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Mr. Grasping is the main antagonist of An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island. He is a greedy industrialist who owns the largest cheese factory in the Tri-State Area along with his partners, Mr. Toplofty and Mr. O'Bloat. He was voiced by Ron Perlman.
Role in the film
Grasping is introduced alongside his partners when he confronts Tony Toponi for being late for work, but he is convinced to let him keep his job by Papa Mousekewitz. However, his associates convince him to keep an eye on Papa as a potential troublemaker. He is later revealed to be paying NYPD Chief McBrusque to keep the factory workers in line, and is also secretly employing Scuttlebutt to spy on Dr. Dithering's research.
Upon learning about the Lenape, Grasping calms his panicked colleagues and convinces them that they could distract their disgruntled workers by preying upon their anti-Native American sentiments. He reveals the existence of the village to the factory workers and turns them into a mob to hunt down Cholena. He later presides over Dr. Dithering's trial, but is forced to flee when Papa turns the crowd against him. As a final effort to regain control, he directs McBrusque to destroy the Lenape to prevent an alliance between them and the workers.
Following McBrusque's death, the factory workers organize a union and go on strike. In order to avoid bankruptcy, the factory owners are forced to negotiate with the strikers. However, Grasping assures his associates that they will find a way to regain control.
Mr. Grasping places profits over all other concerns. He is cunning and manipulative, using the workers' xenophobia to distract them from their grievances. He is also ruthless, being willing to set the police on his own workers to keep them in line, and he will even resort to genocide in order to keep control.
However, for all of Grasping's cunning, he is not infallible. He spectacularly misjudged the crowd at Dr. Dithering's trial when he tried to dismiss Papa Mousekewitz as a foreigner. Papa's response that they were all foreigners is what turned the crowd against him.
- Mr. Grasping is voiced by Ron Pearlman. Some of his other roles include Vincent in the TV series Beauty and the Beast, Hellboy in the Hellboy films, Dieter Reinhardt in Blade II, Nino in Drive, the Stabbington Brothers in Tangled, Warhok in Kim Possible, Slade in Teen Titans, Xibalba in The Book Of Life, and The Lich in Adventure Time.
- He is one of the few antagonists in the American Tail series who is a mouse (alongside Toplofty, O'Bloat, Scuttlebutt, Chief McBrusque, Moe, and the Orphan Bullies).
- Grasping, Toplofty, and O'Bloat may have been referenced in An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster. Early in the film, Papa tells his family about a group of factory owners whose abuse of their workers was exposed by Nellie Brie, resulting in their arrests. Some fans speculate that the rats Nellie exposed were the owners of the Cheese Factory, though this is unconfirmed.
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|Villains of An American Tail|
|Villains||Warren T. Rat • Digit • Moe • The Bullying Orphans• Cat R. Waul • T.R. Chula • Sweet William • One Eye • Frenchy • Felonius • Mr. Toplofty • Mr. Grasping • Mr. O'Bloat • Chief McBrusque • Scuttlebutt • Madame Mousey • Twitch • Bootlick • Slug|
|Gangs||• The Cossack Cats • Mott Street Maulers • Cactus Cat Gang • The Outlaw Cats|
|An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island|
|Characters||Papa Mousekewitz • Mama Mousekewitz • Tanya Mousekewitz • Fievel Mousekewitz • Yasha Mousekewitz • Tiger • Tony Toponi • Cholena • Chief Wulisso • Lenape Mice • Mr. Toplofty • Mr. Grasping • Mr. O'Bloat • Chief McBrusque • Scuttlebutt • Dr. Dithering|
|Locations||New York • Les Club Des Grands Fromages • Cheese Factory|
|Songs||We Live in Manhattan • Anywhere in Your Dreams • Friends of the Working Mouse|