An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

Movie review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Movie Poster Image
The further adventures of immigrant mice.
  • G
  • 1991
  • 76 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Stereotypical portrayals of Eastern European Jews and Native Americans.

Violence & Scariness

Cats terrorizing mice and being terrorized by dogs.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a fair bit of cartoon violence in this movie, though nothing especially bad. Somewhat more troublesome are the rather stereotypical portrayals of Eastern European Jews and Native Americans.

Wondering if An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is OK for your kids?

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byAshleighRN April 25, 2015

Violent & not appropriate for young ones.

Guns are not allowed in our house & the first segment shows Fievel shooting guns at a circle of "bad guys" - we had to shut it off.
Kid, 12 years old May 19, 2018


I found the original heartwarming for the '80s. This makes to many stink breath jokes. There were no positive messages whatsoever, other than always eat di... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byFlowers4You August 13, 2016

So Sexual

There are some cats and mice with provocative outfits. A mouse gets trapped in a cat's breasts. I think that that is enough

However, this movie has positi... Continue reading

What's the story?

Life in America isn't easy for the Mousekewitzes, so they head off to the frontier. What they don't know is that they and all their friends are being lured there by the evil Cat R. Waul (brilliantly voiced by John Cleese), who plans to turn them all into mouseburgers. But with the help of Wiley Burp, the worn out old dog of a sheriff (James Stewart's final film performance), Fievel manages to save the day.

Is it any good?

AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST is an uneven but entertaining sequel to An American Tail. There is an annoying subplot involving Fievel's friend Tiger the cat. Although Tiger does help in the final showdown, he's generally just loud, stupid, and irritating. There are some nice musical numbers featuring Fievel's sister Tanya, but Cleese and Stewart steal the show here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of the frontier and what drew people to the West.

Movie details

Our editors recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate