The mouse selling tickets is, in reality, a puppet being controlled by Cat R. Waul up above them. Yasha whose feet aren't even touching the ground tries running too. Treasure of Manhattan Island begins with Fievel talking about a dream about moving out West, which suggests a retcon but could be foreshadowing as well. While the first film was directed by Don Bluth, direction was handled by Phil Nibbelink and Simon Wells in their directorial debut for the sequel. Papa tells her not to worry, he's sure it will be wonderful out West. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, known as the second American Tail film, was the first production for Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, a collaboration of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, whose offices were located in London. Fievel Goes West was released in the United States on November 22, 1991, exactly five years and one day after the release of the original American Tail film, and the same day as Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Common Sense Media, on the other hand, considered this sequel "mediocre" due to the lack of positive role models and morals. [23] It made its worldwide premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as their big children's theatre recital performance, on November 17, 1991, where 275 inner-city kids that were guests of Fannie Mae's company attended the event; the children also made their own American Tail storybook and posed with a costume version of Fievel for pictures. Flint Dille After an eventually successful training session to work on Tiger's skills, By Lazy Eye eye on, the trio go back to Green River to fight the cats, who had scheduled to kill the mice at sunset. The opportunity to never see the sun shine?" It is the only such playground at any of NBC Universal's theme parks. [18], An American Tail: Fievel Goes West was Steve Hickner's first time as an associate producer, a position that forced him to be more sociable than he usually was; he later took his experience on the film as valuable, as it taught him the lesson of "acting [giving him] way to actual behavior". Tiger asks if there's anything wrong with his breed. A Dinosaur's Story (1993), Balto (1995), and a screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats which never saw completion. [134], On July 19, 1991, the Los Angeles Daily News announced Anita Baker would sing "Dreams to Dream",[138] but this did not happen. [6], The voices were recorded over a 10-day period at Interlock Studios (now Larson Studios) at Crossroads of the World in Los Angeles in 1989, ten takes for each actor at varying speeds and phrasing. She thinks about how to say it and decides on she just wants a cat, who's more like a dog. Meanwhile, Fievel waves goodbye to Tiger and gets on the train with his family. An American Tail Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. [18] She enjoying working on Kitty for Irving's Mae West-esque delivery and the "scatterbrained dialogue" giving her "a lot of freedom in [the character's] choreography". Review/Film; Immigrant Mice Face the Frontier", An American Tail: The Computer Adventures of Fievel and His Friends, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=An_American_Tail:_Fievel_Goes_West&oldid=999393910, American children's animated adventure films, American children's animated comedy films, American children's animated musical films, Pages using multiple image with manual scaled images, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 January 2021, at 23:23. Phillip Glasser reprises his role as the voice of Fievel Mousekewitz. [50], According to The Washington Post, Fievel Goes West tied with For the Boys (1991) for "the dubious if unofficial distinction of the fastest failure of a big-budget holiday movie. It's an indication of the general confusion that there isn't a single major horse character in this animated western. [98], An American Tail: Fievel Goes West received its first VHS and cassette release on March 19, 1992. However, they each figure that the other is a mirage and continue on their separate ways. Phil NibbelinkSimon Wells [13] The voice actors were videotaped during their recording sessions, and the animators used the footage for how the characters would move in the film. This was the same day Walt Disney Pictures' Beauty and the Beast (1991) was distributed, making it the first time in history two animated films were released on one date instead of two separate ones. Elsewhere Tiger is running to get to the train station. Papa orders the family to run, putting the container in a spin. Story by Fievel convinces him to help and train Tiger as a lawman and as a dog. However, Cat R. Waul is distracted when Tanya sings while working and is enchanted by her voice. [19], Fievel Goes West was initially planned for a fall 1990 release, but it was delayed to a late 1991 date. Tiger then bursts into tears and shouts for her to come back. Fievel later served as the mascot for Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, appearing in its production logo. An American Tail: Jesse Goes West is Yakko Warner's human film spoof of the sequel to An American Tail entitled An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. As soon as he makes his arrival, he quickly reunites with his family but is unable to convince them of Cat R. Waul's plans to kill them. He looks around for Fievel and finds his house empty. The leader Cat R. Waul reminds his comrades that they are to keep in clean and tidy, there is to be plenty of violence, but no eating. [82] It was also number 24 on GameSpot's "25 Best '90s Movies On Netflix",[83] appeared on Wonderwall's list of best animated sequels,[84] and landed on a Cosmopolitan list of "50 Movies You Definitely Watched in the '90s and Forgot About". However Fievel says that he forgot his hat, makes a grab for it and runs back out. It has a rich, deep style. Meanwhil… OlafandElsaRockz movie spoof of An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West His plan was to orchestrate a cat attack on the mice of New York and then entice them in the sewers in order to trick them into moving out west using a … [100], Beginning November 18, 1994, McDonald's, in a deal with MCA/Universal, offered customers a $2.50 rebate on a video purchase of Jurassic Park (1993) if they purchased from McDonald's one of the following tapes for six dollars: Fievel Goes West, The Land Before Time (1988), Back to the Future (1985), and Field of Dreams (1989). The cats fly into the air, then land into a mailbag. His attire has only changed during An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. [63][60] As critics summarized, the film "has constant activity but minimal objectives;"[59] "has little narrative drive or emotional resonance", its climax feeling "perfunctory and tacked on;"[64] and has "so many subplots and digressions" that "they simply failed to develop the central narrative. [85] Including it on a list of "19 Classic Movies That Prove 1991 Was Truly The Best Year For Film", Bustle described the film as "a fun, action-adventure comedy that gave Fievel's sister Tanya some much-needed screen time. Maybe we put too much faith in a sequel Fievel's American Tails when our audience had grown out of [An American Tail] six years later. [7] As Bluth explained, "the business deal wasn't such that it helped our company. It's like a John Ford western with Jewish mice". But before the trap can be tripped, the three foil the plot using their wits and their slingshots to combat Cat R. Waul's feline henchmen. With a little encouragement from Miss Kitty, she pulls off a performance for the cats. [16] Spielberg and Disney's Dick Cook suggested both films would be hits, although Spielberg predicted Beauty and the Beast to make more profits due to having more of an adult appeal than Fievel Goes West. He jumps off the train and lands in the water, where once submerged, he is disturbed by dogfish. