MarzGurl Discusses An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

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  • DMaster
    Interesting...I did recall from childhood that this movie was entertaining, but then again, for [i]some[/i] stupid reason, I watched Land Before Time 2 & 4 a lot more than I did 1. ...yes, I was dumb. Nice to see it IS possible to make a sequel to a Don Bluth movie without completely screwing the original over. Although if I remember what that one reviewer on Mr. Coat's website had to say on 3 and 4 is correct...it once again is all downhill from here.
  • guilmon182
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    I love this movie! And I watched the LBT sequels more than the original because I didn't have the VHS.
  • ultramanmattia
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    I loved the movie when i was a kid.
  • biblegirl
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    I adored this movie growing up and I still love it!
  • biblegirl
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    Oh, my favorite part is when the sister sings with the paint. That part always enchanted me as a little girl. I love that animation.
  • GummyGator
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    It's funny you should say that it would stand on it's own. I have extremely fond memories of this movie from my childhood. It was one of the films I and my sister would play back to back on many an occasion. And yet, I still have never watched the original. Heck for the longest time I didn't even realize that this movie was a sequel.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Ditto; I actually kinda dislike the original movie; drama drama drama, annoying kid with annoying voice, more drama.

    FGW was fun & had nice music & John Cleese.
  • The_Octopus
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    I think some moments in the movie are too fastpaced - like the animators didn't really always see ahead of how it would look like. Like when Tiger hides in the sign, he jumps down and lands on the ground a milli-second after the dog disappears, which is insane. Or like when at one point, the villain flies up in the air through the ceiling and up there is a woman shoving him into her boobs and then he gets out of her grip and gets down again - all this happening in less than 5 seconds. Holy shit.
    Also, why did the new artists of this movie drag out the heads of Fievel and his sister? As a character designer myself, I notice they look kinda fugly here... and I don't like it. In the first movie, their heads where completely rounded and they looked adorable. And now they stretched out the heads? Hell, the mouth and nose on them looks the same - it's the eyes, the forehead and the space between the eyebrows and eyes they have stretched out - it looks retarded. Why did they do this? Don't change the designs, people.

    Also, I kinda find it weak of them to have yet another sleezy brown cat acting snooty and a bit like an overclass prick (although, this one had more dignity and class while the villain from the first movie was more sleezy and rough... and shorter). When I was a kid, I thought it was the same villain in both movies - just that he had a new outfit and new voice actor. Sure, this one doesn't have the cricket sidekick... this one has a spider sidekick. Yeah, hey - why did they steal that from the villain of the first movie as well? To give him a bug sidekick?
    Regardless of anything... yeah, I loved this movie as a kid - but now each time I try to watch it as an adult, it gets worse and worse.
  • n0cturnalbynature
    I don't know about now, but I adored this movie when I was a little girl. Much more than I did the first one actually. Maybe it's because Tanya had a bigger part. I loved watching the Dreams to Dream sequence. It's one of my best memories.
    I remember watching it as an older teenager and liking it quite a lot as well so I think it holds up pretty well as a sequel.
  • kaidanmono
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    I saw this sequel long before I ever saw the original, and though the original is the better film, I remember enjoying this one a lot when I was young. Also, since I have a mild case of arachnophobia, the spider scenes used to scare the shit out of me when I was a child x.x

    But Marzgurl is right in saying that it doesn't get you very emotionally invested in what's happening, especially compared to the first movie.
  • Mizu Takishima
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    Oddly enough, I watched THIS movie long before I ever saw the first movie XD

    I thought the original was kind of slow and depressing, and it was frustrating to see literally EVERYTHING go wrong for Fievel, not to mention I didn't think the music was very good. (Never say Never makes me wanna cut off my ears @_@)

    This movie though, while not as emotional, was so much more entertaining for me as a kid. It had the main story, the subplots with the sister, ms. kitty, the bad guy-

    in fact I loved the villain in this movie! He's just so adorable and classy, I would love to have him as a pet XD We could drink tea and listen to QUALITY MUSIC!

    Speaking of quality music, I loved the part where he finds out how beautiful the sister's voice is. I can watch that scene over and over for some reason~

    Sorry for rambling ; w ; I'm glad you talked about this movie!
  • VulpesMundi  - I love this movie
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    I love this movie. Somehow I've always enjoyed this one more than its predecessor. I can easily admit the first movie is the superior one, but this one always did a better job of putting a smile on my face. It was one of the very first soundtracks I ever bought, too. A cassette back then and I eventually bought a CD of it, too. I still have "Dreams to Dream" memorized. DON'T JUDGE ME! I still have "Somewhere Out There" memorized, too, though. lol
  • chrismccart
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    I had forgotten just how funny this movie was for me as a kid - the mountain shaped like a cat - the lazy eye screwing up for tiger so he takes a fit and the skeleton that creeps up on him!

