Fantastic Mr. Fox is visionary director Wes Anderson’s first animated film, utilizing classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of the best selling children’s book by Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach). The film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker. Mr and Mrs Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). 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.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Anderson was interested in filmmaking and performance from a young age, shooting crude Super-8 movies and staging elaborate school plays. As a philosophy student at the University of Texas at Austin, Anderson found a kindred spirit in classmate Owen Wilson, who shared the director’s passion for playwriting and watching classic films of the ‘70s. The two became roommates and lingered at UT; as Anderson honed his skills at a local public access television station and Wilson performed in local stage productions. The duo then set out to shoot a full-length script they wrote, titled Bottle Rocket, recruiting two of Wilson’s brothers, Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson, to perform. Despite Andrew’s production connections in Austin, however, the team eventually ran out of film stock and funds, and they had to edit their footage into a 13-minute short. The black-and-white production eventually found its way to fellow Texan filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson, a family friend… read more
i'm not the biggest fan of stop motion films (that go on for more than 10 minutes) but my god this was adorable. everything. the development of characters, choice of music and the voice actors make it all feel so real. you connect with animals and maybe even have a crush on one. i do need to read the book. i liked many quotes from the film and have a feeling i'd like more from the book. effortless smile generator.
In the final Bean compound break-in, Oliver's camera evokes first-player game play: a modern confrontation with the vicarious 'game' of stealing and violence finds the 'Real' behind the rabid Beagle that plays antagonist to the moment. The picture rises above Anderson's formalism, and the poetics of the moment, to convey a very evocative fear of something real: the unpredictable nature of the 'animal.'
You'd think making more family-friendly fare would force him to take the visual density down a notch, but if anything he ups it, which is supercool of him. My hypothetical children are watching this once a month, whether they like it or not.
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