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Trivia / An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

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  • B-Team Sequel: Don Bluth was offered first crack at directing, but backed out when he and Steven Spielberg started fighting for creative control. He was also busy with Rock-A-Doodle.
  • Dueling Movies: The movie season of 1991 wasn't big enough for this film and the many it was up against.
    • For one, Don Bluth was going up against a B-Team Sequel to one of his other films with his then-new feature, Rock-A-Doodle. In a bit of tragic irony, his film bombed so hard against this one that it ended up sinking his studio (though if it makes you feel better, neither Amblimation nor Bluth's new studio, Sullivan-Bluth, would survive past 1995).
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    • On the other hand, both films paled in comparison to Beauty and the Beast, which was not only a box office juggernaut but kicked off the Disney Renaisance of the '90s. This film managed to save a little face thanks to Spielberg's name on the credits.
    • All three managed to mop the floor with Felix the Cat: The Movie, if only because it hardly had a fighting chance.
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  • The Other Darrin: Most of the voice actors from the first movie reprised their roles, but Tanya was voiced instead by Cathy Cavadini.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • During the production, Steven Spielberg had just finished a nasty divorce with Amy Irving, voice actress of Miss Kitty. What does the film introduce Miss Kitty doing? Breaking up with Tiger.
    • By the time the sequel had come out, the general public was pretty sick of "Somewhere Out There," resulting in its only use in the film being a self-deprecating joke.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • John Lithgow and Martin Short were considered for Cat R. Waul and T.R. Chula.
    • Céline Dion was originally going to sing "Dreams to Dream" and even recorded a demo for Steven Spielberg. Unfortunately, it was rejected which prompted Dion to be terminated.

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