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Fantastic Mr. Fox – Movie Review

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Starring: George Clooney (voice), Meryl Streep (voice), Bill Murray (Voice) Owen Wilson (voice), Jason Schwartzman (voice), Willem Dafoe (voice)
Directed by Wes Anderson

Rated: PG
Run Time: 87 mins
Genre: Comedy/ Adventure/ Animation/ Family
4 frames out of 5

We all know those people that can charm their way into getting what they want, think quickly on their feet and things usually work out for them in the end, right? Fantastic Mr. Fox is an adaptation of the children’s book by Roald Dahl. Mr. Fox (Geroge Clooney – voice) seems to have everything in life – a great job, a great family, a home, wonderful friends… but it’s not enough for him. He constantly wants more.
When he upgrades to a larger home against the wishes of his badger legal rep (Bill Murray – voice), the itch to go back to his wiley ways is hard to ignore.

Just up the hill from his spacious new tree home, lives 3 farmers; Boggis, Bunce and Bean. They each specialize in different areas of farming and live in abundance. Mr. Fox, in a past life, specialized in stealing chickens. The constant visual reminder of his human neighbors is taunting him to do one last job. He enlists the help of his friend Kiley (Wally Wolodarsky – voice) and they set off on their venture.

When the first job goes well, Mr. Fox plans to hit the remainder of the farms which raises suspicion in Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep – voice). Mr. Fox had made a promise to her hat he would walk away from the thievery and settle down to a respectable career. Of course, that promise was broken and now has aroused the fury of the farmers.

For this being a film based on a children’s book, the story is enjoyable from an adult’s perspective. It does a great job of keeping things balanced where the children will be enchanted by the animals and the adults will be rolling with laughter. If you are a fan of movies such as Chicken Run or Wallace & Gromit films, you will love Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Things to watch for: Really cleaver dialogue and ways of using profanity, yet not. Excellent stop animation. The ensemble cast – try to figure out whose voice belongs to which character.

Who should see this movie: Kids of all ages, Families, fans of the book.

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: I would say for a family film this would be a good choice to see in the theaters and add to your home entertainment library.


November 29, 2009 - Posted by | entertainment news, film reviews, movie critic review, Movie Review, movies, new in theaters, now playing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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