Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★½

So the first time (two days ago) I didn't really know what to think.

But I didn't some work for The Podcast episode (coming soon next week) and I really started to like it.

So I re-watched it today just for fun and it is just about perfect.

Voice acting, stop motion, design, style, writing, humor, and cinematography are all fantastic! They combine for the wackiest little adventure this side of the river. I kept laughing and loving everything I was seeing.

But it isn't just wack(bat). There is some real heart in there. Jason Schwartzman said it best in one of the Blu Ray extras "everyone is fantastic. We just have to realize that you are." Both Mr. Fox and Ash go on a journey of discovery and acceptance. Accepting what the are, what there aren't, and all the things that make that up. Not 100% wild animal, nor 100% "not poor"/domestic. Not 100% nature athlete, not 100% "different". Somewhere in-between and that is fantastic.

There is just one moment that takes it down 1/2 a star. It's so sad too, because it is during one of the most beautiful animated shots of all time. Mrs. Fox saying she shouldn't have married Mr. Fox makes no sense and is totally unnecessary for the progression of the theme and Mr. Fox. It doesn't fit and I don't like it.

Other than that, Fantastic Mr. Fox really is that fantastic.

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