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Hi everyone!

Recently, I looked into the Notes received for this group and I read a note that has been sent 3 months ago, weeks before the 30th AAT anniversary mark. This note was simply hilarious, utopic and sad at the same time. This person gave a list of whishes of what Universal would do for the 30th anniversary. Here's what the note says:

"I really love going on your site! I notice that next year is An American Tail's 30th Anniversary and the 25th Anniversary of Fievel Goes West. Universal should do something proper to celebrate those milestones (they missed out during the 25th Anniversary four years ago). Here's what I wish Universal would do:

1. Re-release both An American Tail and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West wide in theaters, each with new 4K restorations that do both films justice.
2. Restore the first film's original theatrical audio in a new 7.1 surround sound mix.
3. Give both special Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray and DVD releases, loaded with special bonus features (Commentary, behind the scenes, Deleted scenes, etc.) An American Tail presented in both full screen and widescreen versions, and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West in widescreen.
4. Do special and proper promotions and promotional tie-ins to both films.

I love the first 2 An American Tail films, and I want Universal to finally give them respect again, as well as introducing them to the next generation. There's a current generation that hasn't even experienced these films properly. Please respond to me."
Personally, I find this note pretty unrealistic and utopic. Let's read every wishes again, shall we?

"1. Re-release both An American Tail and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West wide in theaters, each with new 4K restorations that do both films justice."
You mean that Universal should re-invest in millions of dollars on publiciting a 30 year old movie? The thing is, Universal isn't Disney who can allow themselves to re-release movies in theaters such as The Lion King in 3-D Stereotopic and they earn billions of dollars after this. Personally, this practice and so cheating (and breaks the box-office records in animated films ever) and it should be allowed to release a movie in theaters only once! Honestly, who would want to see An American Tail nowadays except us fans here? When the featured animation films are exclusively CGI since the last decade? I personally think that this recent generation of kids who has grown up with CGI around wouldn't be receptive to 2D animations. I see this plausible theater re-release as a immediate commercial failure, even we don't think it would fail be since we'd have been watching it to support the movie. And for the 4K resolution, maybe at that point, the image quality would be terrible.

"2. Restore the first film's original theatrical audio in a new 7.1 surround sound mix."
I'm sorry, but Universal could have done it when the Blu-Ray version was released three years ago. We have the same edited audio for 13 years straight: Additional voices in the background, "cartoon" sound effects and same Orphans "new" voices. So it would be a miracle if Universal does so.

"3. Give both special Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray and DVD releases, loaded with special bonus features (Commentary, behind the scenes, Deleted scenes, etc.) An American Tail presented in both full screen and widescreen versions, and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West in widescreen."
As we all know, the movie original ratio is 4:3. Why? Because of every documents, every pictures and storyboards we seen so far, it's obvious that the film has never been in 16:9 format in the first place. So to adapt to the high-definition Blu-Ray format, they released the movie into its Theatrical format, which is cropping the original 4:3 format to fit into a 19:6 display. I must admit it that Universal could have let us chose both format, but the Full screen 4:3 format is obsolete a decade ago; everything is now in widescreen. Universal wouldn't find any interest to do so. I thought that, after the AAT release on Blu-Ray, they would also have released Fievel Goes West on Blu-Ray (since the movie is originally 16:9 format) but they didn't.
About special bonus features, they could have done it on it's first DVD release back to 2004 but they gave us an interactive game, a song-along and a commentary audio. They then re-released both An American Tail and Fievel Goes West into a double-sided DVD in 2005 (the one I own) and nothing changed, it was exactly the same content. Then, not only they re-released the movie into Blu-Ray with no original VHS audio fans asked for, the Blu-Ray version had less contents!

And to add more salt to the wound, Universal even re-released the movie again a year later on DVD... with a ugly plain orange background and Fievel's face in close-up. Tell me about respect! Who would find it appealing with a such ugly cover?! Even worse, it seems this year Fievel Goes West will also get the same "ugly cover" treatement, judge by yourself...

