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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1991 - 27 July.4 August

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 1991

Fievel is a young Russian mouse separated from his parents on the way to America, a land they think is without cats. When he arrives alone in the New World, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and running and dodging the cats he thought he'd be rid off.

Original Title An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Italian Title Fievel conquista il West
Category Out of competition
Section Cartoons
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 80'
Production Year 1986
Nationality USA
Directed by Don Bluth
Screenplay Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss
Original Voices Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Erica Yohn

 regista don bluthDON BLUTH

Don Bluth was one of the main animators of Disney to emerge after the death of the great designer. He eventually became director of animation for films such as The Adventures of Bianca and Bernie (1977) and Elliott, the Invisible Dragon (1977). Unfortunately, the quality of the animation that Disney was producing at that point was not up to the great works of the same, and it was rumored that the production unit of Disney could be closed forever .. In retaliation, Bluth and many others animators led a strike and went to form their own independent animation company. Brisby and Nimh's Secret (1982) is an animated film based on the children's book "Mrs Frisbee and the Rats of Nimh". The film was about a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Brisbee and her situation to move her home before the peasant planted her field. The rats of Nimh, an organization of super intelligent mice, come together to help him. "The Secret of NIMH" was a visually compelling film that rekindled Disney's glory days. While animation enthusiasts were enthusiastic, the film did little business at the box office. (The growing number of VCRs in America helped the film reach cult status in home video). Undeterred, Bluth persevered. He created the video games Dragon's Lair (1983) and Space Ace (1983), which allowed the player to control a real cartoon. He later collaborated with Steven Spielberg for the films Fievel lands in America (1986) and Alla ricerca della valle incantata (1988). While Bluth's ambition was to bring the animation back to its former glory, the Disney studio, whose recent films had failed to match Bluth's at the box office, was finally ready to return to true quality. With the release of The Little Mermaid (1989) and The Beauty and the Beast (1991), Bluth had to compete with a Goliath. After his next film, Charlie - Even the dogs go to Heaven (1989), received mixed reviews and was no more than a box office hit, Bluth fell into a series of films that were mediocre compared to his previous work , including Eddy and the bright sun band (1991).