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Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009

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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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Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer

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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42 ratings and 42 reviews

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Fantastic Mr Fox is Truly Fantastic

Ys-Tan A-Lister (?)

A really entertaining film with cool graphics. The pace of the film and the conversation in the film was good and witty and kept me entertain all throughout. The characters were lovable. A film that will definitely make you laugh

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Lily Nobody (?)

This is a truly wonderful film. The animation is a true cinematic feat. The detail is phenomenal. The little sylvanian-esque food and plates, the wee costumes, and the gentle movement of fur in the breeze. This really is a treat to watch.

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Actually really fantastic

striped_tiger Wannabe (?)

This film is definitely worth seeing - the animation was impressive and it is really quite funny. It is a good light hearted holiday movie.

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Sure to be a Wes Anderson classic

James-Mckelvie Wannabe (?)

Wes Anderson's humour shines through here. Great for me but if you didn't enjoy any of his other films you may have a hard time with this.
The stop motion was fantastic, the characters delightful and lovably infuriating at times.
Four stars from me.

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Beautifully adapted

AliasAlli Wannabe (?)

From the opening credits, this film had me smiling. Clearly a Wes Anderson film from his impeccable attention to detail, it doesn't lose the humour and whimsy of a Roald Dahl novel.
The voices are perfectly cast - George Clooney plays the charismatic and clever Mr. Fox, Meryl Streep plays his wily wife. I'm just going to point out here that I love Meryl. And no Anderson film would be complete without Jason Schwartzman, who plays their "different" son, Ash.
The animation is amazing, the sets exquisite.
I'm using all this lush language because Fantastic Mr. Fox was just lovingly thought out and executed.
I'f you love Wes Anderson films, you'll love this one - and Roald Dahl fans will appreciate the necessary 'fleshing out' of the story.
P.S. The soundtrack is definitely on my wish list.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

Jack Richards Nobody (?)

My brother and I viewed this movie last night at St Lukes. We both really enjoyed this movie and reckon everyone would love it. My brother really liked the hedgehog with the spinning eyes and is trying to do this!! really cool

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Cussing fantastic!

Natalie Nobody (?)

This film is brilliant. Beautifully animated, funny and entertaining from start to finish. I'll be buying it when the dvd comes out!

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My review

Tegan-Lewis Nobody (?)

One of the stranger movies I have seen as of late. It wasn't quite a movie for adults, but then in our opinion it wasn't really appropriate for kids either. I doubt the "cuss' that" and "the 'cuss' you're not" would go over many kids heads these days. In light of this, it will be interesting to see who it is marketed at.

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Fun Fantastic Mr Fox

BritComedyFan A-Lister (?)

A great family film. There was enough depth to the characters to make it enjoyable for adults as well. I loved the humour of this movie.

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Jen Nobody (?)

It's cussing fantastic!
Wes Anderson once again, hit the spot. Stupidly humorous, perfectly cast, amazing animation...

A truly delightful film!

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Mr Fox is Truly Fantastic

Ashika-Prasad Nobody (?)

My son Dylan (who is 4) and I had a fabulous time last night at St Lukes.
The whole movie was very entertaining and all characters were very lovable, my son's favourite was Mr Fox. He now wants a movie of his own, I will definitely be taking him again to watch Mr Fox probably at Skycity Manukau.
By AP

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Surprising and charming

Mitchell Nobody (?)

Not being the biggest fan of Wes Anderson, I was suprised at how well his particular style suited the stop-motion animation. The witty dialogue, full of wonderfully dry one-liners, and often marvelous design details created a unique interpretation of the Roald Dahl story. I'll avoid alluding to the title but will say that Mr Fox is Fresh, Frenetic and Fun-Filled.

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Lives up to its title - Fantastic

wownerf Nobody (?)

Fantastic Mr Fox is exactly as titled. A wonderful stopmotion animated film which is a pleasure for everyone. Soundtrack is very good, the voices are perfect (especially Meryl Streep), and the story is just as you remembered from the book. My wife never read the book but loved it all the same. Shows that good animated films don't have to be CGI they just need a great story.

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My review

Joanne-Pang Nobody (?)

This film surpassed my expectations and my boyfriend's (he was laughing when no one else seemed to be). It was an enjoyable experience of one of Roald Dahl's stories brought to the big screen which was well executed by Wes Anderson through the cast and animation.

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Fabulously Fantastic

LizLemon Wannabe (?)

Great script kept me laughing, especially all the cussing! I really appreciated how much work had gone into making this film, the tiny models, the clothes were absolutely delightful. Fun for everyone.

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Fantastic Mr Fox....is exactly that

Abby Nobody (?)

Not many movies can claim to be Fantastic this film delivers. It was laugh out loud funny. There were moments in this film that had more depth of character than others with real people in it. Well done Wes Anderson and Co.

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An awesome movie for young and old

Jenner Nobody (?)

I absolutely LOVED this movie and laughed almost all the way through it. The way the story played out was really great and overall it was witty dialogue for both kids and grown ups. I can't wait to see this again, cos it was tooter. And if you disagree with me then clearly you don't know what the cuss you're talking about.

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"I've been cussing with their heads"

Tracey Wannabe (?)

Ok, this movie is beautifully produced. No doubt about that. The lighting is cleverly done; the puppetry is seamless to the point where you almost forget it is puppetry. But what really makes Fantastic Mr Fox special is the attention to detail. The expressions on the faces, the modelling of the scenes, the smart adaptation of the story, it all gets brought together to keep you smiling and involved.
The dialogue will keep you laughing (if you're quick enough to catch all the many stabs at humour) and the caricatures of the evil farmers are brilliantly done.

As an added bonus for parents, the swear words have all been helpfully replaced by the word "cuss", which brings some wonderful laugh out loud moments by itself. My favourite line in the movie being "I've been cussing with their heads" from Mr Fox in regards to the farmers.
Fantastic Mr Fox is suitable for younger children but they might need adult supervision as some of the scenes could be a bit frightening.

The only thing that I could say bad about it was that it did take a while for me to get into it. Once I did though, all I could do is sit back and marvel at the wizardry of it all.
I fully loved Fantastic Mr Fox and I would recommend to anyone to give it a watch.

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Awesome...nicely shot

Rachelle Nobody (?)

I thought this was entertaining, funny, the characters where great and built nicely and nice hearted with a good moral.

I loved the way it was shot with the soundtrack as well. Stylie and awesome retro style imagery but with a modern edge. The fact that it was english but with american accents seemed a bit funny but I figured that was meant to be to make it feel that it could have been shot anywhere. Good flick and it made me laugh and i loved some of the characters.

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Cussing Best Animated Movie Everrrrr

Lorenzo-Green Nobody (?)

Honestly I walked in to this movie ready to be bored with a side dish of half laughs. I generally don't like animated movies that "try" to appeal to both kids and adults. But Fantastic Mr Fox hit it right on the head. A very stylistic animation, original kooky wtf kind of sense of humour (the wolf on the hill, you know what I'm talking bout). I would definitely watch it again, kudos to Mr Anderson.

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Disappointing.

Josh Nobody (?)

They made the cinematic decision to shoot this at 12fps, so that people could "notice" the stop motion. It looked awful. Fleshing out the story involved turning Mr Fox into a jerk having a midlife crisis. Please leave my childhood memories alone.

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Great Movie

Helen Nobody (?)

I'll happily take my nephews to see this over the holidays. There's enough appeal for adults to hold your interest yet should be easy for the children to understand too.

Beautifully animated and entertaining story.

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Doesn't quite work

SB Nobody (?)

While I enjoyed watching the movie, I felt like the randomness didn't quite work. I can appreciate what they were trying to achieve but overall it fell flat. Some good laughs here and there though.

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Cussing Great!

Bevan Nobody (?)

Was all I could have hoped a Wes Anderson animated movie could be. Loved it!

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Fantastic Mr Fox true to its name

Myra-Cohen Nobody (?)

Roald Dahl would approve of this fantastic adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox. Just the right combination of dry wit and silliness. I took my 4 year old daughter and we both loved it!

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cussing fantastic

iChild B-Grader (?)

Absolutely loved the movie, laughed the whole was though. Am currently working 'cuss' into my everyday vocabulary.

The wolf scene was genius.

Great for all ages.

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Truely cussing great film

Tony jensen Nobody (?)

I haven't laughter so much at a film in years. Truely a family film with something for everyone

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A Cussing Fantastic film.

KatherineR Nobody (?)

Another Wes Anderson great. My inner child is happy and I'm sure Roald Dahl would be too.

Original, hilarious, totally appealing to anyone. George Clooney and Jason Schwartzman are perfect choices.

Who do I have to cuss to get another ticket?

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Mr Fox rocks!

dogleg Nobody (?)

I went to see mr fox with my dad and it was cool and funny and i will take my brothers and my mum next time because they will like it too and it will help us, as a family,...to dig dig!

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Fantastic Mr Fox

Tim Nobody (?)

I must say I was quite suprised by this movie, possibly because I wasn't expecting much. Saying that I thought it was really clever, very funny and it is actually one of those movies that can be enjoyed by all ages.

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When Can I See It Again?

Joshua-Brucker Nobody (?)

Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic Mr Fox!
Ooooooooooooo......... How you made laugh almost as many times as you tried to steal the chickens from the poor old farmers farm. Mr fox wouldn't it be easier to go to kfc? And dine with your children and wife, I see. A brilliant retelling of the children's book, however I still feel sorry for those dear old chooks. Mr Fox, I Herby nominate you for 2010 best Actor Oscar, and the Nobel peace prize. Because although you are at war like our friend Obama ( with the chickens ) you are just decreasing the population of caged chickens, to make way for more free ranged ones. For that I applaud you. Over this was a brilliant movie, simple enough for 5 year old s to understand, yet quirky enough, with a little bit of wit, and adult humor for any adult to understand. Finally in the words of my little brother, who came with me to watch the movie. When can I see it again?

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Fantastic Movie

Kelly-Samson Nobody (?)

Fantastic movie for young & old! Definitely a great feel good movie. Recommended!

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Dig that Movie

Alexis-Jackson A-Lister (?)

I found Fantastic Mr Fox thoroughly charming. It was quirky, funny, and whatever Roald Dahl, or Wes Anderson were smoking- it worked.

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A Cussing Good Film

Andy-Johnson Nobody (?)

I’ve been looking forward to this since the closing credits to The Darjeeling Limited. I have to admit I was sceptical at first – Anderson has such a trademark visual style, how would this translate into a stop-motion animation adaptation of a Roald Dahl children’s book? The answer is ‘very well’.

You have to bear in mind however, that this is a children’s film. There’s enough adult humour to keep people as interested as they would be in a Pixar film – but it’s a film for kids all the same. In fact, to give it very loose description I’d have to say it was somewhere close to Pixar meets Wallace & Gromit. Where Nick Park’s animation bears the thumb prints of its animators, Anderson’s team is far more precise. The animation on the human characters is sometimes better than the animals (take note, Pixar), with one very noteworthy effect being the cigarette flare on Farmer Bean’s darkened face during one the films more suspenseful sequences.

This marks the second of Anderson’s films not to be scored by Mark Mothersbaugh. You wouldn’t notice however - Alexandre Desplat’s score is very similar to what we have heard before on Rushmore, ...Tennebaums and The Life Aquatic, although not as rooted in classical as the heart of those scores. Still, we get some nice contemporary songs to give the film some pep where it needs it (The Rolling Stones’ Street Fighting Man has been long-overdue a revival) and it’s nice to get back to a fully Westernized soundtrack after the Eastern core of The Darjeeling Limited.

As for the players, with the exception of George Clooney and Merryl Streep, the film is nicely made up of ex-Anderson alumni, with Jason Schwartzman, Michael Gambon and Bill Murray all taking key roles; and Brian Cox, Owen Wilson and Willem Dafoe appearing in nice cameos.

If Anderson has done nothing more, he has created a piece of work reminiscent of the quality of such films as the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) or golden-era Disney, with enough humour and references to keep the whole family happy. At the end of the day, it’s a cussing good film.

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Great movie for all ages, we will see this again

Belinda Nobody (?)

About 20 minutes into this movie I started getting worried, because I was enjoying it so much, and thought it couldn't possibly be so fantastic all the way through. It did lull a little, but only because of the extremely high benchmark at the start.
My 9 year old son declared this "His favourite movie of all time", and he has seen them all! And my 10 year old daughter gave it 8/10.
We all enjoyed it so much we are are going to see it again.
Highly recommended for all the family.
Thank-you Flicks for this opportunity.

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Brilliant movie

Willow_Johnson Wannabe (?)

I loved it and this is definitely going on my favourite films of the year list. Full of laughs and quirkiness I'd highly recommend for adults and children alike!

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Fantastic Mr Fox, a cussing good flick

Jaq Nobody (?)

Saw the movie with Him indoors and Misses 7 & 8. A very funny movie, enjoyed by all ages. Misses 7 & 8 did note that it .."wasnt much like the book, but was really good"

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Yay.

steveisatree Flicks Superstar (?)

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

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Brilliant

Michael7 A-Lister (?)

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

Whistle/Click - out...

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FANTASTIC WAS FANTASTIC MR FOX!!!!!!!!!!!

GENOVEVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody (?)

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!

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Wes Anderson's masterpiece. A true gem!

Allo2JasonIsaacs A-Lister (?)

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.

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It just wasn't right...

AaronG Flicks Superstar (?)

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

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Press Reviews

93% of critics recommend

Consensus: "Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation."

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Empire (UK)

Genuinely original: a silly, hilarious and oddly profound adaptation for adult-sized children Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

Anderson has created a world as stylized and inventive as anything he's done... "Fox" is a visual delight. Full review.

NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)

A wonderfully imagined and executed retelling of this well-known story. Full review.

Rolling Stone (USA)

An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us. Full review.

Total Film (UK)

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.

TV3 (Kate Rodger)

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.

Variety (USA)

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.