Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Overview

A wily fox uses his formidable cunning to outsmart three feeble-minded farmers, who resort to extreme tactics to protect their chickens in director Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl children's book. For 12 years, Mr. and Mrs. Fox voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep have lived a peaceful life in the wilderness with their son, Ash voice of Jason Schwartzman. Shortly after their young nephew Kristofferson voice of Eric Anderson arrives for a visit, Mr. Fox's long-suppressed animal ...
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Overview

A wily fox uses his formidable cunning to outsmart three feeble-minded farmers, who resort to extreme tactics to protect their chickens in director Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl children's book. For 12 years, Mr. and Mrs. Fox voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep have lived a peaceful life in the wilderness with their son, Ash voice of Jason Schwartzman. Shortly after their young nephew Kristofferson voice of Eric Anderson arrives for a visit, Mr. Fox's long-suppressed animal instincts begin to take over and the faithful family man resorts back to his old ways as a cunning chicken thief, endangering not only his family but the entire animal community as well. When evil farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean force the animals underground in a desperate attempt to capture the audacious Mr. Fox, dwindling food supplies force the frightened animals to band together in one last attempt to fight for the land that is rightfully theirs. Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson provide additional voices.
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Special Features

Digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; Audio commentary featuring Anderson; Storyboard animatic for the entire film; Footage of the actors recording their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score; Interviews with the cast and crew; Puppet animation tests; Photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets; Animated awards acceptance speeches; Audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based; "Fantastic Mr. Dahl," an hour-long 2005 documentary about the author; Gallery of Dahl's original manuscripts; Discussion and analysis of the film; Stop-motion Sony robot commercial by Anderson; One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats; PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Erica Wagner; a 2002 article on Dahl's Gipsy House by Anderson; "White Cape," a comic book used as a prop in the film; and drawings, original paintings, and other ephemera
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A director renowned for ornately crafted set decoration and meticulous framing, Wes Anderson didn't surprise anybody by taking on a stop-motion animated project -- where literally every shot could be composed of a zillion perfectly composed still photographs. And, indeed, Anderson's 2009 opus Fantastic Mr. Fox based on the children's book by Roald Dahl proves to be as perfect a fit for the auteur as fans were hoping. The film opens on the titular Mr. Fox voiced by George Clooney, a charming rake of a woodland creature with a penchant for devilish adventure, usually involving chicken theft. He and his wife Meryl Streep are engaging in just this kind of youthful mischief one day, when Fox's usual cleverness momentarily fails and the two find themselves caught in a trap. Newly pregnant with their son, Mrs. Fox makes her husband swear that if they make it out alive, he'll never engage in these kinds of dangerous antics ever again. Fast forward to 12 years later, and Mr. Fox has a safe, modest job writing a column for the local paper. He's got a happy, simple life, but things could be better. His son, Ash Jason Schwartzman, is a bit on the small, timid, unathletic side, and the only home Mr. Fox can afford upgrading to just happens to overlook the backyards of three ultra-mean farmers. But, of course, for a magnanimous rascal like Fox, any minor hindrance can be turned to his advantage, and after settling into his new place, he uses his proximity to the three facilities to pull off one last heist...at each farm. That's all well and good until the farmers catch on, and Fox and his neighbors are forced to band together in a stand-off against the tyrants. Though Anderson's past films have clearly shown his aptitude for just this kind of storybook style -- full of maps and illustrations and cross sections -- his stories have also historically been built around sometimes darker ideas about human relationships. But, rest assured, that kind of angsty cynicism doesn't creep its way into Fantastic Mr. Fox at all. Though Anderson's trademark deadpan banter and clever silliness are in full force helped, no doubt, by a choice to record the cast live, together, and on location -- as opposed to in a studio, the script is no less sophisticated than anything out of the filmmaker's catalogue, and there isn't even a trace of bellicose self-indulgence; he's not taking the opportunity to work out issues with his childhood, though he probably could have gotten away with it, if he really wanted to. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a gorgeous film -- painstakingly constructed to the point of delight, even for Anderson's standards. But the movie is also spot-on tonally: it's quirky without getting precious, emotive without getting morose. At a time when Pixar has more than proven that family movies can be layered and refined, Anderson's mix of dry wit and unmistakable tenderness blurs the cinematic line between grown-up and kid fare even further, to the benefit of everyone -- except for future contributors to the genre, who'll find that the bar has been set dauntingly high.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2014
  • UPC: 715515111416
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 15

