Screenplay by Regardless of how many may dislike Fievel Goes West, there's still a general consensus that this film is superior to the later direct-to-video sequels, although this opinion is of course not shared by all. [114] On June 13, 2017, it was part of a DVD collection that included all four movies in the franchise. [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. A Dinosaur's Story and Balto. [126][127][128][129] A Game Boy Advance video game based on the film called An American Tail: Fievel's Gold Rush was released by Conspiracy Entertainment in January 2002[130] to mixed reviews. 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. [43] However, it also holds the record of the 119th post-thanksgiving weekend drops. [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". T.R. Although Linda Ronstadt originally sang the song, she rejected allowing her voice on it after recording finished; Celine Dion was replaced, and she recorded her vocals while working on her second English-language album. After being bit in the buttocks, he leaps into the air and catches onto the moving train (that the Mousekewitz, and (off-screen) Tony, Bridget, and their child are on) that later crosses the bridge over the river. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (also known as An American Tail 2) is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. [6] Spielberg instructed his animators to take on a "live-action" method to animating the film. An Entertainment Weekly review compared the score to the soundtracks of Gunsmoke and Oklahoma! The mouse selling tickets is, in reality, a puppet being controlled by Cat R. Waul up above them. YashaMousekewitz - Claudette (Alpha and Omega) PapaMousekewitz - Winston (Alpha and Omega) MamaMousekewitz - Eve (Alpha and Omega) Tiger - … "[6] Production manager Cynthia Woodbyrne explained that "he wanted us to keep the camera moving all the time", a technique imposed in cuts such as the film's sewer ride sequence and a 360-degree pan shot of the film's desert vista. At the station, the Mousekewitz family are rushing to catch the train. Tanya says that one day he'll see and that she'll be a big star and people will come from miles around. There, over 250 crew members worked on the project, which began in May 1989. Law and Disorder 3. Amblin Entertainment previously competed with Disney twice: in 1986 when the first American Tail competed with a reissue of Lady and the Tramp (1955), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians in 1988 when it released The Land Before Time (1988) around the same time as Oliver & Company (1988). The film received generally mixed reviews from film critics. Directed by [119] On online platforms, the film was released to Amazon Prime on November 11, 2013,[120] Netflix on April 1, 2017,[121] and Movies Anywhere on October 12, 2017. "[62] While Terry found most of the characters unmemorable,[63] he and other reviewers praised the presence of Wylie Burp. The film was also edited on January 23, 2019 when its Freeform airing and streaming edited out several scenes (including most scenes involving a tribe of Native American mice) for both time constrictions and racial controversy. He lets go of one of the handles for controlling the puppet, leaving it swing its hand above its head, while he gloats. While the animation medium was transitioning to computers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Spielberg wanted almost all of the animation of Fievel Goes West to be hand-drawn, describing animation as "an arts-and-crafts business". Poster created by Rich Kelly for a screening of the film at Steel City Secret Cinema in 2014 Rare concept art by Fred Warter She heard that there was a town there that promises a new frontier and a brand new breed of cat. "[11] Cleese was paid his lowest fee in ten years for the role, however, which made him very unwilling to publicize his involvement with Fievel Goes West. Mama tells him to get back further inside with his family. Meanwhile, Fievel is chased by Chula and briefly taken prisoner, but escapes. His family is devastated once again over his loss and arrive in Green River, Utah with heavy hearts. While walking out of town, Fievel stops to talk with an elderly bloodhound sleeping outside the jail, discovering that he is actually Wylie Burp. Mama, Tanya and Yasha are thrown onto the ground, while Papa is left dangling from a ledge. Mama is displeased by his lateness, but Fievel claims that he had to save Wylie Burp, who was surrounded by the Cactus Cat Gang. However the cat-shaped perfume appears and kiss him on the nose. 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. Tiger chooses to stay in the village while Fievel catches a passing tumbleweed, which takes him to Green River. Fievel (Phillip Glasser) spends his days thinking about the Wild West dog-sheriff Wylie Burp (James Stewart), while his older sister, Tanya (Cathy Cavadini), dreams of becoming a singer. [12] Spielberg met Stewart at a party asking him to voice Wylie Burp, and all of Stewart's lines were recorded in ten days; his last involvement in a Western was in The Shootist (1976).[13]. Music by He is usually seen wearing his blue trademark hat, a Russian Kasket Cap, which is somewhat big for him. Numerous subplots send the characters off in unlikely directions while the main plot thread is left undeveloped. