Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation.


Movie Info

Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox's wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers -- Boggis, Bunce and Bean -- who … More

Rating: PG (for action, smoking and slang humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Wes Anderson , Noah Baumbach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2010
Box Office: $20.9M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Mrs. Fox

as Kristofferson

as Franklin Bean

as Coach Skip

as Linda Otter

as Walter Boggis

as Nathan Bunce

as Mrs. Bean

as Squirrel Contractor

as Bean's Son

as Action 12 Reporter

as Explosives Man

as Beaver's Son

as Dr. Badger

as Rabbit's Ex-Girlfrie...

as Rabbit Girl

as Field Mouse

as Fire Chief

as Kristofferson
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

All Critics (224) | Top Critics (45)

Visually, the movie is a wonder, with its profusion of detail and exquisitely focussed "performances" by the figurines, whom Anderson frames in images as precisely composed as those in his live-action work.

Full Review… | March 11, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Sometimes too clever by half, the film, replete with in-jokes, may in some ways work better for adults. Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwarztman also provide adept voice work.

Full Review… | March 11, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

A boisterous and magnificent treat.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

If Fantastic Mr Fox feels like Anderson's freshest film since Rushmore, that can only be due to the animation. Beneath those tactile textures, there's nothing you could strictly call fantastic.

Full Review… | March 11, 2014
New Statesman

Fantastic Mr. Fox is gorgeous and fanciful, with a glorious stop-motion animation style of its own.

Full Review… | March 11, 2014
Toledo Blade

No matter how thin the narrative clay gets in this stop-motion animated piece, there's more than enough faux fur to make you purr from plush-toy flashbacks.

Full Review… | March 11, 2014
Canada.com

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

½

Cute movie and def different after all the cgi movies to come out with something new.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

innovative and fun, wes andersons animated film is destined to become a classic. the voice acting was superb and the story was clever, anderson made great decisions on the right way to render the beloved source material to film. a wonderful film.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

As a fan of Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, and Roald Dahl, this film was almost a dream come to life that I hadn't known I had ever truly wanted. The basis is one of my favorite books from childhood, by my absolute favorite author, maybe of all time, and though it doesn't follow the book to the absolute tee, it does something even better with its source material. This may be one of the first stop motion films that is explicitly for adults with many of its jokes, and yet obviously appeals to kids not only for its beautiful look and direction, but also because the characters are animals, and crafty ones at that. The animals are very intelligent, and anytime animals outwit their human counterparts, it proves to be instantly enjoyable, more so in this film because though it's animated it is also distinctly Anderson. The dialogue by itself proves that this film is very adult, mature, and thoughtful, but I think it was the character of Ash (Schwartzman) that cemented this as an Anderson film: he's jealous, courageous, and laments his state in life though he's very young, reminiscent of Schwartzman's character in "Rushmore." Anderson also employs a great voice cast for this film, calling on some of his favorite stars, including Billy Murray, Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson. Anderson had his voice actors perform in attics, underground cellars, and outdoors to capture the feel of their voices as animals, and he gets some really outstanding performances in this way. The mere technique used in this stop motion film is predictably magnificent, and as you watch the miniature world take hundreds of frames only to show the movement of wind in the foreground, it's really rather breath taking to realize this film took two years just to shoot. The music, from Alexandre Desplat, is phenomenal and fitting for this narrative. Dahl would be very happy with his book taking to the screen this way, and probably didn't even know he wanted this dream unless he saw it.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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