Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★

Wes Anderson’s acclaimed and Oscar-nominated witty stop-motion animated version of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic. With the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson and Jarvis Cocker.

After just over a decade of rural ecstasy, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) breaks a capacity to his wife (Meryl Streep) and attacks the ranches of their human fellow citizen, Boggis (Robin Hurlstone), Bunce (Hugo Guinness) and Bean (Michael Gambon).

Giving in to his animal characters jeopardises not only his nuptial but also the lives of his family and their animal pals.

When the farmers leave Mr. Fox and company with no choice but to go underground as far as possible, he is forced to rely on to his ordinary slyness to go up above the antagonism.

George Clooney gives a very good voice performance in his role as Mr. Fox, the fox who breaks the promise he made to his wife and then find himself involved in a big battle with the human farmers.

Clooney suits his role well along with his very decent performance in Up in the Air, which got him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, Clooney would have a cinematic year to remember.

Elsewhere, there are decent voice performances to be had from Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson and Jarvis Cocker in their respective roles as Felicity Fox, Coach Skip and Petey, while Jason Schwarzman, Bill Murray and Willem Dafoe are all fine in their respective roles as Ash Fox, Clive Badger and Rat.

Robin Hurlstone, Hugo Guinness and Michael Gambon are all respectable as Boggis, Bunce and Bean, the three human farmers who try to kill Mr. Fox and they never give up.

The direction from Anderson is very good because he allows the facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect throughout, while also keeping a mostly pleasant atmosphere happening as well and the script is written to a decent standard by the director and Noah Baumbach as they make the movie easy to follow.

The camera and music stand out best in terms of the technical aspects, because the camera makes very good use of the locations and also captures the tense and dramatic moments well, which get the edge-of-the-seat status; the music is very enjoyable to listen to.

In terms of major awards, the movie got Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Animated Feature, while Alexandre Desplat got Oscar and BAFTA nominations for Best Original Score and all of these were deserved.

Overall, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a very decent adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, due to the performances from the strong voice cast, along with the direction, script, some tension, some humour and music.

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