Fantastic Mr. Fox
dir. by Wes Anderson
Genre: animation, failure, Juv/YA
Script: Jody Hill, Noah Baumbach, Wes Anderson
Cast: Anna Faris, Bill Murray, Eric Anderson, George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman, Jesse Plemons, Meryl Streep, Michael Peña, Wally Wolodarsky
based on book by Roald Dahl
If you haven’t seen this film then quick, go now. It isn’t that I’m going to spoil it on you, it is simply that its brilliant. You’ll love it And if you don’t then there is something wrong with you! I don’t really know how to describe how great this film is. It is magic. It really is.
Unfortunately I missed the very start as I was one of those terrible annoying people who come in late to the cinema So I missed the opening few seconds, but I was there in time to see Mr. & Mrs. Fox stealing squabs and getting caught. And Mrs. Fox realises that this cannot go on, not with a baby on the way, so she asks Mr. Fox to promise that he’ll give up this life of crime. And he does. But Mr. Fox is a “wild animal”. He can’t help himself. Or so he says.
Or you can listen to Jarviz Cocker (aka Petey) sing a sort of a synopsis.
I’m not quite sure exactly what it is about this film that I love so much. Maybe its the look; the stop-motion animation really works well here. Or the character design. I loved the way the film-makes blended the civilised clothes-wearing animals with their, well, with their more savage animal sides. Watching them tear into breakfast certainly made me smile.
And Rat. Well, he’s just brilliant.
I haven’t read the book. At least, not that I remember, so can make no calls as to how the film compares.