[28][99] Nichols and Tower Video's John Thrasher predicted it would do well in sales due to a lack of competition. While this resulted in the re-insertion of Ronstadt's voice, Horner's experience with recording the song with Dion led her to singing on a later Horner-composed song, "My Heart Will Go On". Tiger is reluctant at first, but relents at the suggestion that a new persona might win back Miss Kitty. Like the villainous Warren T. Ratbefore him, Waul was defeated by an older Fievel, who t… [51][52][28][53] However, it wasn't competing with the Disney production in Canada, and it failed there too according to a Universal executive, who also blamed Spielberg's lack of involvement in the marketing due to being too busy on Hook. Tiger then bursts into tears and shouts for her to come back. A Super Nintendo video game based on the movie was released in 1994 . There is also a Fievel-themed playground at Universal Studios Florida, featuring a large water slide and many over-sized objects such as books, glasses, cowboy boots, and more. [7] In December 1988, Universal announced that they would release an animated film every eighteen months and begin production on An American Tail II in early 1989. Fievel find himself less brave as the cat closes in on him. [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]. A Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game of the same name was released in 1994; it was heavily praised by video game critics for its presentation, although its simple gameplay garnered divided opinions. Spielberg is entertaining animators in a whirlwind round of cocktail parties and offering huge fees for signing up with him. [76] However, the animation wasn't completely devoid of noted perks in reviews. 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. 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. The container acts as a boat and the Mousekewitz family are sent on a bumpy ride down the sewer. 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). Suddenly, Cat R. Waul appears on a store behind Fievel. However, before Cat R. Waul can eat Fievel to keep his plan from becoming undone, he hears Tanya singing and is enchanted by her voice. With a little encouragement from Miss Kitty, she pulls off a performance for the cats. City cats have too much purr in their fur and not enough growl in their howl, she replies as they walk along balconies and railings with Tiger struggling not to fall. [7] Fievel Goes West was its first production, and over 250 crew members from 15 different nations[6] worked on the project starting May 1989. However, Chula soon blocks up the water tower, drying up the river. Fievel clings onto the front of the container enjoying the ride, while his family hold tight at the back in terror. Meanwhil… It's stylized without being arty. Fievel admits that he was hoping Tiger would come to say goodbye and asks if he will ever see him again. 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. "[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. A Dinosaur's Story (1993), Balto (1995), and a screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats which never saw completion. [35] Other writers blamed it on the content. Papa agrees and asks what are they waiting for. However Fievel appears behind him and challenges him, pulling his hat over one of his own eyes to make it a fair fight. Phillip Glasser reprises his role as the voice of Fievel Mousekewitz. It's like a John Ford western with Jewish mice". He jumps up onto the poster, posing himself as the cap, while the dogs run past, not seeing him. Papa tells her not to worry, he's sure it will be wonderful out West. While walking out of town, Fievel stops to talk with an old hound sleeping outside the jail, discovering that the saturnine dog is in fact the legendary Wylie Burp he looked up to back in New York. As the mice celebrate their freedom from the cats, Fievel finds Wylie Burp walking away from the party to watch the sunset on the prairie and joins him. Fievel Mousekewitz was the mascot of the short-lived studio, Amblimation. [94] On April 28, 2018, Fievel Goes West was screened at the Autry Museum of the American West, a Los Angeles museum of the history of the American West. Steven SpielbergRobert Watts Papa notices Fievel is feeling down and asks what is wrong. Cat R. Waul approaches the mice and proposes to build a better community where cats and mice can live together in peace. Calling himself "Philly the Kid", Fievel Mousekewitz rushes to his aid. Cat R. Waul approaches the drain lid and compliments the other cats' performance and says that his part is next. He whips out his pistols and starts shooting at the cats, quickly disarming them and causing them to flee. He starts to fear what might have happened and then spots a letter inside the house. [134], On July 19, 1991, the Los Angeles Daily News announced Anita Baker would sing "Dreams to Dream",[138] but this did not happen. [38] Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg stated in regards to the competition, "We've competed with Amblin before and learned that there's enough room for both. Dennis Hunt suggested "the complex story line and the scary villains didn't quite click with the kiddies",[54] and Bernard Weinraub wrote that "even children were not especially interested in an old-fashioned animated movie". An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is an animated film produced by Steven Spielberg 's Amblimation animation studio and Universal Animation Studios, and released by Universal Pictures. It is the only such playground at any of NBC Universal's theme parks. Papa orders the family to run, putting the container in a spin. [65][68][60][64][69][63] The Chicago Tribune's Clifford Terry applauded the "vivid and rich" animation, particularly the "colorful figures and detailed backgrounds". [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". [31][32] In the summer of 1992, Universal Studios Florida opened American Tail: