A particular book store is holding their half off Criterion Collection sale so I decided to splurge and pick up a few films I have been wanting to see. After our last podcast on movie heists I was reminded of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Thanks, Jon! I give Fantastic Mr. Fox the rating: Must See Film.
The movie opens with Mr. and Mrs. Fox getting caught stealing chickens. Mrs. Fox confesses that she is pregnant and makes Mr. Fox promise he will find a new, less dangerous line of work if they somehow make it out of their current situation alive. Fast forward a couple of years, Mr. Fox has a mundane position writing a column for the local newspaper. He can no longer deny his wild nature and decides to start stealing again in secret. He makes the local farmers angry and has to protect his family and friends.
This film is directed by Wes Anderson and based off of the book by Roald Dahl. It has an all-star voice over cast featuring George Clooney as Mr. Fox and Meryl Streep as Mrs. Fox. Both actors make their characters absolutely charming! Frequent Anderson film fixtures Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Willem DaFoe, and Adrien Brody are also here.
The attention to detail pulls you in!
One of my favorite things about this movie is what it has to offer visually. There is such attention to detail that it isn’t hard to keep your eyes glued to the screen. It features stop motion animation and heavily relies on the use of puppets. The fur on the puppets is constantly rustling so it creates interesting movement and texture. I also took notice of cotton being used to illustrate smoke. Most of the Wes Anderson films I have seen use pastel or jewel-toned palettes so I liked the departure from that with his use of warm, autumnal colors here.
The story is fun and you can’t help but root for Mr. Fox and his gang! My husband and I both laughed quite a bit. I loved that the word “cuss” was used (seamlessly!) in place of actual cuss words. Bonus points also for a great soundtrack. The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones especially caught my attention.
If you’re looking for a film you can enjoy with your whole family, The Fantastic Mr. Fox will easily fit the bill!