musicmoviesme’s review published on Letterboxd:
As the title suggests, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is, admirably, pretty fantastic.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a confirmation that animated films with CGI characters and backdrops or with 3-D technology are not the only representatives of art in the field of animation.
Rather, this unconventional comedy of gorgeous animation was done with clay-animation (“clay-mation”), which is traditionally a laborious and challenging process. In my opinion, it is one that separates it distinctively from other animation because of its truly unique look and appeal.
Furthermore, it’s also a testament proving that there's brilliant craftsmanship in animation being done by studios besides just Disney and Pixar.
Additionally, this movie disproves Wes Anderson’s critics that he’s a one-trick horse or single-skilled type filmmaker.
I find Mr. Fantastic Fox’s dialogue funny with – apropos for a fox -- sly and cunning lines. Let me caution though it's not really for the very young ones. Some humor and thematic messages may very well go over their heads, and it has some upsetting imagery and animated violence.
In a nutshell, this movie is about an anthropomorphic poultry thief who's gone “justifiable” due to his own wild nature, despite living on the other hand like an upstanding, respected, domesticated fox who’s raising a family. He’s back to his old naughty thieving ways much to the dismay of his wife, who has caught him in some lies, and the repercussions of his actions adversely affect many other (also anthropomorphic) animals in a domino effect.
The wonderful cinematography by itself makes the film rewarding. Anderson's piquant yet clever adaptation also tackles life experiences in general from the annoyance and discontentment of daily life survival to familial duties.
The music is an eclectic blend of influences from various song artists and genres including the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Burl Ives, and the Bobby Fuller Four, as well as a beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat, who used guitars fiddles and banjos to create a youthful atmosphere of pleasure and amusement.
What’s reflected in Anderson's film is not just the tedious product of animated clay-mation, but also the pleasure of seeing the art on the screen, and the joy drawn from it for maximum appeal benefit. Cap all of those positive attributes with top-notch, engaging, evocative, emotive, and funny script writing, and the voices of the characters delivered by a host of seasoned big-name actors including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, etc.
Just like Mr. Fox, Mr. Wes Anderson has plowed himself out from underneath the ground by going deeper into it.
Hope you all have a "safe" and Fantastic 4th of July!