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Fievel's American Tails is an American / Canadian animated television series, produced by Amblimation, Nelvana, and Universal Cartoon Studios. Fievel jokes that they should get Tanya to sing again. Tiger is captured by American Indian mice who declare him their god, and Tanya suddenly finds herself pursuing a dance-hall career. : A Dinosaur Story (1993) resulted from the poor quality of their stories, "and animation is a story-driven art form". [19], Fievel Goes West was initially planned for a fall 1990 release, but it was delayed to a late 1991 date. He confronts Cat R. Waul and is almost eaten in the process. He tells them about the sunshine and clean air in the West and insists that there are enough tickets to go around. Some of the mice start rushing into a sewer. He jumps off the train and lands in the water, where once submerged, he is disturbed by dogfish. Down below, he sees the station and realizes that Fievel's train hasn't left yet. However she insists that there are no goodbyes between them and after all they'll always have the Bronx. Amblin won both races;[36][37] "We've proven in the past that there's room for two animated features," said Universal distribution president Fred Mound. [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. [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. It is the only such playground at any of NBC Universal's theme parks. Fievel's bullet turns into a cork tied to his gun, which changes to a toy gun. Tanya becomes a famous singer and the water tower flows with 9,000 gallons of water again, making Green River bloom with thousands of flowers. Somewhere Out There 3. Cat Attack An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is the 1991 first sequel to An American Tail. He has told friends that [Fievel Goes West] will eclipse all his previous massive successes. However, Papa urges her to keep singing, hoping that they'll throw something for dessert. She thinks about how to say it and decides on she just wants a cat, who's more like a dog. [101][102] On April 10, 1992, the U.S. James Horner returned as a composer and wrote the film's song "Dreams to Dream", which garnered a Golden Globe nomination. 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. [124] In 2020, NBCUniversal regained rights to the series and is set to stream on Peacock,[125] over two decades after being abandoned since the release of the DTV films in the late 1990s. Two direct-to-video sequels were produced after the series: An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island, released in 1998, and An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster, released in 1999. Roger Ebert seemed to have a higher opinion of it than the first film, which he panned, giving the film two-and-a-half stars out of four and writing, "There is nothing really the matter with "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West," except that it is not inspired with an extra spark of imagination in addition to its competent entertainment qualities." Fievel asks when will he understand. [29], 40 brands licensed with Universal to promote the film,[30] including the non-profit Reading Is Fundamental, which used the character of Fievel as a mascot for Reading Buddies kits; and Pizza Hut, which used characters from the film on designs their Pizza Packs and soft-drink cups, a decision influenced by their previous tie-in success with the Disney summer film The Rocketeer (1991). [112] Similar two-film DVD collections were released in Spain on June 22, 2009[113] and the United States on August 22, 2010. Fievel Goes West was followed by a short-lived CBS series named Fievel's American Tails and two direct-to-video sequels and prequels: An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island (1998) and An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999). Seeing this, Cat R. Waul unveils a giant revolver, which he fires at the fleeing mice as a makeshift cannon, until Wylie catapults Fievel to the gun, which the mouse quickly intercepts from and attempts to use against Cat R. Waul. In addition to garnering more home media releases, TV airings, and video game adaptations later on, the film has made numerous 2010s retrospective best-of lists from online publications, especially best Netflix-available Western films. [6] As a way to keep the movie's animators working, due to the closure of Richard Williams Animation,[6] Spielberg formed Amblimation, a collaboration of Universal City Studios and Amblin Entertainment, whose offices were located in London. In it, Fievel is separated from his family as the train approaches the American Old West; the film chronicles him and Sheriff Wylie Burp teaching Tiger how to act like a dog. 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). 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. [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. [103] The release was pulled from the shelves in January 1993. Tiger is thrown off the train and splats into the front of another train traveling in the opposite direction. It has a rich, deep style. Plot. "[17] The biggest focus was on Cat R. Waul, as the directors focused on making it "feel as if the character is John Cleese rather than a cat with John Cleese's voice. [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. Squire Flicker's Adventures of An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is another upcoming Blazing Dragons crossover film planned by Frogadier55. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: 2004 DVD [edit | edit source] Video 1 2 3 The Land Before Time: The Great Longneck Migration Preview 4 MPAA rating screen 5 6 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: 7 8 2004 DVD Menu [edit | edit source] Menus Features Scenes 1. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a Super NES video game released in 1994. [65][68], (*a close parody of Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down" theme, adapting the film's leitmotifs), This article is about the film. It aired on CBS for one season in 1992, and continued Fievel's adventures from the film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. 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. Meanwhile, Fievel waves goodbye to Tiger and gets on the train with his family. He also wanted the animation to have a "live-action" feel. However, each one figures that the other is a mirage and they continue on their separate ways. Elsewhere Tiger is running to get to the train station. In it, Fievelis separated from his family as the train approaches the American Old West; the film ch… When they emerge, Fievel suggests that they go on that ride again. "[10], With Cleese as the first choice for Cat R. Waul,[6] he was approached in 1989 by one of the film's producers at what Cleese vaguely called "the Italian Oscars". Back in the streets, Tiger emerges from the trash can, thinking that his nine lives come in handy. Enamored by his new personality, Miss Kitty and Tiger are reunited. This strategy was also used for We're Back! 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