Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

(2009)

After a string of brilliant comedies, director Wes Anderson for his fifth film turns to a stop-motion animation take on a classic Roald Dahl book. George Clooney's honey and gravel tones bring to life the wily hero who must evade the clutches of three dastardly farmers in order to provide food for his furry family - and loses his tail in the process.... More

Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep, plus Anderson regulars Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray are also among those providing voices - recorded not in a studio but on location for extra spontaneity. With a script by Anderson and The Squid And The Whale's Noah Baumbach, plus music by ex-Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, hold on to your hats.Hide

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A work from one of Britain’s most loved authors finds itself in the hands of American indie auteur Wes Anderson, best known for his arch and perfectionist takes on eccentric schemers and fractured family dynamics. Couldn’t be a better match, really, for this wry and charming animated flick about a self-absorbed fox with self-esteem issues and a misunderstood son.... More

This autumn-hued family film will be appreciated as much by adults as their offspring. Voiced by masters of dead-pan (George Clooney, Jason Schwartman, Bill Murray, among others), the humour is gently understated and occasionally loopy.

It’s Anderson’s personal touches that make all the difference. His attention to detail is extraordinary and a strict insistence on keeping the old-school stop-motion techniques means that clouds of smoke are made of cotton wool and water is merely cellophane. You can even see the fur bristling on the animals’ faces thanks to the animators’ fingers.

As per usual, Anderson peppers the soundtrack with classic pop songs, including The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. Brit rocker Jarvis Cocker even makes an appearance, as a songwriter called Petey.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a film that will grow on you after viewing. Containing everything from mundane minutiae to sublime epiphany (the Zissou-type moment with the wolf at the end), it’s a film where tender care and the joy of creation shows in every frame. Literally.Hide


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BY AaronG superstar

Too much corny and almost adult humour that ruined this take on the beloved children's book.


A richly detailed, enchanting and utterly charming movie brimming full of beauty and wit. My young children adored this movie and watched it repeatedly until they could recite the dialogue from memory. A joy to watch from beginning to end, Wes Anderson has produced his masterpiece - a creation of lovely comic wisdom.


FANTASTIC IS THE ONLY WAY I COULD DESCRIBE THIS MOVIE
COMEDY,FAMILY,HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND CHILDREN ARE JUST SOME OF THE CATEGORIES THAT FANTASTIC MR FOX MIGHT BE PUT IN WHEN IT COMES OUT ON DVD .
WELL WORTH WATCHING AND YOU ARE GETTING GREAT VALUE WITH YOUR MONEY
A GREAT RE-TELL OF JUST ONE ROALD DAHLS FANTASTIC STORYS!


BY Michael7 lister

Probably the smartest, funniest and most charming movie I've seen since cannot remember when! Totally unexpected great surprise.

Whistle/Click - out...


BY steveisatree superstar

Fantastic Mr. Fox, is well, fantastic! 9/10... Watched it with a smile of joy throughout the whole film.


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The Press Reviews

93% of critics recommend.
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  • It may not amount to much, but what to expect from a book about a thieving fox? Beautifully realised, it’s the Anderson movie that will leave you with a smile on your face. Full Review

  • Already up for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and I would bet this week’s pocket money an Oscar nod won’t be far away, this Fantastic Mr Fox is a delight from go to woah and a must see. Full Review

  • The film's style, paradoxically both precious and rough-hewn, positions this as the season's defiantly anti-CGI toon, and its retro charms will likely appeal more strongly to grown-ups than to moppets; it's a picture for people who would rather drive a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 than a new one. Full Review

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