On August 11, 1998, as part of Universal Family Features's highly-family-demanded $15-million campaign to relaunch the American Tail franchise after a six-year moratorium; digitally-restored versions of An American Tail and Fievel Goes West were released on VHS on a 2-tape release. : MOUSE HOUSE II : There Was This Fairy Tale, a Movie Studio and a Little Guy Named Oscar", "Widest Releases by MPAA Rating by MPAA Rating", "Top Opening Weekends by MPAA Rating by MPAA Rating", "Weekend Box Office (November 22–24, 1991)", "Smallest Second Weekend Drops by Release Scale", "Largest Post-Thanksgiving Weekend Drops", "The Continued Calamity of Animated Westerns", "Addamses Startle at the Box Office, Too", "Retailers Nervous Over Porn Victims' Bill", "MOVIE REVIEW: 'Fievel Goes West' at Top Speed", "Cheesy Plot Undermines Tale of Meandering Mouse", "Spielberg Rolls Out Small Guns in 'Fievel, "Review/Film; Immigrant Mice Face the Frontier", "Of Mice and Men: Spielberg, Fievel Tell Another Fine Tale", "Picks and Pans Review: An American Tale: Fievel Goes West", "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)", "The best Western movies and shows on Netflix", "50 Movies You Definitely Watched in the '90s and Forgot About", "19 Classic Movies That Prove 1991 Was Truly The Best Year For Film", "THE B-LIST: Talking mice, prophets, thieves — and as un-Disney as you can get", "Molly Haskell Follows Spielberg from Boyhood to Responsibility", "The Short but Animated Legacy of Amblimation – Does Their Work Hold Up? '", In a 2017 /Film feature about Amblimation, Dalin Rowell highlighted the "cinematic" scale of its animation and opined that it "should be remembered for its creativity and willingness to be a bit more bold and daring than its predecessor. So Fievel will stop the racial fight of conflict on Tony. " 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. Nov 29, 2017 - An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (also known as An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West & An American Tail 2) is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. Notable adult attendees includes Chuck Robb, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, Al Gore, Marvin Bush, Margaret Bush, Fred Grandy, Elliot Richardson, and Robert Haft. Add new page. Fievel is picked up by a hawk, dropped over the mouse Indian village and reunites with Tiger. Solomon criticized the little amount of "nuances of thought and emotion" in the characters; The New York Times summarized the movie's take on the West as "surprisingly dull;" Kield felt that some scenes, especially those that take place in the West, could've been a bit lighter; and The Austin Chronicle opined that "the foregrounds are expressive but the backgrounds are bland and uninspired. Rating: ★★★ Animation/Talking Mice Adventures . Register Start a Wiki. However, they each figure that the other is a mirage and continue on their separate ways. The theatrical sequel Fievel Goes West, directed by Phil Nibbelink and Simon Wells and produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Watts, was released in 1991 and follows the adventures of Fievel and his family as they move from New York to the Wild West. Picture: Full Frame / Color.  By contrast, the original film made $47.4 million in the U.S. in 1986, a record at the time for a non-Disney animated one, and a further $36 million overseas, for a total of $84 million. Fievel finds Wylie away from the party who hands him his sheriff badge.  Spielberg instructed his animators to take on a "live-action" method to animating the film. An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island is the third installation in the American Tail series, after both An American Tail and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and before An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster. Created by David Kirschner. The success of one doesn't depend on the failure of the other. In Theaters. " With no Bluth in sight for the sequel, Spielberg instead relied on ex-Disney animator Phil Nibbelink and ex-Richard Williams storyboard artist Simon Wells, the great-grandson of science-fiction author H. G. Wells, to direct the project. The film performed modestly at the box office, grossing $22 million domestically.  Empire also named Waul "one of the least dastardly animated villains ever, even with the slithering vocal talents of John Cleese. 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". We also have VHS' too. With a little encouragement from Miss Kitty, she pulls off a performance for the cats. Directed by Don Bluth.  Similar two-film DVD collections were released in Spain on June 22, 2009 and the United States on August 22, 2010.  