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Fantastic Mr. Fox
     

Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Director: Wes Anderson, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman

Cast: Wes Anderson, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman

 

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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

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
UPC:
0024543657552
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Blu-Ray: Making Mr. Fox Fantastic: The look of Fantastic Mr. Fox; From Script to Screen; The puppet makers; Still Life (Puppet animation); The cast; Bill and his badger; A Beginner's Guide to Whack-Bat; Fantastic Mr. Fox: The World of Roald Dahl

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Mr. Fox
Meryl Streep Mrs. Fox
Jason Schwartzman Ash
Bill Murray Badger
Wallace Wolodarsky Kylie
Eric Anderson Kristofferson
Michael Gambon Franklin Bean
Willem Dafoe Rat
Owen Wilson Coach Skip
Jarvis Cocker Petey
Helen McCrory Mrs. Bean
Wes Anderson Weasel
Steven Rales Beaver
Adrien Brody Field Mouse
Mario Batali Rabbit
Molly Cooper Rabbit Girl
Allison Abbate Rabbit's Ex-Girlfriend
Hugo Guinness Nathan Bunce
Jeremy Dawson Beaver's Son
Garth Jennings Bean's Son
Juman Malouf Agnes
Karen Duffy Linda Otter
Jennifer Furches Dr. Badger
Robin Hurlstone Walter Boggis
James Hamilton Mole
Roman Coppola Squirrel Contractor
Robert Hersov Pilot
Brian Cox Action 12 Reporter
Tristan Oliver Explosives Man
Martin Ballard Fire Chief
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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fantastic Mr. Fox - DVD
1. Main Title / Trapped!
2. Living in a Hole
3. Just Buy the Tree
4. Unwelcome Houseguest
5. One Last Big Job
6. Master Plan
7. Whack-Bat
8. Bean's Secret Cider Cellar
9. Tails Don't Grow Back
10. Dig!
11. No Ticks, No Lice
12. The Siege Begins
13. Triple Header
14. Ash's Brilliant Brainstorm
15. Apple Juice Flood
16. Waving the White Flag
17. Redemption
18. Going for Broke
19. On Fire
20. Rescue Mission
21. Less Than a Slice of Bread
22. What a Beautiful Creature
23. A Good Toast
24. Let her Dance / End Titles

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Fantastic Mr. Fox 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Wojo More than 1 year ago
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.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
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.
Celia_Cristina More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies I've ever seen. Probably Anderson's best work. A good movie for all ages. Really funny without being stupid...great timing and witty. Fantastic. I highly recommend this movie. 
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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