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.

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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 are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost.
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PG (for action, smoking and slang humor)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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$21,000,000.00
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Cast

Garth Jennings
as Bean's Son
Owen Wilson
as Coach Skip
Bill Murray
as Badger
Brian Cox
as Action 12 Reporter
Allison Abbate
as Rabbit's Ex-Girlfriend
Wes Anderson
as Weasel
George Clooney
as Mr. Fox
Meryl Streep
as Mrs. Fox
Adrien Brody
as Field Mouse
Karen Duffy
as Linda Otter
Michael Gambon
as Franklin Bean
Roman Coppola
as Squirrel Contractor
Eric Anderson
as Kristofferson
Helen McCrory
as Mrs. Bean
Molly Cooper
as Rabbit Girl
Tristan Oliver
as Explosives Man
Mario Batali
as Rabbit
Jeremy Dawson
as Beaver's Son
Hugo Guinness
as Nathan Bunce
Jennifer Furches
as Dr. Badger
Robin Hurlstone
as Walter Boggis
Martin Ballard
as Fire Chief
Eric Chase Anderson
as Kristofferson
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

All Critics (225) | Top Critics (46)

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 5, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 25, 2009
The New Republic
Top Critic

Adds yet another wry, carefully composed bibelot to the cabinet of curios that defines the Anderson oeuvre.

Full Review… | November 25, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

The result is not only marvellous whimsy, but also something that advances the burgeoning retro-tech movement.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

A visually stunning animation that dazzles us at every second especially as we see the amazing attention that it pays to the smallest details, and the result is a delightful fun for all ages with a clever, witty plot, great voicing and Wes Anderson's trademark sense of humor.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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.

danny d
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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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