As critics summarized, the film "has constant activity but minimal objectives;" "has little narrative drive or emotional resonance", its climax feeling "perfunctory and tacked on;" and has "so many subplots and digressions" that "they simply failed to develop the central narrative. He sends Tanya to Miss Kitty, who is now a saloon-girl cat, and she reveals that she came at Cat R. Waul's request. Although not as strong as its predecessor with a much weaker script, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is an overall decent and harmless sequel that still holds some great animation and an enjoyable villain. It is the sequel to An American Tail, and the last installment in the series to be released theatrically. Mousekewitz Family. Number of Discs: 2. At the beginning of the film, the story parallels that of a Russian-Jewish human family and that of the Russian-Jewish Mousekewitz family. " 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." , In the late 2010s, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West was recognized on publication lists of best Netflix-available westerns, ranking in the top ten of lists by Paste and The Daily Dot.  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. Wikis.  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. ", Opening to 1,400 theaters in the United States, Fievel Goes West has, as of November 30, 2019, the 110th widest G-rated release of all time and the 96th widest G-rated film opening in the United States. 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. Cat R. Waul approaches the mice and proposes to build a new saloon together, although intending to trick the mice into doing the bulk of the work and then eat them afterwards.  On June 13, 2017, it was part of a DVD collection that included all four movies in the franchise. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (also known as An American Tail II: Fievel Goes West or An American Tail II) is a 1991 British-American animated comedy Western film directed by Phil Nibbelink and Simon Wells with producer Steven Spielberg for his Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. There is also a Fievel-themed playground at Universal Studios Florida, featuring a large water slide and many oversized objects such as books, glasses, cowboy boots, and more. 1999 The American Tail sequel VHS. Fievel Goes West was the first production for the short-lived Amblimation, a studio Spielberg set up to keep the animators of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) working. This is addressed directly near the beginning of the film, when Fievel says he had a dream where he moved west. Tiger is captured by American Indian mice who declare him their god, and Tanya suddenly finds herself pursuing a dance-hall career. Wikis. This continues in all other sequels and adaptations, stretched to even more ridiculous heights in all three sequels. Directed by Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells. : A Dinosaur Story (1993) resulted from the poor quality of their stories, "and animation is a story-driven art form". On September 12, 1992, the TV series Fievel's American Tails premiered on CBS; it is a follow-up of Fievel Goes West and features actors such as Glasser, Cavadini and DeLuise reprising their roles. According to Nichols, three million copies were rumored to be circulated, although MCA/Universal was willing to reveal the real number.  It also has the 124th all-time biggest opening weekend for a G-rated film, opening in fourth place with $3,435,625; and has 60th smallest weekend drop for a film in 600-plus theaters thanks to its second week grossing $3,782,080. Numerous subplots send the characters off in unlikely directions while the main plot thread is left undeveloped.  Solomon highlighted its "tricky point-of-view shots, such as inside a rolling tumbleweed", and the changes to most of the character designs; while Brenna Kield of the Sun-Sentinel highlighted the realism in the scenery and character movements. But creative differences forced the two apart following TLBT , and both men completely left behind the promising new dinosaur franchise they started, with neither continuing to champion it or even fight to keep the rights. Actors: Philip Glasser, Nehemiah Persoff, Amy Green, Dom de Luise, … Category: Fantasy. Bluth's departure from the project resulted in the animation of Fievel Goes West lacking the Disney-isms of the first film's animation for a faster pace and more elements of Warner Bros. cartoons, which the animators previously succeeded in using for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Stupid mice! A family of Emigre mice decide to move out to the West, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth-talking cat. The first two films had their soundtracks officially released by MCA Records, while the latter two direct-to-video sequels did not, and are only available through illegitimate means. Chichester with art by George Wildman.. The Babysitting Blues 8. , On July 19, 1991, the Los Angeles Daily News announced Anita Baker would sing "Dreams to Dream", but this did not happen. An American Tail V: The Adventure of the Great Circus is a 2016 American direct-to-video animated film and the fifth film in the An American Tail series. It Follows The Story Of The. Tiger is captured by mouse Indians and hailed as a god. This also includes prequels and midquels but not spinoffs.  