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Good Parenting according to An American Tail, Fivel Goes West | October 14, 2009

So, I have 2 kids who LOVE the American Tail movies.  I have to admit that I, myself, am a fan of the films.  Today, however, my 3 1/2 year old, Emma, is watching Fivel Goes West, and we’ve recently come to the part where the spider knocks Fivel off of the train.  The parents (and all of the other mouse passengers, for that matter) hear his screams and rush to the “window” of the shoe box they’re riding in, to see him fall and bounce around in the desert sand.  Now, I would think that any good, loving parents would subsequently leap from the train and rescue their small child.  However, the Mouskewitz’s sit back down and sulk about having lost their son–again!  (If you haven’t seen the movies, in the first one, Fivel gets tossed over the edge of a ship sailing from Germany to America–he’s a very inquisitive little mouse.)  They continue on to Green River and find a home.  What is this teaching our children?  As an adult, I know that it’s fiction, and I know that I would never leave my small child to fend for himself in the desert heat (which is right out my back door these days).  But my children?  Do they understand the fact that he’s all alone, wandering without direction, in the wilderness?  Or am I just reading too much into this?  Probably, that is the case, but it’s still something to think about.  I mean, when they get older and can comprehend such things, will they be damaged and think that Danny and I will someday abandon them, or that they’ll “fall off the train”, so to speak, and we’ll just leave them behind and move on with our lives?  I, for one, would be the first one to jump head-long out of the window to rescue my child.  I hope that I’m able to raise them in such a way as to instill that in their hearts and minds, no matter what they see in movies and other people’s real lives.



  1. You are right. Everything has consequences of some kind. Every concept or idea calls for a response in our children, no matter how young they are, if they able to give attention to it. God thinks it is important to build precept upon precept, line upon line. Over time, characters are shaped according to the consistency and frequency of the concepts, ideas, and precepts we have built into them.

    Comment by Carol Vaughn — October 14, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

  2. Ya, his parents give up way too easily. Plus, they let their daughter sing in a saloon.

    Comment by Daniel — October 15, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

  3. Fivel had butter fingers. Its just natural selection.

    Comment by Timothy Sherrell — October 20, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

  4. I never liked An American Tail 2, and this part (which I don’t remember) is just another reason why.

    Comment by Tom Kapr — November 9, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

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