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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 225
Fresh: 208 | Rotten: 17

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.

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 1

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.

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A wily fox uses his formidable cunning to outsmart three feeble-minded farmers, who resort to extreme tactics to protect their chickens in director Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl children's book. For 12 years, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep) have lived a peaceful life in the wilderness with their son, Ash (voice of Jason Schwartzman). Shortly after their young nephew Kristofferson (voice of Eric Anderson) arrives for a visit, Mr. Fox's

Mar 23, 2010

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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.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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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.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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A boisterous and magnificent treat.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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The same eye for immaculate compositions that had seemed increasingly to hem in his human actors here serves as the basis for some of the most inventive animated set pieces this side of Nick Park.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Adds yet another wry, carefully composed bibelot to the cabinet of curios that defines the Anderson oeuvre.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The result is not only marvellous whimsy, but also something that advances the burgeoning retro-tech movement.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

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

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
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.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

It's the perfect animation format for Wes Anderson and makes permeable Anderson's frequently airtight outlook.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Though Anderson's trademark deadpan banter and clever silliness are in full force, the script is no less sophisticated than anything out of the filmmaker's catalogue.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This slender story is told with droll wit, clever staging and doll house charm thanks to Fox's use of old-fashioned, stop-motion animation.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Adorned with all the adolescent fetishes of his previous films, its stop-action animation world suits Anderson, allowing him to create the perfect playground for his deadpan sense of humor and relentless examination of familial anxiety.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The resulting aural authenticity makes for a nice contrast with the look of the actual figurines, which aren't realistic but have been beautifully crafted and posed throughout the picture.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

With its lush autumnal palette and hijinks worthy of Max Fisher or Dignan, the result is a film that only Wes Anderson could have made.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It's an action movie of sorts. The story is fired by Tarantino-like bursts of comic action and a brisk, off-kilter wit.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Maclean's Magazine
Maclean's Magazine

There are legions who will be as tickled by this movie as Wes Anderson himself, who must be in awe of how close this meticulously constructed fantasy comes to the original vision in his head.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Stop Smiling
Stop Smiling

That melancholy tug of Anderson's work is still present here, but Fantastic Mr. Fox may be his most purely pleasurable film to date, evoking the Dahl books and Rankin-Bass productions that so transported him as a kid.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

t's entertaining and tolerable in a way that I fear isn't ultimately good for Anderson, but works here.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Anderson wants to turn his fox family into another version of the dysfunctional families that regularly pop up in his work. And this is where his adaptation really rubs against the grain of the original.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Adults will really appreciate oddball whole that Anderson serves up here.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's also a fairly entertaining children's story. But for kids? Let's say it's a film for Wes Anderson.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Ocean's 11 as it might look played out with poseable-puppet animals.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comment (1)
American Profile

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

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.
December 25, 2013
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"Fantastic" film.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 6/14
June 10, 2013
spielberg00

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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.
May 14, 2013
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    1. Mr. Fox: Redemption? Sure. But in the end, he's just another dead rat in a garbage pail behind a Chinese restaurant.
    – Submitted by Tariq K (7 months ago)
    1. Rat: That's my job!
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Ash: I weight less than a slice of bread.
    – Submitted by Putri D (18 months ago)
    1. Franklin Bean: You wrote a bad song, Petey!
    – Submitted by Angela R (19 months ago)
    1. Franklin Bean: You wrote a bad song, Petey!
    – Submitted by Melita E (21 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Fox: Ash! Let's get cracking!
    2. Ash: I'm sick.
    3. Mrs. Fox: Your not sick.
    4. Ash: I have a temperature.
    5. Mrs. Fox: You don't have a temperature.
    6. Ash: I don't wanna go.
    7. Mrs. Fox: Hurry up, your gonna be late. [Ash walks to get ready]
    – Submitted by ethan t (22 months ago)
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