Fantastic Mr. Fox

2009, Adventure/Comedy, 1h 28m

245 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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After 12 years of bucolic bliss, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) breaks a promise to his wife (Meryl Streep) and raids the farms of their human neighbors, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Giving in to his animal instincts endangers not only his marriage but also the lives of his family and their animal friends. When the farmers force Mr. Fox and company deep underground, he has to resort to his natural craftiness to rise above the opposition.

Cast & Crew

George Clooney
Mr. Fox
Voice
Meryl Streep
Mrs. Fox
Voice
Bill Murray
Badger
Voice
Eric Chase Anderson
Kristofferson
Voice
Michael Gambon
Franklin Bean
Voice
Owen Wilson
Coach Skip
Voice
Jarvis Cocker
Petey
Voice
Wes Anderson
Weasel
Voice
Karen Duffy
Linda Otter
Voice
Robin Hurlstone
Walter Boggis
Voice
Hugo Guinness
Nathan Bunce
Voice
Helen McCrory
Mrs. Bean
Voice
Roman Coppola
Squirrel Contractor
Voice
Juman Malouf
Agnes
Voice
Jeremy Dawson
Beaver's Son
Voice
Garth Jennings
Bean's Son
Voice
Wes Anderson
Screenwriter
Noah Baumbach
Screenwriter
Steven Rales
Executive Producer
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer
Mark Gustafson
Animation Director
Tristan Oliver
Cinematographer
Nelson Lowry
Production Design
Alexandre Desplat
Original Music
Andrew Weisblum
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

All Critics (245) | Top Critics (72) | Fresh (227) | Rotten (18)

  • The animation is beautiful, the attention to detail is a thing of wonder... but the story is a mess, the script is banal and, as visually stunning as it all is, it just doesn't seem to have any kind of soul.

    August 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' may be the purest distillation of Anderson's specific, inimitable style.

    June 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…
  • The animation is beautiful, the attention to detail is a thing of wonder... but the story is a mess, the script is banal and, as visually stunning as it all is, it just doesn't seem to have any kind of soul.

    August 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' may be the purest distillation of Anderson's specific, inimitable style.

    June 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • Bemusing or beguiling, depending on your previous exposure to Wes Anderson, however there is no doubting that this is a bravura piece of film-making and, well, truly fantastic entertainment for the whole family.

    July 16, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's clear that Wes' beautiful brain goes in fresh directions when it comes to animation versus live action.

    April 28, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • Apr 16, 2016
    It's a fun film to watch with unrealistic adventures that only animations and cartoons can get away with. It's funny, dramatic and memorable. There couldn't have been a more fantastic portrayal of Mr. Fox than George Clooney, and the rest of the cast isn't bad either. Definitely one of the best if not the best stop motion animated movie. I feel like the strange humor that the fantastic Mr. Fox gives to the audience isn't the most family friendly but that makes it all more better for adults to understand and relate too. The films awkward pauses usually makes for funny scenes but after a while I got bored and it started to become annoying and lazy. Also the cuss scenes where funny for a while but because it constantly uses that same joke over and over again, the movie starts becoming annoying and it wears off.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    Meticulously crafted and wonderfully witty, Fantastic Mr. Fox is both a smart caper for adults and a delightful treat for children - with animation that has yet to be topped within the world of stop motion.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2013
    Wasn't that keen on watching it but I caught it on TV over Christmas and got really into it, The choice of filming was different but it works, It's pretty funny and very well done and with a great voice cast it's worth watching.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2012
    Well it's no Charlie and Chocolate Factory or Matilda but it's still decent. I'd say it's closer in feel to James and the Giant Peach. It was a pleasant enough movie with interesting animation but the storyline wasn't all that appealing to me. Also, the majority of the humor was a little dry for my taste but it was still quirky fun.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer

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