An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

  • Review Date: June 27, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

Common Sense Media says

The further adventures of immigrant mice.
  • Review Date: June 27, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 76 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Stereotypical portrayals of Eastern European Jews and Native Americans.

Violence & scariness

Cats terrorizing mice and being terrorized by dogs.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 27, 1991
DVD release date:January 20, 2004
Cast:Amy Irving, John Cleese, Phillip Glasser
Director:Phil Nibbelink
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:History, Music and sing-along
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Kid, 10 years old June 29, 2009
It's awesome
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old October 15, 2014

Not that it is inappropriate, just for a G-rated movie.

It is not that there is a lot of swearing or sex, but for a G rated movie, a women grabs a cat and says, "Oh pussy! Pussy!" Then, puts the cat in through to her boobs and keeps saying, "pussy". "Pussy" is used 9 times in it. Both are not acceptable in a G-rated movie. The movie's side character Tiger was really the only reason why it was good. Overall, it is 2 stars for me. Plus, they were showing this in History to everyone in 7th Grade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educator and 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.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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