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Voice Only
Meryl Streep Voice Only
Jason Schwartzman Voice Only
Bill Murray Voice Only
Wallace Wolodarsky Voice Only
Eric Anderson Voice Only
Michael Gambon Voice Only
Willem Dafoe Voice Only
Owen Wilson Voice Only
Jarvis Cocker Voice Only
Helen McCrory Voice Only
Wes Anderson Voice Only
Steven Rales Voice Only
Adrien Brody Voice Only
Mario Batali Voice Only
Molly Cooper Voice Only
Allison Abbate Voice Only
Hugo Guinness Voice Only
Jeremy Dawson Voice Only
Garth Jennings Voice Only
Juman Malouf Voice Only
Karen Duffy Voice Only
Jennifer Furches Voice Only
Robin Hurlstone Voice Only
James Hamilton Voice Only
Roman Coppola Voice Only
Robert Hersov Voice Only
Brian Cox Voice Only
Tristan Oliver Voice Only
Martin Ballard Voice Only
Alexandre Desplat Conductor
Technical Credits
Wes Anderson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Allison Abbate Producer
Noah Baumbach Screenwriter
Molly Cooper Co-producer
Jeremy Dawson Producer
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Kev Harwood Asst. Director
Nelson Lowry Production Designer
Francesca Maxwell Art Director
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Tristan Oliver Cinematographer
Charlotte Owen Production Manager
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Steven Rales Executive Producer
Scott Rudin Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fantastic Mr. Fox
1. Chicken Stealers by Trade [4:40]
2. Two Years Later (12 Fox-Years) [2:05]
3. A New Tree [3:23]
4. Kristofferson [4:35]
5. Mr. Fox Has a Plan [2:24]
6. Master Plan, Phase One (Boggis' Chicken House #1) [3:42]
7. Bunce's Refrigerated Smokehouse (Master Plan, Phase Two) [3:12]
8. Bean's Secret Cider Cellar (Master Plan, Phase Three) [6:18]
9. The Shooting [4:23]
10. The Terrible Tractors [3:47]
11. The Siege Begins [3:54]
12. One Human-Hour Later [3:09]
13. Cider Flood at the Flint-Mine [5:01]
14. The Sewer [4:12]
15. The Wrong Fox [3:53]
16. A Go-For-Broke Rescue Mission [3:29]
17. Master "Plan B" [3:36]
18. Bean Annex [5:13]
19. Canis Lupus [4:55]
20. Three Days Later (2 1/2 Fox-Weeks) [4:05]
21. Boggis, Bunce and Bean International Supermarkets [6:47]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Gipsy House [4:40]
2. Prototypical Scene [2:05]
3. Introductions and Occupations [3:23]
4. Storyboards and Set Design [4:35]
5. Vermont [2:24]
6. Still Photographs [3:42]
7. Satellite Links [3:12]
8. Bean Security [6:18]
9. Living Underground [4:23]
10. The Snooker Room [3:47]
11. Range [3:54]
12. Scales of Puppets [3:09]
13. Young Foxes [5:01]
14. Actors/Voices [4:12]
15. Vacant Eyes [3:53]
16. Latin [3:29]
17. Little TV Sets [3:36]
18. A Tough Beagle [5:13]
19. Miyazaki [4:55]
20. "Old Man River" [4:05]
21. Animated Dancing [6:47]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #2 -- Fantastic Mr. Fox
1. Introduction [:53]
2. The Three Farmers [1:42]
3. Mr. Fox [2:17]
4. The Shooting [3:58]
5. The Terrible Shovels [3:19]
6. The Terrible Tractors [3:03]
7. The Race [2:14]
8. "We'll Never Let Him Go" [1:34]
9. The Foxes Begin to Starve [2:44]
10. Mr. Fox Has a Plan [2:16]
11. Boggis' Chicken House Number One [3:38]
12. A Surprise for Mrs. Fox [1:26]
13. Badger [3:20]
14. Bunce's Giant Storehouse [5:00]
15. Badger Has Doubts [2:23]
16. Bean's Secret Cider Cellar [4:08]
17. The Woman [3:16]
18. The Great Feast [5:20]
19. Still Waiting [:39]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fantastic Mr. Fox
   Introduction by "Petey"
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Commentary: On
      Commentary: Off
      Index
   Animatic
Disc #2 -- Fantastic Mr. Fox
   The Making of "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
      Recording the Voices
      Puppet Tests/Early Animation
      References for Art Department
      A Visit to the Studio
      Time-Lapse Photography
      Music
      Miniature Objects
   Roald Dahl Reads "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
   Awards Speeches
      Acceptance Speech
      Potential Victory Speech
      Press Statement
   Set Photography by Ray Lewis
   Publicity Featurettes
      Roald Dahl
      Adaptation
      Puppet Makers
      The Cast
      Designing the World
      Bill and Badger
   Sony Robots Commercial
   Discussion and Analysis
   "Fantastic Mr. Dahl"
   The Witch's Tree
   Dahl's Manuscripts
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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Loved It - Instant Classic

