Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★★

Quickie Review
Sorry, Wes Anderson, but this is my new favorite movie of yours now. Don’t get me wrong. The Grand Budapest Hotel is still the best but this is better. Adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, Anderson enters the realm of feature animation with this lively and hilarious caper about a sly fox (George Clooney) who, after being bored with a life of domesticity, decides to return to a life of stealing food in order to provide for his artist wife (Meryl Streep), determined but oddball son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) & visiting nephew Kristofferson (Eric Chase Anderson). He teams up with opossum minnow catcher Kylie (Wallace Wolodarsky) to plan a heist where the big score is chickens, turkeys, geese, cider, squab and the like but the farmers Boggis, Bunce & Bean have grown tired of Mr. Fox’s sticky paws and decide to relentlessly retaliate against the fantastic fox. If there was ever a movie to introduce your kids to the works of Wes Anderson, this and Isle of Dogs (which I’ll see eventually) are good places to start but since Isle of Dogs is not entirely for kids, it’s best to show them this one first. It checks off the boxes when it comes to being one of Anderson’s films: a cast of very recognizable actors (or their voices in this case), hilarious but subtle humor, whimsical music and tone, startling but brief darkly comic flashes of violence, all through the lens of solid stop-motion animation. Between Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, this may be one of the best adaptations of Dahl’s work. It’s a funny, charming, fast-paced and heartwarming animated movie that will entertain adults familiar with Anderson’s work and kids who haven’t seen his work but still want a unique animated feature to watch. Don’t be a cuss and miss the chance to check this out!

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