Thursday, January 22, 2009
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Scott's Tip Of The Day: Fievel Mousekewitz immigrated to America in the film An American Tale. It was a heartwarming story about Eastern European Jewish immigrants who came to New York City for a better life. Who can bash this movie? Well, yeah, I mean, besides the Nation of Islam, the KKK and neo-nazis. You're right, nobody!
Five years later, Universal Pictures released the sequel, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Fievel travells to the wild west to presumably become a cowboy. Really Fievel? A cowboy? Since I am a Jew, I am going to lay this out straight for you. Lets not mince words here. There were no Jews in the wild west. Billy the Kid. Wild Bill Hickok. These are the heroes of the wild west. There was no Wild Rabbi Steinberg. Or Moishe the Mench. Not once did I ever see a Hassidic Jew in a Sergio Leone film. Jews don't like manual labor. I mean yeah they built the pyramids but they wouldn't have done that if they werent enslaved. (All things considered, they did a pretty good job too). Do you really think Fievel wants to rope cattle and work the land? Do you think his Jewish mom would have let him do that? No! She would have dragged Fievel to medical school. "Vy don't you become a surgeon like your uncle Shmouel! Uch, you are breaking my heart. Ay gevault!" You think Fievel could withstand that kind of Jewish guilt? No way!
In conclusion, I don't take issue with a Jewish talking mouse that wants to immigrate to America for a better life. I mean, you have to figure that happens all the time. I have a big problem though, with a story about a Jew who wants to take a job that involves manual labor. That's completely unrealistic. I strongly urge you to not watch this film. You would be better off watching Yentl instead.