November 27, 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Studio: 20th Century Fox Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor.
Based on a classic children's novel by Roald Dahl, director Wes Anderson puts his own spin on the story by providing the screenplay for "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
Featuring an all-star cast, which includes George Clooney (Mr. Fox), Meryl Streep (Mrs. Fox) and Bill Murray (Badger), the story revolves around a trio of ruthless farmers named Boggis, Bunce and Bean who are trying to get rid of their nemesis the fox once and for all.
However, before he settles down to raise his family, Mr. Fox wants to commit one more daring raid against his arch enemies. That doesn't go over well with everyone, especially his wife.
Despite her misgivings, Mr. Fox wants to carry out his plan. But the farmers strike back, first attempting to dig the animals out of their homes and then trying to starve them out. Mr. Fox and the others manage to escape, setting up a scene where he rallies his troops and begins formulating his strategy.
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" is a good movie. The voice cast fits perfectly and the dialogue is funny, sweet and sarcastic all at the same time.
As for the look, the animation is very different than what we see most of the time in these types of films. Instead of computers Anderson employs stop-motion techniques which really fit the tone and the overall feeling of the story.
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" is a winner if you're looking to spend some with your family at the theater. And I really liked Clooney's voice work here. He sounds perfect as the lovable rogue.
On my rating scale, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" earns a TRIPLE.
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