Ex chicken thief Mr. Fox settles down with his family in a beautiful tree, that happens to be directly opposite three enormous poultry farms with vicious owners. Mr. Fox simply cannot help himself. An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel through meticulous stop-motion animation.
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Like all Anderson's work, it's a bit too preoccupied with homage & pastiche to develop a life outside of its own catalog of cinematic influences; too arch & ironical in its delivery to really connect on a deeper level; the work of a "smarty-pants" rather than someone genuinely smart. However, it's a tremendous amount of fun, carried along by the strength of its varied characters & the brilliance of its craft. A joy.
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach adapted the Roald Dahl novel and gave it a very adult and unique voice in the sense that it resembles the sensibility of Anderson's regular narrative live action features. The stop motion animation is excellent as is the very apt casting. This has grown since release to be one of my favs from this director. '...Am I being flirted with by a psychotic rat?..' If I had a dime for every..
This time I have do admit: Anderson's aesthetics and general mood caught me for real. I always thought to myself - why the hell this director has everything I like and I've never given 5 stars to his fims? Well, now is the moment to do so. Mr. Fox and his folks are so incredibly cute it's hard not to fall in love with them immediately. Besides that, there's the cinematography. Why so beautiful?
Fantastic Mr. Fox is perhaps the auteur's most fully-realized vision. It seems as though his fondness for nostalgia and quirky playhouse imagination was made for animation. I found the storyline charming and funny, and the idiosyncratic details we've come to expect from Mr. Anderson are on full display.
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.
If animation is the most pure form of moviemaking down to the slightest detail, then Wes Anderson proves it by creating an overly familiar fantasia that fits right into the boxed-in world building of his previous creations. The shoebox diorama style mixed with all-too-familiar voicework makes this a warm, happy homeland to Anderson fans and other 20-something hipsters refusing to let go of their inner child.