    A true wonder. This film is as much for adults as it is children. The voice cast are perfect. Director Wes Anderson's take on Roald Dahl's short book is nothing short of marvelous.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Sly & Slick.

    A favorable review: engaging & funny entertainment. Action, adventure, daring, and cunning are all in this movie. Mr. Fox is the sly fox of this movie and he has more master plans than you could imagine. The characters make you think of marionettes come-to-life. As Mr. Fox says, "All of the animals are wild by nature and it is hard to change your nature." Therefore, we get to go along with Mr. Fox and watch his "wild" nature at work. This is LOL! entertainment adults will enjoy. This movie was a pure riot! Adults will enjoy this PG movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastical

    I can't say enough good things about this movie- it's classic Wes Anderson, though, that sort of humor that is random and ridiculous and hilarious. I wasn't too keen on The Darjeeling Limited, but if you loved all the previous films (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Bottle Rocket, Rushmore) you're gonna love this one. It is quite different from the book in that characters and plot points were expanded to fill a couple of hours. But that only means it's entertaining to a wider range of ages, perfect for parents and kids. And the animation! These movies always have a great vintage tinge, and Mr. Fox doesn't disappoint. Just great. Great, great, great. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

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    A brilliant adaptation of a children's book. I haven't been won

    A brilliant adaptation of a children's book. I haven't been won over by Wes Anderson's previous movies, but this film forced me to change my mind about what he's capable of. It's chock-full of excellent cast members for the animals' voices, amazing attention to detail in the stop-motion animation, phenomenal comedic timing and, oh yeah, great song choices that always add just the right texture and mood to various scenes. A smash hit, in every sense of the world - it's terrific escapism as we watch humans and animals vying to show who can get the final word, but it's also a statement on behavior since we see the primary human characters (the farmers) act in a far more destructive manner than the fox even though he repeatedly tells his wife he captures and kills other creatures because he is, after all, a wild animal. Recommended most highly for children as well as adults!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    An enjoyable watch - but mostly for teens and adults than kids

    As a teenager I LOVE this movie. The animation is great, the characters are interesting and entertaining, and the story is wonderful. I have never actually read Road Dahl's original story, so I can't judge it solely on that. But from what I saw, it was easy to understand and genuinely appealing. The humor, for me, was one of the most memorable parts of the movie. Actually, this might be one of the funniest animated movies I have ever seen. The humor is sophisticated and witty, with memorable jokes and great comedic timing. The only issue I really had, though, was the demographic that the makers of the film were going for. The jokes and how the characters interacted seemed to feel more for teenagers and adults than little kids. Younger viewers may not understand half of the humor in it, but the jokes aren't dated or filled with pop culture references, so they will probably understand it when they get older. In short, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a wonderful film and I highly recommend it.

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