[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Dig the life fantastic!
The Fantastic Mr. Fox bored with his current life, plans a heist against the three local farmers. The farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with the sly fox, seek revenge against him and his family.
2009 was a great year for children’s films based on beloved books with wonderful adaptations of Where the Wild Things Are, Coraline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Wes Anderson’s fantastic interpretation of Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a film that takes the best bits of Dahl’s slight but enchanting novella and filters it through Anderson’s idiosyncratic styling to create an unlikely but magical marriage of influences. The source story may remain in tact as an urbane fox attempts to get the better of three ruthless farmers, but it is full of familiar Anderson family dysfunction and existential angst as the eponymous Mr. Fox struggles to keep his family together.
Despite the transition to stop-frame animation this…
Fantastic Mr. Anderson!
This is cute, brilliant, inventive, vibrant, sharp, sarcastic, full of colour and full of life. Why the cuss did I take so long to watch it? I do not know. But I sure had a swell time with a long, broad smile drawn on my face as that of a kid who had a bucket full of ice cream in his hands.
The dialogues are quick, cheeky and intelligent marked with the characteristic Wes Anderson style quirkiness and distinction. He has done a great job in converting the Dahl’s timeless children’s book into a stop motion animation film which is well suited and wholly enjoyable for both the kids as well as the adults. This film so…
this fox is the most Fantastic Beast of them all .. where can i Find Him
"What's the subtext here?"
Realized with this re-watch (right on the heels of the Tenenbaums re-watch for Filmspotting #589), that a key part of the Anderson aesthetic is the way his characters speak candidly, without any subtext at all. We refer to the style as "deadpan" but it occurs to me that the performances are just as stripped down as the language itself. There's little for the actors to play because the characters are almost always speaking their minds. This comes off as comic and absurd, but it's also honest, which keeps the films moored in a physical and emotional reality. Ash isn't physically gifted; he's ornery and resentful. He's also "different" because he's the single character who DOES speak…
I don't like Wes Anderson movies.
This is a delight.
*mutters something about the exception proving the rule*
Wes Anderson's stop-motion take on Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is an artisanal treat. The film is a hand-made paean to the whimsy of Dahl, rendered by an artist whose own sense of whimsy is writ large on every one of his works. It is a fitting, gleefully visualized, and craftily executed combination of two talents.
The story, originated by Dahl and embellished by Anderson and Noah Baumbach, revolves around a fox family and its misadventures with local farmers. Mr. Fox, the pater familias, has a crisis of vulpine conscience, leading to his need to give up his life as a newspaper man and return to a life of chicken thievery. "Be who you are meant to be," scream the…
never was a fan of talking animals, animated or not, but damn!! am i a slut for comedic films that get serious and emotional (yes I AM)
Thanksgiving Marathon (4)
Wes Anderson's first stop-motion picture and he NAILS IT!
I've only just seen it recently but now I'm wondering why I haven't bothered seeing it before since it's such a cute typical Wes Anderson movie.
From the fast pace narration and witty dead-pan humour and amazing soundtrack, it's the kind of film you'll definitely enjoy. Especially if you have been keeping track of Wes' filmography through the years.
I heard his latest film in the works is another stop-motion picture. Last time I checked, it's still untitled but I can't wait for it!
Wes mun. What you playin at.
It's very much 'Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox', Roald Dahl's novel pretty much disappears in favour of some trademark Wes Wimsy. Not that I'm complaining, I'm a sucker for Wes Wimsey, especially when accompanied in the script by that Baumbach raw, almost anti-social wit that compliments it so well.
You know, if I had a nickel for every time someone said "Fantastic Mr Fox is fantastic" I'd likely be a millionaire.
It's a pretty good word to describe it though.
If The Royal Tenenbaums hadn't already claimed the title of Wes Anderson's masterpiece, Fantastic Mr Fox would surely claim that title based on his films thus far.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Plot: Mr Fox promised his wife he wouldn't steal birds, but broke his promise after the son was born. He steals chickens and cider, which gets the owners really mad and want to catch him.
Mr. Fox gets everybody in trouble
Tells son (Ash) he can't do it and is not an athlete. Son feels overshadowed by cousin Krisoffson) who is a natural at everything ("I'm just *motion* different")
But they all make it out
Cute story, had to get used to quirky animation but that made it part of the charm
Clever and great voice preformances. The animation adds to the fun. Good for a rainy Sunday.
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