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 (24) | Top Critics (2)

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…

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…

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…

There's nothing too taxing or too involving here, just a very modest set of slightly farcical plots involving some not terribly bright farm animals, and it's all good-natured fun.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A trilogy of stories presented as the performance of an animals-only theatre troupe, the film displays occasional charm but meanders more often than not.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

There's no pretence here, these are purely narratives for children delivered in a way which will appeal to everyone.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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