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Genre: Comedy/Animation
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Michael Gambon, Helen McCrory, Wes Anderson, Eric Anderson, Jarvis Cocker, Willem Dafoe, Brian Cox, Adrien Brody
Director: Wes Anderson
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2009



- The Look Of Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Cast
- A Beginner's Guide To Whack-Bat


Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Thai/
Korean/Bahasa Indonesia
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 26 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment




George Clooney and Meryl Streep lend their voices to this hilarious and heartwarming animated adventure from visionary director Wes Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting nephew Kristopherson. That is until Mr. Fox slips into his sneaky, old ways and plots the greatest chicken heist the animal world has ever seen. Based on the beloved, best-selling book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), FANTASTIC MR. FOX is family fun at its finest.


When you think of stop-motion animations, the name Henry Selick comes to mind. This is the man behind the hugely successful "The Nightmare Before Christmas"and also "James And The Giant Peach" and the recent "Coraline".

Back in 2004, it was announced that Wes Anderson, the quirky, talented guy behind "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" is doing a stop-motion picture based on a Roald Dahl children book with Selick. It never sort of comes to fruition in the end as the original studio folds and Selick went on to helm "Coraline". Anderson presses on and there you have it, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" in all its glory stop-motion animation after years of production.

The basic premise of the story comes from Roald Dahl’s 1970 children book of the same name but Anderson took some creative license of his own to expand some background story of Mr. Fox, the prologue and the ending to stretch it to a full-length feature. Mr. Fox is still Mr. Fox (George Clooney) though he is now working as a columnist of sorts instead of a chicken thief to feed his family. Old habits die hard and being a wild animal, Mr. Fox is back to his chicken-hunting days with his opossum friend after 12 years of absence. Determined to catch Mr. Fox for his theft, the three farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean literally went to great lengths to get back at him and causes other animals to lose their homes and food supply as a result. And now, it’s up to Mr. Fox and his friends to rebel and survive against the farmers’ retaliation.

Despite having a children’s book setting, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is very much for the adults and Anderson’s longtime fans. The relationship between Mr and Mrs Fox (Meryl Streep) and their son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) smells a bit like a dysfunctional family, a recurring theme in many of Anderson’s previous movies. Throw in Ash’s almost perfect cousin, Kristofferson Silverfox (Eric Chase Anderson) and you have another nice subplot of a son’s craving to live up to his father’s reputation and getting a piece of his attention.

I personally love the almost flawless voicework by the cast. Clooney basically embodies the spirit of Mr. Fox, the thinking man errr..fox who remarkably lead the heist like what Danny Ocean did in "Ocean’s 11". Meryl Streep is perfect as Mrs Fox, the woman who prefers her husband to settle down like a normal family will do. Adding to the numerous other voice cameos including Owen Wilson as Coach Skip, Willem Dafoe as the sinister rat and of course Jason Schwartzman as the dejected son and Bill Murray as Badger, the ensemble voice cast adds a sense of energy never before feel in any other animations.

The landscapes, character designs which are all done in London by the way and the toe-tapping score by Alexandre Desplat contributes to all the amazing aspects of this movie. Children of course might be highly entertained by the mentioned factors and also consider the fact that the movie contains a rather action-packed ending to all the mayhem. However it’s the adult demographics that is going to go all wild over Mr. Fox’s wisecracking, the midlife crisis and marriage issues, father-and-son relationship and trademark Anderson’s sarcasms in this stop-motion animation.

Did I mention the Mr. Fox’s whistle with a clicky sound effect is addictive?


The Look Of Fantastic Mr. Fox – In this 8 minutes feature, we take a look at how Wes Anderson came up with the overall look of the movie with inspirations based upon Ronald Dahl.

The Cast – Some key cast members including Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray spoke briefly about their characters.

A Beginner's Guide To Whack-Bat – A brief but fun explanation on the rules and equipments used if you are keen in a game of Whack-Bat.


Fantastic Mr. Fox looks err…fantastic on DVD. The brownish overall look and level of details such as fur, sets deco are a beauty to behold. While this is not exactly a loud movie, it does boast a decent amount of ambient effects and a solid dynamic range across the speakers occasionally.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 22 April 2010


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