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American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West, An
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by Rob Gonsalves

"For James Stewart completists only."
3 stars

What can you say about a sequel that comes five years later and yet feels rushed?

The original American Tail was a class act; this one, which transplants Fievel Mousekewitz to the old West, can't seem to get done fast enough. The images are thin, frantic, strained in short, everything Don Bluth's original wasn't. (It plays like a direct-to-video sequel, though it was actually released in theaters.)

Still, there are elements to be thankful for. John Cleese is superb as the nefarious Cat R. Waul, who lures mice to his ranch and plans to turn them into mouseburgers. Amy Irving, who was the singing half of Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, gets to do what Kathleen Turner did as Jessica's speaking half she's Miss Kitty, a sultry cat of the world who leads the hapless Tiger (Dom DeLuise) by the nose.

And then there's the great James Stewart, in what turned out to be his big-screen swan song, as Fievel's hero, Wylie Burp. He probably did it for his great-grandchildren or something. Whatever. Because Stewart talks so slowly, the film has to calm down whenever he's on, and his measured, fumbling voice one last time is the best gift the movie has to offer.

The songs this time (by James Horner and Will Jennings) are forgettable, not a 'Somewhere Out There' in the lot 'The Girl I Left Behind,' 'Way Out West,' and 'Dreams to Dream.'

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8/18/12 WALTER I found out the similarities of THE LITTLE MERMAID and AN AMERICAN TAIL FIEVEL GOES WEST. 5 stars
8/15/11 Quigley One of my childhood greats. Fantastic animation and voice work. 5 stars
8/05/10 Stephen My last comment was kinda hypocritical It has been years since I seen this movie 4 stars
2/10/10 JM Synth Superior to the original. A delight for families and classic cartoon enthusiasts alike 5 stars
11/10/07 Grace More fun than the original & Cleese is PERFECT. One of the best animated sequels out there. 4 stars
12/07/06 Stephen Fievel is soo cute but this movie has not soul the first was the best fievel is soo cute 2 stars
12/22/05 cody a good sequel with twist of the west, and entertaining through 4 stars
12/14/04 Yvette Johnson Loved the first film, hated the sequels. Found them souless and moneygrubbing. 1 stars
5/11/04 Sean Scanlan Jimmy Stewart's final role 3 stars
11/25/02 Charles Tatum Cutesy and annoying 1 stars
10/28/01 Andrew Carden WOW!!!! This Is So Much Better Then The Original! 4 stars
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  02-Nov-1991 (G)
  DVD: 20-Jan-2004



Directed by
  Phil Nibbelnik
  Simon Wells

Written by
  Flint Dille

  Phillip Glasser
  Amy Irving
  John Cleese
  Dom DeLuise
  Jon Lovitz

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