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West and Soda (a.k.a. The West Way Out) is a 1965 Italian animated film by Bruno Bozzetto. Although technically a Spaghetti Western (and a rare animated one), it is a pastiche of Western movies from The Golden Age of Hollywood.

Land baron Il Cattivissimo finds that there is gold on farmer girl Clementina's land so he plans to marry her so that he can have the gold and the land for himself. But a stranger named Johnny arrives on Clementina's ranch. Johnny is a former gunfighter turned sworn pacifist trying to drop his habit of killing. But when Clementina is abducted, Johnny must reclaim his old habits if he wants to save her and her land.

This animated film provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Clementina's dog.
  • Annoying Arrows: Parodied during the opening credits as a gunslinger gets shot full of them as well as bullets and even a tomahawk! And he still walks off alive!
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Downplayed. Il Cattivissimo takes off his hat and sheds a respectful tear during the final battle after assuming he successfully killed Johnny, but then he smiles triumphantly.
  • Automaton Horse: Parodied. A man is shown fixing horses like he would fix cars, including oiling their bellies and mouths.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Urus and Smilzo have some sadistic fun tormenting Clementina's farm animals upon her refusing to marry Il Cattivissimo.
  • Bald of Evil: Urus and Il Cattivissimo.
  • Bar Slide: The bartender tries to do this for a customer at the beginning, who keeps missing his glass.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: How Clementina sees Johnny. Even when he's lying flat on his front with his hands over his guns and rubbing his bare feet together.
  • Big Bad: Il Cattivissimo is literally called "the baddest".
  • Clothing Switch: Johnny is dressed all in black when he prepares to save Clementina and kill the bad guys.
  • Damsel in Distress: Clementina at the climax.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Smilzo kills two saloon pianists, just because they played a wrong note, which is a Berserk Button for him.
  • The Door Slams You: When Johnny visits Esmeralda, he tries to kick the door closed and it bounces back and smashes him into the wall.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Il Cattivissimo is literally dragged into Hell after Johnny shoots him down in a rare Played for Laughs version of this trope.
  • Evil Redhead: Esmeralda is seductive and dangerous. However, she's a natural brunette, and is only wearing a wig.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Smilzo when he's calm.
  • Eyes Out of Sight: One of Clementina's cows has a mane that completely obscures her eyes.
  • Fat and Skinny: Urus (fat) and Smilzo (skinny)
  • Fat Bastard: Il Cattivissimo and Ursus.
  • Giggling Villain: Smilzo, constantly.
  • Going Native: Esmeralda, after being willingly carried off by an Indian, is shown wearing a feather headdress.
  • Gun Twirling: Il Cattivissimo, Smilzo and Johnny do this. Johnny goes the extra mile and twirls his cigarette.
  • Hartman Hips: Esmeralda has enormous hips, though she could just be wearing a bustle. Clementina on the other hand definitely has very wide hips given she only ever wears jeans.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Esmeralda.
  • Hidden Eyes: Johnny's eyes are constantly hidden by his hat.
  • The Hyena: Again, Smilzo.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Il Cattivissimo can shoot a fly. Johnny later shoots Il Cattivissimo down from a distance, and manages to gun down Ursus and Smilzo upside down and blindfolded.
  • Last Breath Bullet: Smilzo fires his pistols after he keels over, but half to get at Johnny and half to propel himself off the ground.
  • Limited Animation: Very simplistic and UPA-ish.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: After being shot dead multiple times by Johnny, Urus gets covered with cracks and crumbles down into pieces like broken pottery.
  • Made of Iron / Super-Toughness: Johnny shows off an impressive durability and strength. During the final battle he nonchalantly gets up balancing the Indy Escape boulder Il Cattivissimo tried to kill him with on the top of his head.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Johnny isn't fooled by Esmeralda's seduction tactics and is even a bit intimidated by her. It doesn't stop Clementina from getting the wrong idea.
  • Pop the Tires: Invoked. At one point during The Chase between Johnny and Il Cattivissimo, the latter's horse gets a flat hoof. Il Cattivissimo stops, re-inflates it with a bike pump and resumes running.
  • Riding into the Sunset: Parodied. The sun sets very rapidly so that Johnny and Clementina can ride off towards it.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Clementina's dog. Ultimately subverted; he's badly hurt but still alive in the ending.
  • Spaghetti Western: A parody of Hollywood Westerns, but made in Italy.
  • Teeth Flying: Johnny knocks a tooth out of Ursus when they first meet.
  • Technical Pacifist: Johnny. He just shoots cans most of the time.