In the tradition of "Coraline" and "A Nightmare Before Christmas", "Fantastic Mr. Fox" takes the age-old Rankin-Bass style stop-motion animation techniques and creates a truly magical and original movie viewing experience. George Clooney voices the titular Fox, who kicks off the story by swearing to his ever-patient and suddenly-with-cub wife Felicity (Meryl Streep) that he's done with the risky life of barn-raiding. True to his word, when Fox becomes a father he starts a new career as a animal newspaper columnist, purchases some real estate, and endeavors to fly straight. Unfortunately the call of the wild is a strong one, and when he hears about a triumvirate of nearby wealthy farmers, he enlists the help of Kylie Sven Opossum (Wallace Wolodarsky) and his capable young nephew Kristofferson (Eric Chase Anderson) to raid their wares. The victimized farmers, however, aren't willing to let this violation slide and soon they declare war on Fox and the entire surrounding countryside. This movie is pure, unadulterated fun and I can't wait to see it again. The character designs are brilliant and infused with tremendous personality and unique mannerisms. This fuses nicely with the voice talent. Jason Schwartzman is particularly good as Fox's petulant son Ash, Bill Murray is delightful as legal council Clive Badger and Michael "Dumbledore" Gambon seems to be having a blast as crazed farmer Franklin Bean. The characters come to life in one beautiful miniature set after another and there is so much throw-away detail to take in that the film begs to be seen again. Technically the film is filled with such creative verve that it's almost hypnotic. The unorthodox animation, great line readings and Wes Anderson's quirky eye all add up to one of the funniest movies I've seen in recent memory, animation or otherwise. In a lesser director's hands, this could have been a frivolous and disposable kiddie flick, but since Anderson is at the helm, it transcends expectations becomes entertaining for viewers of all ages. Anderson effectively applies some of his best techniques from past efforts (like the criminally under-rated "Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou") and his brilliant use of music, clever chapter titles and a near-obsessive fascination with cut-away views make for a unique comedy confection. This film stands alone in a pantheon all it's own. I can't wait to revisit it again and I urge anyone reading this to check it out. Tilt: up.