Rating Explanation: for action, smoking and slang humor.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: This highly original, brilliantly animated film is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes that will appeal to all ages.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes extras: From Script to screen; Still Life (Puppet animation); A beginner's guide to whack-bat
Featuring the voices of:
George Clooney ... Mr. Fox
Meryl Streep ... Mrs. Fox
Jason Schwartzman ... Ash
Bill Murray ... Badger
Wally Wolodarsky ... Kylie
Eric Anderson ... Kristofferson
Michael Gambon ... Bean
Willem Dafoe ... Rat
Owen Wilson ... Coach Skip
Wes Anderson ... Weasel
Fantastic Mr. Fox
In this highly original animated version of the Roald Dahlbest selling children's book, Mr Fox (voiced by George Clooney) has a pretty
fantastic life as a newspaper columnist living in his underground den with his wife
(Meryl Streep), theircomic book-obsessed son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting nephew
Kristofferson (Eric Anderson). After Fox convinces his wife to move
aboveground to a tree, he becomes tempted to go back to his
bird-stealing ways. And with his possum pal Kylie (Wally Wolodarsky), he goes on a spree that enrages the local farmers,led by the furious Bean
(Michael Gambon), who vows revenge. But this puts the entire animal population in danger.Now Mr Foxmust use all of his wits to save his family and friends from certain doom.
By focussing on the offbeat family and
extended animal community, director Wes Anderson ("The Royal Tennenbaum's") shifts the story into his usual
exploration of internal angst and interpersonal relationships told with wit and energy, some
hysterical dialog, terrific characters and absolutely gorgeous
animation. And he employs the
old-style stop-motion animation technique that is deliberately jerky and goofy which brilliantly brings these charming
characters to life.
The point of the story is the idea that a fox
can't really be happy without a chicken in his teeth. Obviously, this
idea resonates on a deeper level, but the film's really just a brilliantly animated
lightweight comedy. And if its message might be a little
simplistic, at least Fantastic Mr. Foxdemonstrates astounding visual innovation. And
it's a thoroughly engaging way to spend an hour an a half with your family and friends.