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New Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

December 6, 2009

How Wes Anderson has made us all wait so long for his foray into animation is beyond my grasp.  “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is something that no Anderson fan can miss, but those new to the filmmaker will also be able to enjoy this foxy film.

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” stars the voice talents of George Clooney (oddly in a fox suit he is even more appealing), Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, William Dafoe, Jarvis Cocker, Michael Gambon, Eric Anderson and Wally Wolodarsky (and more fun voice guests like Wes Anderson, himself and Adrien Brody)

Using motion step technique for animation, Anderson takes us through the wonderful world of Ronald Daohl, the celebrated author of “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) decide to settle down from their more adventerous days after Mrs. Fox announced she is pregant. 12 fox years later, the two live with son Ash (Schwartzman) and young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But Mr. Fox yearns for his old chicken thieving days and hatches a plan to hit the three meanest and evil farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean. But the three fight back and the Fox family must try to escape.

With just the right pace of a family adventure and yet the quirky fun dialogue of an Anderson film, I may have at one point (ok numerous points) literally squealed with delight while watching.

The film is similar in feel to “Chicken Run” or even a “Wallace and Gromit” with animation techniques and a more stylistic finish to the story. Rather than churning out another predictable animation, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is the cool kid version of what a cartoon can be – and I for one, cannot wait to watch it again and again.I love that there is still room in the digital world we live in for hand drawn stop-animation.

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” is currently playing at the Tupelo Malco. It has not come to Oxford nor does it appear that it will.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Bunny Lee permalink
    December 12, 2009 12:24 pm

    I disagree with the above review. I walked out when someone (can’t remember who)began to destroy an office. I found the movie to lack continuity. I taught the Dahl novel in elementary school years ago and recognized only scant similarity. (Okay, so Mr. Fox stole stuff from three farmers.) I long for the good ol’ days and good children’s movies where I genuinely care about what happens next and what happens to characters. You know, characters like Belle, and Dorothy, and Mary Poppins and her charges.

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