The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales uses its simple, classic animation style to tell a series of equally undemanding - yet utterly beguiling - stories the whole family can enjoy.

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From the creators of the Academy Award (R)- nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits destined to become a classic. The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again! Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner's own acclaimed graphic novel into a delirious, delightful triptych of interlocking stories, with a pacing and visual spontaneity that harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts and slapstick two-reelers. But underneath the gags (and there are plenty of them), the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family, and the anxieities of modern life.

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Critic Reviews for The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

In divisive times, Pig and his friends, who consist of maybe a dozen drawn lines apiece, provide much-needed laughter in the tradition of the great Warner Bros. cartoons.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The fusion of the performers' droll delivery, the spare yet expressive character designs and well-observed movement creates a real warmth and wit.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Renner and Imbert spend more time dishing out jokes than they do weaving the kind of meaningful narrative that made Ernest & Celestine so special, yet while Fox is more of a slaphappy romp than a morality play, there's still a method to the madness.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

A beautifully drawn delight with a funny, sparring cast; though some stories appeal more than others. I did question the film's "dangerous behaviours" warning until baby Pauline was sucked out of a plane and my 6 year old piped up "I want to try that!"

Feb 12, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

When we are constantly bombarded by hyperrealistic CGI animation these days, it is so refreshing to see 2D hand-drawn sketchy animation that feels more like a children's story than something trying to imitate real life.

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film definitely plays with the fairytale genre conventions (which won't subvert), and offers a much needed antidote to the hyper-programmed visual and narrative tricks of more mainstream contemporary animation.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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