel. But at some point between shots, Fievel loses his grip on Papa's tail.

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Continuity mistake: When Tiger and his pals are tearing apart the poker table in search of Fievel, watch the lower right corner of your screen. At some point during the commotion, one cat drops his gray hat and it vanishes into thin air.

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Continuity mistake: When the Giant Mouse of Minsk dives from the pier into the ocean, its head gets submerged immediately. But from the next angle beneath the surface, its head gets submerged a second time.

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Continuity mistake: When a hot coal rolls along the floor towards Papa, he lifts his tail in response. But when the shot changes, his tail is suddenly at rest again.

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Continuity mistake: When Papa is about to give Fievel a new blue hat, he starts off by holding it above the bill with his left hand. But from the next angle, he's seen holding it below the bill instead.

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Continuity mistake: Before Tony and Bridget kiss, he looks into her eyes and says "Cat." But between shots, Bridget's head instantly tilts from right to left.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is standing beneath the stove near a hot piece of coal, his hands are placed on his backside. But in the next shot he's seen reaching for his backside just before being burned by the coal.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is sitting upon Henri's head during "Never Say Never" his red shirtsleeves rest above Henri's eyes at first, but one shot later the sleeves are wrapped around Henri's chin instead.

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Continuity mistake: After the secret weapon breaks free from Professor Digitalus' Museum, some missing pieces of wood on the door frame reattach themselves.

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Continuity mistake: During "There Are No Cats in America" Papa finishes singing his piece, holding a blue hat in his right hand. But the hat vanishes between shots, right before the first chorus begins.

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Continuity mistake: After Tony whistles at Fievel from atop the Hester Street lamppost, Fievel's blue hat can be seen lying in a puddle. But between shots the hat moves itself onto dry ground.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is wandering the streets alone, he finds a small piece of cheese on the ground. But the number of holes in the cheese changes with every shot, right before it gets snatched up by another passerby.

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Continuity mistake: During the rally at Mausheimer Park, Fievel steps up to the podium and whispers a plan into Gussie's megaphone. When Honest John asks to hear it, Gussie can be seen holding the megaphone's handle with three fingers as she speaks to him. But once the shot changes, she suddenly has only two fingers on the handle.

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Continuity mistake: After Fievel sinks his teeth into Warren T. Rat's left arm from behind a mirror, he howls in pain. In this shot, the reflection of Warren T.'s teeth isn't reversed like it should be.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning when Tanya is looking into a mirror admiring her new orange headscarf, she turns completely around towards the dining room between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Fievel speaks to Tony for the first time about finding his family, he jumps up from the lower bunk bed and walks towards the window with a plan in mind. But between shots, several things change: Tony is awoken when Fievel accidentally kicks the top bunk (whereas he was fully alert and talking in the previous shot), clothespins holding the bunks together suddenly become wrapped in string around their centers, an orphan mouse appears from nowhere - sleeping by the window, and Fievel instantly switches from lying face down to belly before jumping out of bed.

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Continuity mistake: When Henri and Fievel land upon the Statue of Liberty during "Never Say Never", the statue's tablet is positioned right up against the cloak. But one shot later the tablet is extended far out into the air instead.

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Continuity mistake: In the sewer where Fievel is trying to evade the cats - at the point where he's on a roller skate heading downhill into the path of a live bear trap - several notches on the skate's belt disappear between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Between the overhead and underwater views of an apple falling into a barrel of herring, the barrel's wooden cover completely changes shape. It's missing a large triangular-shaped section in the shot where Papa makes his appearance.

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Continuity mistake: During the storm, Fievel gets carried off on a bar of soap. Upon making his way to the staircase he's seen five steps down below the swinging door, ducking for cover as a wave crashes into the lower deck seconds later. But after the wave passes by, he looks up at the swinging door from the sixth step instead - having not moved from his place through it all.

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Continuity mistake: When the Giant Mouse of Minsk is racing towards the other cats huddled at end of the pier, Warren T. Rat is briefly missing his nightcap in one shot.

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the orphan alley scene, from the point where Fievel gets taunted by a gang of bullies until he hears Papa's violin in the distance, the slanted window in the background is broken in different places from one shot to the other. At one point is has no visible breaks anywhere at all.