    "Feast-ival.... Feastival!? FEST-ival!!"
  • BooRat
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    This was one of my faves as a kid!
  • ckyvick
    This is probably one of the most nostalgic films of my childhood, loved it a lot and I remember liking it more than the first one :D
  • Robert the Kid
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    I love this movie. I'm so glad that Marzgurl review this one.
  • the gangsta of love  - Yup
    That pretty much summed up how I feel about this film. An american Tail is my favorite Don Bluth movie, it was dark and tear felt, and emotional, but it had such a happy ending that none of the terror and sadness mattered. I adore films like that, that can bring the characters and you as the audience down to rock bottom only to climb out of it better than imaginable.

    Feival goes west is a good movie, it's animation was great and I'm glad they could bring the original cast back for the most part but whole thing, the plot, the characters, etc. seemed a lot more childish. So as I get older this film appeals to me less and less, however as the years have come and past, the original has come even closer to my heart.
  • CPFace
    Funny thing is... even when I was young, I remember feeling vaguely insulted by the shift in tone from the first movie to the second. I'd learned to tell the difference between animation that was "real" -- drawings of things that were plausible, if fantastic, where things might be exaggerated, but actions had realistic consequences -- and "cartoons", and I'd put things like The Secret of NIMH, The Land Before Time, and An American Tail in the first category. They're serious, even harrowing and dark. I was seriously struck by how... well, I felt at the time that it was dumbed down. The villain's plan was just silly, they called a character "Wiley Burp", there was all this Looney Tunes business with Tiger...

    It felt condescending. And nobody likes condescension less than a kid.
  • Relaxo
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    That's pretty much how I remember feeling about it too. My older cousin showed me it when I was a little kid and I remember thinking it was pretty ok, but I was really just happy to spend time with her as I didn't see her very often.
  • Shinigami
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    This one can't be even compared to first An American Tail. Thats how large cap there is between quality of those two.
  • TheGreatEscapist
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    I had loved this movie since I was at preschool age, and naturally at that age the details of how whether or not it works as a sequel never really occurred to me; I just had too much fun watching it over and over and over.

    While it may not be as heartfelt and tear-jerking as the first movie, in all my experience with sequels to animated movies I felt that this really was the best, at least since "Rescuers Down Under". As a movie on its own it's just a lot of good-spirited fun.

    Now, one moment that always tugs at my heart, and sometimes induces a few tears, when I watch this is the very end, when Wily Burp gives Fievel his badge, and they just talk a little before the end. I've always loved that because it's just such a sweet, quiet ending, and of course James Stewart brought a lot of honesty to Wily.

    I've often felt that this is one of those underrated animated features, because it actually does have merit. It had its theatrical release about the same time as Disney released "Beauty and the Beast", so maybe that's why a lot of people tend to overlook this movie.

    Something that I thought was pretty cool when I learned about it; the actress that they cast to play Tanya in this movie is the same lady who later voiced for Blossom on "The Powerpuff Girls". That's just awesome.

    I also posted a Favorite Animated Villains list, and while he may not have made it to the official Top 13 Countdown, Cat R. Wall made it to the Honorable Mentions list.

    Anyway, thanks for reviewing this one. It really is one of my favorite nostalgia classics.
  • EmoNekoChan
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    Dude, I actually truly did LIKE this film as a kid... but then again, I also liked some of the LBT sequels. (Yeah, I was a stupid kid). But I'm glad to see I wasn't ENTIRELY stupid for liking this movie :)
  • thekhan
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    I don't know why, but I barely remember the original American Tail but have very fond memories of this one. I also remember absolutely loving the music. And I really don't know why you're complaining about cartoonish scenes IN A CARTOON.

    I admit, I haven't seen the first film in so long but I just really like this one, maybe it's that I prefer the western theme, but whatever.
  • FunkyM
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    Great vid Marzgurl. :)

    And I go!
  • traceace
    Definitely in the camp of loving both these movies for different reasons. Never minded that it wasn't super serious - in a way, I wouldn't want the poor kid to go through two serious movies after what he went through in the first one.

