Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Genre: Animation
Photography: Color
Running Time: 88 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 13th, 2009
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson
Noah Baumbach
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 stop-motion comedy film directed, and produced by Wes Anderson.


After Mr. and Mrs. Fox have spent 12 years of living in the countryside, Mr. Fox decides to break the promise he made to his wife; to never steal from the farmers again. However, doing this will result in endangering his marriage, his family, and his friends.

Why it Rocks

  1. Excellent stop-motion animation, especially for 2009 standards and for Wes Anderson's first stop-motion film.
  2. The movie uses header titles that emulate chapters in a story book in a nice manner.
  3. It manages to be smart and mature, even with just a PG rating.
  4. While it's not completely faithful to the original book, it still has many of the same elements as the book had, as well as a nice nostalgic tone.
  5. Good character designs, which fit the stop-motion style very well.
  6. Excellent voice acting, with George Clooney standing out as Mr. Fox.
  7. Beautiful setting, which was even based on the place where Roald Dahl lived.
  8. Clever adult humor.
  9. The running gag where swear words are replaced with the word "cuss" (such as "what the cuss", "cluster-cuss", "you scared the cuss out of me", etc.) is pretty funny.
  10. The characters are rather likable.
  11. As a tribute to Roald Dahl, the character of (Franklin) Bean resembles Dahl himself.

Bad Qualities

  1. Ash's jealousy towards his cousin sometimes makes him unlikeable
  2. Overuse of close-up shots on the characters faces.


Despite the critical acclaim, the film performed poorly at the box office, due to mediocre marketing, and the fact that it was overshadowed by other films, such as The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, both of which were released within the final months of 2009.

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