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"4. Do special and proper promotions and promotional tie-ins to both films."
Now by seeing this ugly Fievel Goes West will get, we'll more likely get a double ugly combo. And that's pretty the end of this note.

I don't want to sound mean with my response to this note. I'm simply realist more than optimist. Let's be honest and face the truth: Universal don't care a single bit about their classic animations anymore, such as An American Tail and The Land Before Time. They barried them in their grave long ago. They only care about their 3D animations. For them, all these 2D animations are things of the past. Universal won't do anything to give justice to the AAT franchise as long they hold the intellectual property of it.

So, sorry for this long journal and sorry again if I sounded mean but I had to make the point about the actual situation on the AAT franchise. All matters guys is that you still love this franchise. If you have kids, share these classics to them and so they pass these movies to the next generation. That's all we can do for now as long the franchise is in Universal hands.
Hi everybody! Fievel GIF - Hello by Maxl654

I'm the founder of this fantastic group. :) I was known under Maxl654 and now I decided to come back from my long absence of nearly three years under another name, MaxieM0us3. I'm back so I can submit my latest drawings, it doesn't necessarily mean that I'm back from being an active An American Tail fan.

During these years gone, I've been watching sometimes this group I have founded, seeing how this little community went on without me. I have witnessed, after all the An American Tail fanarts I've made, a raise of fanarts has followed. I've seen how my contribution was important for all lovers of Fievel and his friends. :D

I sure did lead a new generation of fans! :D After I left, I've seen people taking over the pen and proceeding this legacy, making amazing artworks! I cannot be enough grateful for this! :heart: You make me proud, that all my hard work meant something! :')

All I could finish this letter is to encourage our new members and future artists to keep passing this legacy. Take a pen and a paper, look at some pictures or watch your favorite An American Tail film and simply draw. :) A million thanks to all of you who made this group big as it is today, as for every fan on deviantART and across the Internet. :heart:

Sincerely,
- Maxie

P.S. Don't hesitate to Watch my new account for future drawings! It'd be nice from you. :heart:
So, as most of you know, November 21st marks the 30th anniversary of An American Tail. Five years ago we had a contest for the 25th anniversary which generated some great artwork, so I thought we could have another!

Since we're kind of lacking in the submissions department, I can give an extension to anyone who wants to jump in. Otherwise, post in the comments below which one you think should win.

And we actually have a prize too: the first place artwork gets to grace the front page of the An American Tail wiki! (Found here: anamericantail.wikia.com/wiki/…)

Here are the current entries:

neversayneveragain.deviantart.…

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surenity.deviantart.com/art/Fi…
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As many of you know James Horner composed the music for An American Tail, and Fievel Goes West.

In my opinion the background music to the first movie was really what gave it it's emotional punch. The movie would never have struck a cord with me personally the way it did without his orchestration. He also helped compose "Somewhere Out There" and "Dreams to Dream", two of the most beautiful and well-known songs from the franchise.

It didn't matter what the movie was he wrote for, his orchestrations were always top-notch. For instance, I think most of the reason I liked Once Upon a Forest was because of his soundtrack for it.

What were some of your favorite musical pieces he wrote? "The Great Fire" to the An American Tail soundtrack always got me, and to make a confession, that outro to the ending credits of An American Tail always made my eyes water. "Somewhere Out There" and "Dreams to Dream" need no introduction, they are masterpieces. Favorites of mine from other movies include "Casper's Lullaby" from Casper, and "Once Upon a Time With Me" from Once Upon a Forest.

Our childhoods have been silenced on this day. Rest in peace James Horner.
Okay, one day, I was going through tumblr in the 'An American Tail' tag and guess what I happened to find?

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Also, according to this, jeffmerghart.tumblr.com/post/1…, it was a sequel pitched to Don Bluth himself!

Someone make a fanfic out of this please!!!

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