West and Soda
West and soda (also known as The West Way Out) is a 1965 traditionally animated Italian feature film directed by Bruno Bozzetto. It is a parody of the traditional American Western.
|West and Soda|
2006 DVD cover
|Directed by||Bruno Bozzetto|
|Produced by||Bruno Bozzetto|
|Written by||Bruno Bozzetto|
Sergio Crivellaro (dialogue)
|Music by||Giampiero Boneschi|
In an interview, Bozzetto claimed to have invented the Spaghetti Western genre with this film, an achievement usually attributed to Sergio Leone with his A Fistful of Dollars which was released the year before, but whose development started later and was faster than the traditionally animated West and Soda.
The plot of the film follows the traditional stranger arriving in a small western town. The stranger finds a pretty woman holding out from selling her uniquely green land to the local big shot, who is harassing her in hope of seducing her/buying her land. There's an ongoing mystery about how the stranger got a hold of the gold nugget he possesses, though at the end of the film it is revealed that he found it in a soap box (it's fake).
- Nando Gazzolo as Johnny
- Vittoria Febbi as Clementine
- Carlo Romano as The Big Bad Guy
- Luigi Pavese as Ursus
- Willy Moser as Slim
- Lidia Simoneschi as Esmeralda
- Ferruccio Amendola as The Big Bad Guy's Horse
A PAL R2 DVD of the film has been released in Italy. It contains 40 minutes of extra material, including interviews, a completely restored version of the film as well as English subtitles.
- List of animated feature-length films
- "Animation: A World History". Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- Iondini, Massimo (3 October 2015). "Bozzetto: «Così ho inventato lo spaghetti western»" [Bozzetto: «So I invented spaghetti western»]. Avvenire (in Italian). Milan. Retrieved 1 October 2019.