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Continuity mistake: As Fievel is gazing into the barrel of herring, an apple core falls in. The apple casts no reflection as it falls into the water, whereas Fievel's shadow is visible.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tiger and his friends are playing poker at a round table, the leader (who says "Ante up, boys") is seen wearing a different colored shirt between shots. At first it's purple, but in the close-up shot it briefly changes over to black.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening verse of "There Are No Cats in America," Papa finishes telling his story and an elderly mouse faints, dropping her sewing needles and yarn to the floor. But when the chorus begins in the following shot, she's suddenly holding them again.

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Continuity mistake: In the initial scene where Papa is handing out Hanukkah gifts, he gives Fievel a family heirloom: his blue hat. But as Papa drops the hat onto Fievel's head, the direction of its bill changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Before Digit jumps out from Warren T. Rat's pocket, he pushes out all kinds of accessories such as pencils and playing cards. But when Warren T. looks in the mirror trying to figure out how to make an extra fifty cents, the items reappear - sticking out of his pocket again.

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the entire scene involving Fievel being locked in a cage and singing "A Duo" along with Tiger, his blue hat is nowhere to be found. But after the floor mirror's glass shatters, he and Tiger are locked in a handshake and, all of a sudden, the hat is now tucked under his belt.

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Continuity mistake: After Gussie outlines a secret weapon plan to get rid of the cats, she walks over to the clock and moves its hands to 6:00. But right before the scene ends, the hands are positioned at 5:00 instead.

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Continuity mistake: During the storm, Fievel makes his way to the staircase and climbs a rope onto the fourth step. Suddenly a torrent of water rushes in from the deck above, forcing him to take cover. When Fievel emerges to look at some washed-up fish down on the floor below, the rope is nowhere to be seen - but it soon reappears a few shots later when Papa chases after him.

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Continuity mistake: When Warren T. Rat leads Fievel to the door of a tailor shop where his family is supposedly located, its hinges vanish right after Fievel jumps into the elevator.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene where Tanya and Fievel receive their Hanukkah gifts, Papa can be seen tying on a new headscarf for Tanya in front of a mirror. When Tanya turns around to admire it in the following shot, Papa's hands are still working but his reflection isn't visible in the mirror.

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Continuity mistake: When Warren T. Rat is playing the violin off-key, he hits a bad note and blames his fake nose for getting in the way. With the bow still in hand, Warren grabs his nose and proceeds to twist it off. But the bow vanishes in the next shot as his nose snaps free.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening shot of Mickey O'Hare's wake, the wooden door is visible with hinges attached on its right side. Pretty soon Gussie makes her entrance looking for Honest John, but now the hinges have switched sides.

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Continuity mistake: After Gussie Mausheimer walks out of Mickey O'Hare's wake, Bridget asks to speak with Honest John regarding Fievel's family. Pay attention to the attendees in the background who are gathered around Mickey's picture: they keep disappearing in every other shot throughout the remainder of the scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is curiously wandering around below the ship's deck he discovers three barrels of herring, each one of which is specifically marked for breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner being closest to the staircase). A little while later, Fievel is being tossed around on a bar of soap that carries him back to the barrels of herring. But when he lands on the dinner barrel, it's now marked as breakfast instead.

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Continuity mistake: During "A Duo," Fievel is standing on a cage tray which Tiger slides next to a dirty floor mirror. Once Tiger begins singing the chorus, the tray disappears - only to reappear in its original location once Fievel wipes the mirror clean in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: After Fievel gets captured by Warren T. Rat, he's ordered to work alongside numerous other mice in a tailor shop. In the following scene where everybody's asleep, Fievel jumps from his bed and walks over to the nearest window - making a reference to Rapunzel's hair and how well it would work to escape with. All of a sudden, two long white sheets conveniently appear on the floor behind him out of nowhere, from which he makes a long rope to rappel down the side of the building (not unlike Rapunzel's hair).

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Continuity mistake: During Mickey O'Hare's wake, Gussie Mausheimer opens the door and starts talking to Honest John about organizing a rally to help get rid of the dangerous cats. But during her last sentence regarding uptown mice, notice how the door has vanished.

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Continuity mistake: When Warren T. Rat is near the museum's entrance trying to negotiate with Gussie, he's wearing his purple nightcap and a rat disguise. But Tony's not convinced he's really a rat, so he sets out to expose Warren T. by firing his slingshot. In the following shot part of Warren T.'s disguise falls off as planned, but he's now holding the nightcap instead of wearing it. After replacing the nightcap he tries to explain his way out of the situation, but once again in the very next shot where Tony takes aim to fire a second time, he's suddenly shown holding the nightcap.

