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The Daily Cinema: “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Yes, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is still in theaters, but this film has a, ermmm, fantastic reputation already and I simply had to see it. And you know what? I am glad I did, because it is awesome. I could sit here and give you a thousand adjectives, but let’s just get this out of the way: Go see this film.

I have liked Wes Anderson films. Even enjoyed them quite a bit. But I would never say I have loved his work—til now. I simply adore this film. It is full of style and humor, and who knew that his first animated (stop-motion) and PG film would be the one to break the mold?

Join me after the break for the full review and plot overview.

I haven’t read the book, but I hear it is short and iconic overseas. However, whatever the source material, Wes Anderson did a great job in creating an accessible and family friendly film without scrimping on plot, character, and themes that resonate with adults.

The story begins with Mr. Fox and his wife, Felicity Fox. Mr. Fox is wild and rambunctious, taking the scenic route over the shortcut, and stealing chickens and food, because, well, he is a wild animal. However, when they get caught, he promises Felicity to leave the lifestyle behind and settle down.

A few fox years pass, and we see that Mr. Fox is working a safe job as a journalist, but doesn’t have any thrill anymore—not to mention they are poor. So, naturally Mr. Fox wants more from life, as you can’t keep a wild animal contained. So, he devises a grand scheme to go after the three meanest farmers that ever existed and outfox them.

However, the farmers aren’t just going to sit around and take it.

The little touches throughout the film are what really add up to the wonderful experience (“You cussin’ at me!?”). The stop-motion is superb and the style is undeniable. Everything feels fun and alive, with warm, autumnal tones throughout the film.

All of this praise, and yet I haven’t even mentioned the wonderful voice cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, Eric Chase Anderson (Wes’s brother), and the hilarious Wallace Wolodarsky.

Taken as a whole, this film has rocketed up my list of 2009’s films and sits rightfully in the top five. Go see this film.

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January 14, 2010 - Posted by | The Daily Cinema |

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