An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

 
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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
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byKmfan97 August 11, 2015
 

definitely a great yet sometimes overlooked example of a sequel that is better than the original.

I watched this movie yesterday for the first time since I was 7 because I watched the original for the first time two months ago in my 7th grade civics class and I loved that one so I thought I would 're watch this one because I remember loving it when I was 7 and I gotta say that I personally enjoyed this second installment more. This movie is about fivel and his family as well as other mice being tricked by a gang of cats into moving west because they tell them there is opportunity out west but what they really want is to capture them so they can turn them into mouse burgers and eat them. So fivel teams up with his cat friend tiger and the old sheriff dog of the town wiley burp and they eventually have to save the day at the end. So what makes this movie in my opinion better than the original? Well first of all it has a great voice cast including dom deluise reprising his role as tiger from the first film, john cleese from the monty python movies voicing the villain of the movie cat r raul and in my opinion he does just as good of a job in a bad guy role as he does in a comedic role, the actress who would later voice blossom from the powerpuff girls voices fivel's sister tanya who has a beautiful singing voice and I actually had a crush on her character when I first saw this movie lol, and last but certainly not least jimmy stewart voices wiley burp in his final film appearance, may that great man rest in peace. This movie also has more action than the first movie and it is beautifully drawn in my opinion. However even though I gave this movie five stars even the best movies have flaws of their own. First of all it's not near as heartwarming/emotional as the first movie and it completely abandons the depressing tone of the original and instead goes for a more happy, colorful, kid friendly tone, second while it is a musical like the first film the songs in it just aren't as memorable as the songs the original had and the majority of the songs from the original were stuck in my head, however the best song from this movie in my opinion was dreams to dream sung by tanya, and third it was way too short and the climax in my opinion felt rushed but that's just me. The reason why I'm recommending that only kids 6 and up watch this movie is because it has a couple things in it that may make you question why it received a g rating. For starters the movie does have a few parts in it with gun violence but nobody is hurt/killed not with real guns at least, if you're concerned about that wait till your kiddos turn 7 to let them watch it especially if you have guns in your house but if your 6 year old kid knows never to play with guns than let them watch it because they will have a fun time. There are also two sexual innuendos in this movie including one in the middle where a lady with huge breasts tries to shove cat r raul between them and one at the end where tiger and his girlfriend miss kitty actually have sex off screen and you hear miss kitty say oh tiger and then wiley just watches them and says I never taught him that one implying that he never taught him how to have sex. Overall I really really enjoyed this movie and I think it's slightly better than the original despite it having barely any emotional/heartwarming scenes unlike the original which made me feel sad for the majority of it's runtime and I forgot to mention that the spot on humor that dom deluise as tiger delivers still makes me laugh till this day and I actually think he's better in this movie than he was in the original. Finally I say that 6+ kids should definitely watch this movie as long as they know never to play with guns especially if you have guns in your house and watch out for the small amount of sexual innuendo. And parents you should definitely watch this with your kids because both this and the original can be enjoyed by young and old, if I ever have kids one day this and the original american tail are definitely going to be some of the movies I watch with them:-)

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