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An American Tail: Fievel Goes West [1991] (1 disc)

Director:Phil Nibbelink
Simon Wells
Writer:Flint Dille
Composer:James Horner
Length:75 minutes
(1 hour 15 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Suggested Event Use:Independence Day
Sorting Category:Kids
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:25%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Fievel and his family decide to fully partake of the American dream and move west where it's dirty and undeveloped and way tougher. ... Wait ...

Reaction: Not as classic as the first one, but this one still has a number of elements that work well for it, not least of which is the addition of Jimmy Stewart to the cast.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Phil Nibbelink => Director
Simon Wells => Director
Flint Dille => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Steven Spielberg => Producer
Amy Irving => Miss Kitty
Cathy Cavadini => Tanya
Dom DeLuise => Tiger
Erica Yohn => Mama
James Stewart => Wylie
John Cleese => Cat R. Waul
Jon Lovitz => Chula
Nehemiah Persoff => Papa
Phillip Glasser => Fievel

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • John Cleese turned down the role of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast to be in this film.
  • One of the buildings in Green River reads "Wells' Dentistry", named after co-director Simon Wells. Other signs read "P. Rappas Clothing" and "Dunnet's Bread and Cakes" (named for layout artists [?] Panagiotis Rappas and [?] Dave Dunnet, respectively).
  • In An American Tail, Papa Mousekewiz is a tailor, according to the sign over the front door of his house as seen during {Somewhere Out There}. In this movie, however, he is a violin maker.
  • Steven Spielberg personally came to James Stewart's sound booth to direct him. He is uncredited as a voice-over director, though.
  • {Dreams To Dream} was originally recorded by CÚline Dion, but the producers favored [?] Linda Ronstadt, who sang the theme song, {Somewhere Out There}, in An American Tail.
  • James Stewart's final acting role in a feature film.
  • When Fievel is riding on the tumbleweed, the {Theme from Rawhide} is being played in the background. It is the version sung by [?] John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd from The Blues Brothers which features a cameo appearance by Steven Spielberg in it
  • The song {Dreams to Dream} is based on a theme used in An American Tail. It is heard during Bridget's speech in the market, as well as at the end of the Orphan Alley sequence, as the camera pulls back on the orphaned mice sleeping in the rain.