Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Review

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Review
| Nov 25, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a touching and alluring stop-motion animated adventure from the ingenious director Wes Anderson. The film has been nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 82nd Academy Awards. It is noteworthy to mention that this film lost only to a remarkably touching Pixar production, Up.

The story begins with Mr. and Mrs. Fox trapped and caged after attempting to steal turkeys from a local farm. At this point, Mr. Fox was asked by his wife to put his wild-ways of stealing turkeys and spontaneous adventures in the past as she announces he will soon be a father. Two years pass and we see the Fox family surviving a happy life living underground. But Mr. Fox wants more out of life and sets his heart on purchasing a tree home. His rebellious nature drives him to attempt “just one more raid” aiming at the three most unpleasant, loathsome farmers in the business: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean.

Academy Award winners George Clooney and Meryl Streep are partnered up to bring a sense of dignify to the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Fox. Jason Schwartzman voices their son, Ash, while Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Willem Dafoe bring the other furry characters to life.

Based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, Anderson derived a work of art with this film. Fantastic Mr. Fox demonstrates a joyous marvel created by the overall undertaking from the animation team working on this film.

This month, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases Fantastic Mr. Fox on standard DVD and Blu-ray. It’s worth watching this film on Blu-ray technology as the animation benefits from high-definition. Details such as Anderson’s deliberate attempt at squandering advances in stop-motion technology allow the character’s fur to “boil,” stylized from the early depiction of Godzilla in film.

The release includes a case filled with a three-disk combo includes a Blu-ray, standard DVD and a digital copy of the movie. The DVD is packed with instructions on how to watch your DVD anywhere and contains hours of behind-the-scenes bonus features such as “From Script to Screen” and “Still Life Puppet Animation”.

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Wes Anderson
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
Running Time:
87 min
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