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is the final film in the franchise that was theatrically released before it spun off into a TV series, Fievel's American Tails. A conductor mouse standing next to a human-sized pocket watch announces the stops of the next train, while a human picks up the watch while the mouse clings onto it. Fievel asks when will he understand. [122], Between January to February 1992, Marvel Comics ran a three-issue series based on Fievel Goes West, written by D.G. [79], In the late 2010s, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West was recognized on publication lists of best Netflix-available westerns,[80] ranking in the top ten of lists by Paste[81] and The Daily Dot. A computer game based on the film was created in 1993. Tanya rushes to the mice and, using her singing (and knowing that Cat R. Waul will not allow the trap to be triggered if she is there), alerts them to the trap and warns them to flee. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West holds a 54% critical percentage on Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews. "[89] A 2016 review from Greg Jameson of Entertainment Focus opined it "has less universal appeal than the original, because the themes aren't as rooted in human experience so it packs less of an emotional punch." [40] It also has the 124th all-time biggest opening weekend for a G-rated film,[41] opening in fourth place with $3,435,625;[42] and has 60th smallest weekend drop for a film in 600-plus theaters thanks to its second week grossing $3,782,080. As he lands, Tiger bounces off the doors of each cage, unlocking them as he does so. This sequence was designed and laid-out by an uncredited Alan Friswell, a special effects expert and stop-motion animator who was employed by the studio at the time, and is better-known for his work on the Virgin Interactive Entertainment Mythos computer game, Magic and Mayhem (1998), as well as his many model creations and magazine articles for publications such as Fortean Times, among others. [111] In the United Kingdom, it first appeared on December 6, 2006 on DVD as part of a Slim 2 box set that featured the first two American Tail films. Cat R. Waul tells Miss Kitty to put Tanya on stage. That's What Friends Are For 13. "[87] In her book Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films (Jewish Lives), Molly Haskell wrote that both An American Tail and its sequel Fievel Goes West were oddly more "personal" for Spielberg than Schindler's List (1993), "the film that certified the director's rebirth as a Jew, and his much-vaunted evolution into a newfound 'maturity. The film performed modestly at the box office, grossing $22 million domestically. A computer game based on the movie was created in 1994. Meanwhile, Fievel is chased by Chula and briefly taken prisoner, but flees. It was released on November 22, 1991. They roll until they reach the drain lid, whose edge forms a bump, blocking them. Papa helps his family set up a home under a 120-foot-tall, old water tower, explaining while other mice would scamper for a land to live in, a smart mouse would live closer to water in the dusty country. He tries to ask a cowboy on the stagecoach if he's going to Green River, but realizes (too late) that the cowboy was a dog. Production company(s) Tiger is reluctant at first, but relents at the suggestion that a new persona might win back Miss Kitty. [139][140] In the United States, Ronstadt's version of "Dreams to Dream" reached number 13 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart[141] and number eight on Cashbox's Looking Ahead chart. It's stylized without being arty. Tiger chooses to stay in the village while Fievel catches a passing tumbleweed, which takes him to Green River. He replies that there certainly are and if they have any prejudice against cats they had better stay put because out in the West cats and mice help each other. He sends Tanya to Miss Kitty, who's now a diva, and she reveals that she came out west at the request of Cat R. Waul - an action she now seems to regret. [22] It was moved to the fall of 1991 in November 1990. He pulls at one of their tongues, asking "Cat got your tongue?" Stupid mice! Fievel's bullet turns into a cork tied to his gun, which changes to a toy gun. His parents start to panic, but are relieved to see him come back in. At their home, Tanya Mousekewitz is singing "Somewhere Out There" out the window. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. Fievel is especially interested in hearing that Wylie Burp is out there. It also tends to be seen as the best ever sequel to a Don Bluth film, since most others are not highly regarded. Chichester with art by George Wildman.[123]. Numerous subplots send the characters off in unlikely directions while the main plot thread is left undeveloped. He attributed this to Spielberg's busy schedule, meaning he didn't have enough time to focus on animation.[55]. A few years after immigrating to the United States in 1885, the impoverished Mousekewitz family (Nehemiah Persoff and Erica Yohn) discovers that conditions are not as ideal as they had hoped, as they find themselves still struggling against the attacks of mouse-hungry cats (Jack Angel and Patrick Pinney). Tiger reaches a bus stop which has a "Go West" poster, featuring a man in a coonskin cap. 13 half-hour episodes were produced: season 1 1. One woman asks if there are any cats out West. Chula throws Fievel from the train after discovering him and lands in the middle of the desert. Wylie hands Fievel his sheriff badge, although Fievel is unsure about taking it, since he feels he is not a traditional hero, but Wylie reminds him that, if it were not for Fievel, he would still be a washed up dog. [95], Comedy television series such as 30 Rock,[96] Brooklyn Nine-Nine,[97] and Rick and Morty have referenced Fievel Goes West. 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