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.[1]

West and Soda
2006 DVD cover
Directed byBruno Bozzetto
Produced byBruno Bozzetto
Written byBruno Bozzetto
Sergio Crivellaro (dialogue)
Attilio Giovannini
StarringNando Gazzolo
Vittoria Febbi
Carlo Romano
Music byGiampiero Boneschi
CinematographyLuciano Marzetti
Roberto Scarpa
Release date
  • 1 October 1965 (1965-10-01) (Italy)
Running time
86 min

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.[2]


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).



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.

See also

  • List of animated feature-length films


  1. "Animation: A World History". Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. 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.

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