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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.

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, 10 years old June 29, 2009
It's awesome
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 an... 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.

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