Fievel's Playland, a playground featuring set recreations of An American Tail and Fievel Goes West. These days, the film is either loved or loathed by fans, and how they feel about it mainly depends on how much they liked the first movie, because of how different its look and tone is. [7] Nibbelink and Wells had both previously worked with Spielberg as supervising animators on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. [68] Roger Hurlburt called its animation "bright and sassy, "colorful backdrops" and "eye-filling uses of exciting angles". But towards the end of the fight, Chula captures Ms. Kitty as hostage, threatening to drop her from the tower. A piece of dialogue from Fievel in the former appears to retcon Fievel Goes West as a dream the character had, but many fans would prefer to see both direct-to-video films as prequels that take place before Fievel Goes West, with the dialogue being taken as foreshadowing. Tiger, Wylie and Fievel intervene and battle the cats, during which Miss Kitty and Tanya discover the trap. Tanya says that one day he'll see and that she'll be a big star and people will come from miles around. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West holds a 54% critical percentage on Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews. The Frankie Laine song "Rawhide" is played at the tumbleweed scene of this film, although the version used is from The Blues Brothers. A Mouse Known as Zorrowitz 10. Tiger is captured by American Indian mice who declare him their god, and Tanya suddenly finds herself pursuing a dance-hall career. [28] Upon its 1992 VHS release, Fievel Goest West held the record for shortest theater-to-home-video transfer, previously held in a tie by Batman (1989) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). He then tries to expose Cat R. Waul's true intentions, but the mouse inhabitants are oblivious to the danger. It is the only such playground at any of NBC Universal's theme parks. 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. His attire has only changed during An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Fievel finds Wylie away from the party who hands him his sheriff badge. [107], An American Tail: Fievel Goes West was released on Video CD in Hong Kong on July 20, 2001,[108] on DVD in the United States on September 25, 2003,[109] Spain on September 29, 2005,[110] and Denmark on November 15, 2011. Meanwhile, Fievel is wandering aimlessly through the desert, as is Tiger, who has found his way out west as well, and they pass each other. Phillip Glasser, Dom DeLuise, Nehemiah Persoff, and Erica Yohn reprise their roles from the first film for Fievel Goes West. Inside a local saloon that is under construction, Fievel learns of the cats' real plan before he is discovered. Eventually they roll the container over the bump and down into the sewer, narrowly escaping the cat. Fievel is especially interested in hearing that Wylie Burp is out there. 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." 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[104] Fievel Goes West garnered its first American television airing on April 13, 1997 via a Disney Channel "Tune In to Kids and Family Week" promotion of another TV debut, Pocahontas (1995). 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. "[73] Halliwell's Film Guide labeled Fievel Goes West as an "enjoyable and high-spirited animated film that borrows plot and attitudes from classic Westerns. Tiger is captured by a tribe of Native American mice and their leader hails him as a deity, after seeing how Tiger looks like a rock formation. [43] However, it also holds the record of the 119th post-thanksgiving weekend drops. [103] The release was pulled from the shelves in January 1993. Tiger objects that he's not a fraidy cat and he'll show her. As soon as Fievel makes his arrival, he quickly reunites with his family. 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 agrees that Tiger was a wonderful cat, but a cat nonetheless and some day Fievel will understand. A sequel to Steven Spielberg's An American Tail (1986) under the working title An American Tail II was put into pre-production by David Kirschner in April 1988 after he finished producing Child's Play (1988); when announcing the project that same month, he summarized that Fievel will "fight the cat-tle barons. He worries about the mice thinks that he'd better do something. However, their human neighbors throw fruit and vegetables in her direction, much to her dismay. [115] Fievel Goes West was issued to Blu-ray on April 4, 2017 in the United States,[116] July 4 in Canada,[117] and September 25 in the United Kingdom. [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 has told friends that [Fievel Goes West] will eclipse all his previous massive successes. A Case of the Hiccups 6. James Horner returned to write the score to the movie, reusing old themes and introducing new ones. "[74] Roger Ebert gave it two-and-a-half stars out of four and wrote, "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". He holds the letter in one hand and holds the door open in his other, allowing him to peer out the doorway and read the letter. The mouse puppet prepares to hand out tickets and Fievel urges his family to go West. In it, Fievelis separated from his family as the train approaches the American Old West; the film ch… Grateful for being rescued, Wylie thanks Fievel and hands him a badge. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West/Gallery Fievel gets his badge and turns his hat back to normal. [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. "[65] Some reviewers were also uncomforted by the Indian mice tribe as being racially insensitive. Some film journalists and executives attributed this to having to compete with the Disney film. AmblimationUniversal Studios They roll until they reach the drain lid, whose edge forms a bump, blocking them. Seeing this, Cat R. 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