The Fantastic Mr. Fox is based on the Roald Dahl. A wily fox who has always known a life of theft from the three evil farmers decides to hatch one last heist. The repercussions of his actions are felt by farmer and animal alike.
Why you should see this movie.
If you like the quirky humor of Wes Anderson, this movie is right down your alley. Anderson’s work can sometimes be hard to comprehend/swallow. He is a very quirky director and some of his movies are very much outside of the mainstream. However, if you enjoy his work, you will love this movie. From replacing what would have been his regular R rated dialogue by literally having the characters say “What the cuss is he doing?” provides such a clever way to give entertainment for parents and children alike.
If you enjoyed the original book, this is worth a glance. While the movie does add a lot of newer plot twists and material, it stays faithful to the source material. You find yourself smiling at the familiarities of the farmers and adds great material so the 90 minutes doesn’t become obnoxiously stretched thin like The Polar Express.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox is great to see if you enjoy a great family movie with excellent voice acting. The three main leads listed above are only the tip of the iceberg. Other actors helping out range from Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore) to Willem Dafoe to Bill Murray to Brian Cox.
Why you may want to see something else.
If the sometimes clunky methods of claymation drive you mad, Fox is one to miss. The jumpy method is embellished and capitalized on. The family movie provides a unique experience and should be seen by everyone. However, if you only see CGI animated movies in 3D or think subtitles constitutes heavy reading, this may not be the one to see.
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On Blu Ray/DVD: Fantastic Mr. Fox. Voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Jason Schwartzman. Based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. Written for the screen by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Directed by Wes Anderson.