Who will like it: Roald Dahl fans. People that like stop motion. People who like talking animals. Wes Anderson fans. Cider drinkers.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 stop-motion animated film by Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel guy) loosely based on the Roald Dahl book. The film stars George Clooney as the titular character, an co-stars Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon…you get the point.
I love this film.
I’m not kidding. This is actually one of my favorite films of all time. I used to keep it downloaded on my phone for easy viewing.
The film follows Mr. Fox and his family, as well as a whole cast of animal characters. Mr. Fox steals foodstuffs from Boggis, Bunce and Bean: three terrible farmers that are completely insane. Bean is particularly nuts. He lives on nothing but hard apple cider and is completely insane. It’s beautiful. The film is a bit deep, covering the ideas of lost youth and what happens when your actions ripple outwards, but it’s done well.
If you’ve seen a Wes Anderson film, then you know what to expect. The sets are compulsive, the framing is flawless, and everything looks awesome. It was all done in stop-motion, which makes it even more insane.
The music is a lot of random 60s-esque music that just adds to the beauty of the film. The humor is also good: a bit dry, but incredibly funny.
This is the kind of artsy film that you can show your kids without being a horrible person. They’ll like it, you’ll like it, and everyone will be happy.