Fantastic Mr. Fox
April 25, 2010
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Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Wes Anderson/Noah Baumbach
Based on the Novel by: Roald Dahl
Producers: Wes Anderson/Scott Rudin/Allison Abbate/Stephen M. Rales
Starring: George Clooney/Meryl Streep/Bill Murray/Owen Wilson/William Dafoe
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 87 minutes
Mr and Mrs Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristofferson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers — Boggis, Bunce and Bean — who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr Fox at any cost.
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is brought to life.
There have been many of Roald Dahl’s books brought to the movie world. We’ve had movies such as James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, The BFG and now Fantastic Mr. Fox, which has proven to be quite the diamond. The story is brilliant which is to be expected since it’s based on a Roald Dahl book, the animation is bright and colourful and is simply superb as it uses the original classic stop motion animation. The voice acting has no faults and the characters were beautifully written and a lot of fun to watch. It’s guaranteed to leave you grinning from ear to ear after you finish watching it.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I must admit I did have some doubts but after putting them aside and watching the movie, I could see I had nothing to worry about as this is truly a classic animation for children and adults to watch. The humour involved in the movie is great and timed perfectly. It surprised me as well because, and I don’t know if this is me but, the animation looked choppy and kind of slow yet when watching the animation, it was nice and smooth and ran perfectly. Almost everything about Fantastic Mr. Fox was near enough perfect to how a family animation should be. However, nothing is ever perfect and I doubt I’ll ever see a perfect movie. Having said that, this movie comes pretty close to being the perfect family movie. I really do recommend this movie to everyone as I have yet to find a person who didn’t fall for the charm of Fantastic Mr. Fox. This will definitely keep the whole family entertained and adults and children will adore it. I thank the cast and the crew for bringing such a classic story to life and making it fantastic.
To simply put it, Fantastic Mr. Fox is fantastic!