Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox

Wes Anderson (2009)

83min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Quirky comedy director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums) channels the darkly comic genius of Roald Dahl for this animated version of one of the author's best-loved children's stories. In his first full-length animation, Anderson opts for an unorthodox retro style that has old-fashioned stop-motion effects taking the place of modern CGI and lovingly echoes Dahl's own home in the small detail (including the armchair in his writing hut). Although rather too American for a character living in the British countryside, George Clooney does a stand-up job as the voice of Mr Fox, who promises his wife that he'll mend his wily chicken-thieving ways, only for temptation to get the better of him. There's sterling voice work from Michael Gambon as one of Mr Fox's farmer adversaries, and Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson provide strong support. Sadly, the female characters (especially Meryl Streep's Mrs Fox) are given little to do but, that aside, this is an idiosyncratically endearing take on the tale.

Summary

A rebellious fox decides it is time to grow up and change his chicken-stealing ways for the sake of his wife and children. However, the presence of three wicked farmers near his woodland home proves a challenge he cannot resist. Stop-motion animated adventure based on the novel by Roald Dahl, with the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.

Cast & Crew

Mr Fox George Clooney
Mrs Felicity Fox Meryl Streep
Ash Jason Schwartzman
Badger Bill Murray
Kylie Wally Wolodarsky
Kristofferson Eric Chase Anderson
Franklin Bean Michael Gambon
Rat Willem Dafoe
Coach Skip Owen Wilson
Petey Jarvis Cocker
Weasel Wes Anderson
Action 12 reporter Brian Cox (1)
Field mouse Adrien Brody
Mrs Bean Helen McCrory
Director Wes Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Oct 2009
Comedy Drama Children's