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Pet Sins April 2000

An American Tail: Fieval Goes West

In the 1986 animated feature An American Tail, a family of Jewish mice migrate to America to escape vicious cats (symbolic Gentiles?) in Russia. Cats tearing through the snow rampaging through mouse burrows evoke the Russian pogroms. The mice land in New York and the children, a boy mouse and a girl mouse, acquire Americanized names from their new friends.

An American Tail: Fieval Goes West is the 1991 sequel to Spielberg's An American Tail. Blue-eyed Fievel and the Mousekewitz family decides to head out West. On the way, Fievel encounters a group of Native American mice who had captured his friend Tiger, a vegetarian cat. The Indian chief in his feather bonnet dances around whooping. The other Indian mice are preparing to roast a trussed-up Tiger over a fire. Due to the appearance of the moon, the Indians suddenly believe Tiger is a god and change their mind about eating him. Tiger is then treated to vegetarian delicacies by hordes of worshipping mice.

This short diversion from the main plot serves as a vehicle for stereotypical Native American portraits of ignorant superstitious natives and whooping warriors. It does not add any value to the movie.

2000