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Continuity mistake: When Warren T. Rat is playing his violin off-key, there's a female statue behind him adorned with candles, and at first glance it seems to be in good condition. But after Fievel witnesses Warren T. shedding his rat disguise, the statue is now significantly cracked in many places.

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Continuity mistake: During Mickey O'Hare's wake, Honest John's shot glass refills itself between shots, at the point where he asks Gussie Mausheimer, "What's a wawwy?"

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Fievel walks in on a group of cats playing cards, Tiger slaps down his hand and yells "Rummy!" But once he gathers the cards and holds them up again, there's a 3 of Diamonds visible - which wasn't part of the original hand to begin with.

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Continuity mistake: When the secret weapon is released from Professor Digitalus' Museum, it demolishes the door and scares every cat onto the Star of Hong Kong's anchor. Just a few minutes later, Fievel can be seen passed out on an eyehook in the vacant museum. That's where a flame ignites a trail of kerosene, but when it soon becomes a full-blown fire, the door is once again intact (locks, chains and all) as though nothing happened.

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Continuity mistake: During "A Duo", Tiger picks up Fievel's cage and places it on a nearby step. Between shots, the cage tray decreases in size significantly (judging by the overhang).

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Continuity mistake: During the storm, two mice are shown playing a game of chess on a board which floats back and forth with the ship's motion. After the first mouse makes his move, it drifts across to player two. However, in the very next shot two things occur: the board's color changes from black & red to black & white, and the square pattern arrangement changes to that of a checkerboard (which means a black square is placed at the lower right hand edge of each player's side).

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Continuity mistake: When Papa's story is interrupted by the Cossack cats, some of the tableware gets knocked over and broken. But seconds later, in the shot where Fievel runs outdoors with a pot and spoon, all of the broken items reappear intact.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is making his way through the sewer looking for Papa, he enters the Mott Street Maulers' hideout where five cats are seen playing poker. The gray cat with a blue shirt is sitting on the carpet's edge, but in the next shot he's somewhere towards the middle instead.

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Continuity mistake: After Fievel tumbles from the railroad tracks, he can hear what sounds like Papa's violin coming from a building nearby. While he's running towards the street, his hat turns itself around between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When you see the water tower where Fievel is sleeping, the moon has already risen in the sky. But when he and Tanya start singing, the moon is just starting to rise.

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Continuity mistake: While Honest John is pushing both hands against the secret weapon to keep it from escaping, a clock strikes 6:00 A.M. At this point he raises his left hand and shouts, "Release the secret weapon." But when the shot changes, he's suddenly got both hands in place on the weapon once again.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning when Papa walks toward Tanya with a present hidden behind his back, notice how her hands pull apart from one another between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is running along a clothesline towards the sound of a violin emanating from a nearby apartment building, notice how the rope is attached to the siding at first. But one shot later the rope can be seen attached to the window sill instead.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel emerges from beneath a tea kettle cover and collapses onto the snow, Mama walks over and scolds him. A moment later, Fievel's feet are suddenly missing their pads.

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Continuity mistake: As Fievel is sleeping in the hay beneath a broken window at Orphan Alley, three bullies approach and start taunting him. In the next shot, Fievel is suddenly wrapped in a blanket, which is quickly pulled out from underneath him by the first bully.

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Continuity mistake: When Fievel is struggling to avoid the other cats on the player piano, Tiger appears on its right side and pounds the keys, just missing him. But Tiger instantly disappears from his location in the very next shot where Fievel jumps up to the music rolls.

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Continuity mistake: When Gussie is demonstrating a secret weapon plan for the other mice, she points to a world map, pushing a small wooden boat from the end of a dock all the way to Hong Kong and leaves it there for the remainder of her speech. After she's finished Gussie dismisses the mice, but now the boat has returned itself to the original location on the map.

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Gussie: We awe going to have a wawwy.
Honest John: A wawwy? What's a wawwy?
Gussie: You know. A wawwy. A wawge gathewing of mice fow a weason.
Honest John: Oh. A rally.
Gussie: That's what I said. A wawwy.

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When Tiger and Fievel are doing their musical piece, Tiger wipes off the mirror and they appear the same size. When he lays out in front of the mirror, singing the line "We'll be there to pick each other off the floor", he places his head next to the cage bottom, still laying on the floor between them. In the mirror, however, that cage bottom is not reflected at all.

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