Genre: Animation, adventure, comedy
Director/s: Wes Anderson
Writer/s: Roald Dahl (novel), Wes Anderson (screenplay)
Running Time: 87 mins
Budget: $40 million
Released: 25 November 2009
Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family – imdb
As a kid, I probably read every Roald Dahl book ever written and Fantastic Mr. Fox was always one of my favourites so naturally I was both excited and weary of a film adaptation. Thankfully, the film is best described as being quite fantastic (pun intended).
Well firstly, I was very surprised that the film was animated using stop-motion as opposed to the widely used CGI techniques preferred by today’s filmmakers. I believe the last stop-motion film (well at least most of it) was Coraline, which was brilliant so it’s kind of a shame that fewer and fewer filmmakers are employing this animation style. The stop-motion animation compliments the film brilliantly and gives it a somewhat nostalgic undertone specially since it’s based on a beloved children’s book released way back in 1970.
While punted as a family film, I think Fantastic Mr. Fox will be appreciated more by an adult audience as there is a lot of dry, albeit pretentious, humour at every turn. The film is genuinely funny and even though Anderson has taken many liberties with it in that he has deviated from the novel somewhat (or perhaps ‘updated’ is more apt), the exploits of Mr. Fox and his family are a joy to watch and I think Walt Disney ‘Entertainment’ could learn a thing or two about storytelling.
…While punted as a family film, I think Fantastic Mr. Fox will be appreciated more by an adult audience as there is a lot of dry, albeit pretentious, humour at every turn…
This is one of the most entertaining ‘kid’s films’ I’ve seen in a long time and if you appreciate the rarity of stop-motion animation, I suggest you look past the ‘family friendly’ exterior of this film and give Fantastic Mr. Fox a shot, it’s filled with enough humour and imagination to keep most adults entertained and kids will undoubtedly like it too.