    The one song you do showcase in this review is one I still have in my music collection. I'm probably going to have it stuck in my head all day now, hah.
  • slashmaster28
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    Finally, a popular Internet reviewer who doesn't rip this to shreds just for the sake of doing so! When the Radical Reviewer tore this apart, I got the impression he only did it because he thought he had to. Then again, that's the impression I got for a lot of his reviews.
  • RookeeAlding  - I love
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    I love the first and the second one... but I stopped watching as soon as the third one said that this one was a dream... that's right the third one tells you that this one doesn't exist. ( nvm the TV series based on this one. seriously that was one long dream) So in my mind only the first and second Fievel movies exist.

    I hate it when a worst sequel tries to re-write a better one.
  • Moreno X
    Perhaps Marzgurl, just perhaps the only reason I could sum up is the fact that, even when I was a kid, I easily could recall that the first An American Tail was so sad and depressing in many ways, and when I saw Fievel Goes West and can tell they lighten up the tone of the characters and story from the original, claiming that it was so dark and frightening...which it is why it's so great about it.

    And out of all sequels to Don Bluth's movies, Fievel Goes West really deserves to be called a good sequel. Even I don't take this movie as its own, it still stands as a continuation from the first movie. Fievel was alone, hungry and sad till he almost gave up on finding his family which in the last minute, he found them and was relief. This movie is, to me, kinda like Fievel has grown out of that fear of feeling alone and being frighten by sort of things (yes, at times he does but we see he has grown out of that...and I do approve on that bravery).

    I for one don't take this film serious and trying to compare to the original. All I see is an entertaining fun ride, and coming from the first movie, I'm glad they tried to put some happy tone and stuff. I do agree that the scenes with Tiger do get in the way of enjoying it. They're more like pacing into the film for amusement-of-pointless- entertainment fillers (and I do chuckled at some of them, admittedly). Nonetheless, if a movie is silly and entertaining, then I had a blast and it's still doing it to me to this day (I happened to have one on VHS for $5...it was worth it).

    It is a shame that this movie, at the time, wasn't treated well with critics and that the fact it was released on the same day Disney's Beauty and the Beast came out. But thank goodness that in the age of the internet, Fievel Goes West is becoming to get recognitions by people who hasn't seen this movie and those who couldn't tell if it's a good film or not (hey, again, Beauty and the Beast was the film of that year everyone remembers a lot and loves it. Even I love the movie, I still remember Fievel Goes West and I enjoyed it. Pretty confusing that way, don't ya think?)

    Anyway, thanks for the review and glad you didn't took this serious and call it a good movie to check it out (and thank you for not putting this fim along with those other awful sequels. They're not worth it to be remembered).
  • Greycat R!
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    I actually saw this before the original and have to say I really did enjoy this and still am.

    While the original is more like an "artwork" movie, this one is closer to being a "cartoon" movie. It's a notch down, but still worth all the praises.
  • Yeahwhatever
    ..............Ewwwww.

    I don't know what disturbs me more about your comment. That she's a friggin' mouse, or that she's like, a little girl mouse.

    Get some help. Before you end up on your state's sex offenders list.
  • Bloodrealm
    He leaves comments like that on EVERY video, so just pretend to ignore it like the rest of us try to do.
  • Texaswerewolf
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    THE FLYING AHHHHH!!! i LOVE THE FLYING AHHHH!!!
  • Ebalance
    I like this movie. I think in general this is a better movie for young kids b/c the original is TERRIFYING... some of the best "nightmare fuel" for kids is in Don Bluth movies... the things that scared me the most were the Mouse of Minsk from the original to this movie, and the experiments of the really creepy scientist guy in We're Back... ick... I agree that this sequel is less quality in terms of animation, and maybe some other things too, but it is better for younger kids than the original, which I think would really scare most kids under the age of ten. I know I was scared of it for years to come after I saw it, and I wasn't scared of most of the stuff in the original Land Before Time movies... but there was something about that giant mutant skull thing that just freaked the hell out of me as a kid...
  • retroguy83  - I loved this movie as a kid
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    I thought Fievel Goes West was a pretty decent sequel too. My folks and I saw it on home video a long time ago. They sure sexed up Tanya's image a lot from the first movie and probably turned a legion of males into furries. I admit I was a little scared of Cat R. Waul and his henchmen as a kid. Will Fievel's American Fails... err, Tails be next? I can't wait for you to tear that a new one.
  • MikeKz
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    I like Westerns anyway, so this movie is still enjoyable to me as an adult. I saw it in the theater as a kid and got it on VHS. This movie was also pretty much it as far as Don Bluth movies are concerned. I was just a wee bit too old for the stuff that came after this. The final animated feature I showed any interest in was Disney's Aladdin.
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