However, the animation wasn't completely devoid of noted perks in reviews. While on the train, Fievel wanders into the livestock car, where he overhears the cats revealing their plot to turn them into "mouse burgers". Add to Favorites Click to zoom acmegiftshop 45 sales 45 sales | 5 out of 5 stars.  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. The cats fly into the air and land into a mailbag, which a passing train picks up and leaves. , Time Out London published an ecstatic review of Fievel Goes West: "Miles better than the overrated American Tail, this laugh-packed sequel boasts all the classic elements so often missing from modern cartoon features: a straightforward zip-zang-boom storyline, clearly etched characters with instantly identifiable flaws, tip-top voice-overs by well-chosen celebrities, and oodles of elasticated slapstick. With Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Erica Yohn, Nehemiah Persoff.  Empire opined that, despite its enjoyable comedic relief characters and "fantastic chase scenes", Fievel Goes West suffered from being "fairly predictable". Share your thoughts, experiences and the tales behind the art.  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. It is the sequel to An American Tail and Celebrate The 5th Anniversary of "An American Tail." It is also the second of the three “sequels” of the series. , Both Fievel Goes West and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991) began their United States theater runs on November 22, 1991; this was the first-ever instance of two animated films being released on the same day, "a testimony to the revival of interest in feature-length animation" according to the Boston Herald. Fievel Goes West was promoted with a wide array of tie-ins and started in the top ten at the box office. , (*a close parody of Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down" theme, adapting the film's leitmotifs), This article is about the film. His attire has only changed during An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. This film was released on July 25, 2000. Add to cart Whoa! Now Fievel,Tanya and Yasha find Tony Toponi and his wife Bridget, and run away to their house and stay there. " Some reviewers were also uncomforted by the Indian mice tribe as being racially insensitive. , The film also features an arrangement of "Rawhide" in its score. An American Tail (1986) 6 May 1999 17 July 2019. Two direct-to-videofilms were al…  Along with competing with an unusual number of family films with middling budgets such as The Addams Family, Curly Sue , My Girl, and Spielberg's Hook; both Beauty and the Beast and Fievel Goes West were promoted with, as of the films' release date, the most expensive set of film tie-ins ever. Fievel and his family have grand hopes for their new homeland “where the streets are lined with cheese” when he is accidentally lost at sea. Justin, Eliz and Tyler examine An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island. Persoff was born in Jerusalem, Palestine (now Israel) and emigrated to America with his family in 1929. , Between January to February 1992, Marvel Comics ran a three-issue series based on Fievel Goes West, written by D.G. This list may not reflect recent changes . He has told friends that [Fievel Goes West] will eclipse all his previous massive successes.  He was not involved in the production and post-production, and admitted in 1993 that he disliked Fievel Goes West as "entertainment without character". If anyone thinks I forgot to list a title please let me know in the comments section. There's a big market out there. Tiger, Wylie and Fievel intervene and battle the cats, during which Miss Kitty and Tanya discover the trap. Fievel, Tanya, Yasha, Tony and Bridget find out that Mama and Papa were ''dead'' (not really dead) when they weren't a…  As Bluth explained, "the business deal wasn't such that it helped our company. , An American Tail: Fievel Goes West received its first VHS and cassette release on March 19, 1992. There’s an immediate drop in quality this time around. " Nancy Beiman originally worked as a regular animator on Fievel Goes West, but became a supervisor on the project six months after she entered Amblimation. 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