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Fantastic Mr. Fox (Original Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

Burl Ives, Art Tatum, The Rolling Stones, Georges Delerue, Alexandre Desplat, Jarvis CockerAudio CD
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listen  1. American Empirical PicturesAlexandre Desplat0:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Ballad of Davy CrockettThe Wellingtons 1:40Album Only
listen  3. Mr. Fox in the FieldsAlexandre Desplat 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Heroes and VillainsThe Beach Boys 3:37Album Only
listen  5. Fooba Wooba JohnBurl Ives 1:07Album Only
listen  6. Boggis, Bunce and BeanAlexandre Desplat0:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jimmy Squirrel and Co.Alexandre Desplat0:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. LoveNancy Adams 1:49Album Only
listen  9. Buckeye JimBurl Ives 1:19Album Only
listen10. High-Speed French TrainAlexandre Desplat 1:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Whack-Bat MajoretteAlexandre Desplat 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Grey GooseBurl Ives 2:48Album Only
listen13. Bean's Secret Cider CellarAlexandre Desplat 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Une Petite IleGeorges Delerue 1:34Album Only
listen15. Street Fighting ManThe Rolling Stones 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Fantastic Mr. Fox AKA Petey's SongJarvis Cocker 1:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Night and DayArt Tatum 1:27Album Only
listen18. Kristofferson's ThemeAlexandre Desplat 1:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail (Behind a Chinese Restaurant)Alexandre Desplat 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Le Grand ChoralGeorges Delerue 2:23Album Only
listen21. Great Harrowsford SquareAlexandre Desplat 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Stunt Expo 2004Alexandre Desplat 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Canis LupusAlexandre Desplat 1:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Ol' Man RiverThe Beach Boys 1:18Album Only
listen25. Let Her DanceBobby Fuller Four 2:35Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: ABKCO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 1/2 STARS
Director Wes Anderson's whimsical style is just as present musically as it is visually, and "Fox" is one of his finest showcases on both fronts. Anchored by tender but sprightly sketches from Alexandre Desplat, the soundtrack veers into familiar but still fruitful territory with a version of "Ol' Man River" from the Beach Boys and a few charmers from Burl Ives. In this playful mix, Jarvis Cocker's twangy banjo ditty fits right in. -- Los Angeles Times, Todd Martens, December 26, 2009

Sounding Fantastic. If the trailers for Wes Anderson's stop-motion-animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's book Fantastic Mr. Fox aren't enough to suggest great stuff ahead (the film opens Nov. 20), the sound track should clinch the deal. An integral component of the writer/director's movies thus far (think John Lennon's "Oh Yoko!" in Rushmore, Nick Drake's "Fly" in The Royal Tenenbaums), the collection of songs and tunes for Fantastic Mr. Fox includes such furry numbers as "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" from the Wellingtons, two from the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man," and a handful of Burl Ives incantations - yes, Burl Ives! - guaranteed to spark a Burl revival. Throw in some Art Tatum, Jarvis Cocker, and Bobby Fuller Four, plus beautiful instrumental sketches from French composer Alexandre Desplat, and you have one of the loveliest, most eccentric sound tracks to come along since - well, since Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer, Steven Rea, October 25, 2009

Nearly all of Wes Anderson's films have had a strong sense of childlike wonder, but Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is based on Roald Dahl's charming book, is his first film specifically for children. The movie's soundtrack manages to take nearly all of Anderson's musical fascinations -- Anglophilia, Francophilia, '60s pop and rock, and music from other gentler and/or quirkier times -- and tailor them to a younger audience. Though Anderson's films and their soundtracks have been criticized for valuing style over substance, Fantastic Mr. Fox's stylization is fitting, given that the film's characters are stop-motion animal puppets. The soundtrack's songs and Alexandre Desplat's score mix delicacy and rough-and-tumble energy while reminding listeners of what children's movies and music used to be like before being cool took precedence over everything else. While there are two songs from Anderson favorites the Beach Boys, "Heroes and Villains" and "Ol' Man River," it's Burl Ives who contributes the most songs to Fantastic Mr. Fox. Ives' grandfatherly tone made him one of the most enduring and endearing voices in children's entertainment, and the tracks that appear here ("Fooba Wooba John," "Buckeye Jim," and "The Grey Goose") dig into his pastoral folk roots. Likewise, the Wellingtons' "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" conjures instant nostalgia and childhood adventure, both of which are echoed in Desplat's score. Cues like "Jimmy Squirrel and Co." and "Boggis, Bunce, and Bean" are as twinkly and precious as previous Anderson film scores, but more rural elements like banjo and Jew's harp roughen them up enough to fit in with the soundtrack's overall folky feel. Meanwhile, "Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail (Behind a Chinese Restaurant)," "Great Harrowsford Square," and "Stunt Expo 2004" have a spaghetti Western-like air of danger and intrigue that sets the stage for the somber "Canis Lupis" and Georges Delerue's noble "Le Grand Choral." Moodier moments aside, Fantastic Mr. Fox is mostly gleeful, especially on the Bobby Fuller Four's "Let Her Dance," Jarvis Cocker's "Fantastic Mr. Fox aka Petey's Song," and the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" -- this may be one of the only children's films where a song about "violent revolution" is actually appropriate. While this album is less about digging into Anderson's deep record collection than his other film's soundtracks have been, Fantastic Mr. Fox may be the most purely joyous one since Rushmore. -- All Music Guide, Heather Phares, October 30, 2009

Product Description

2009 soundtrack to Wes Anderson's first animated feature, based on the beloved Roald Dahl book. Academy Award nominee Anderson is best known for his film's Rushmore, The Royal Tenebaums and The Darjeeling Limited. Fantastic Mr. Fox. makes its Atlantic-crossing aboard a magical soundtrack featuring an unforgettable score by award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, as well as vintage Folk, Jazz, Pop and Rock tracks hand-picked by Wes Anderson and music supervisor Randall Poster. Standouts include an unreleased track by former Pulp founder and frontman, Jarvis Cocker and a classic Rolling Stones track. Also features music from The Beach Boys, Burl Ives, The Bobby Fuller Four and The Wellingtons.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully original, eclectic Desplat score November 9, 2009
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I grew up reading and loving Roald Dahl's stories; everything from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches and The Twits to The BFG, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda, his words (as well as Quentin Blake's incomparable illustrations) were an indelible part of my childhood, and remain beloved to this day. Strangely, the one Roald Dahl story I don't think I ever read was Fantastic Mr. Fox, written by Dahl in 1970 and which has now been turned into an animated feature film by directed Wes Anderson with a voice cast that includes such luminaries as George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, and Jarvis Cocker from the English rock band Pulp. The story - as is always the case with Dahl's work - is a dark morality tale dressed up as an innocent children's story. The plot concerns Mr. and Mrs. Fox, a pair of wily and cunning animals who feed their family by stealing chickens, ducks and cider from under the noses of three despicable farmers named Boggis, Bunce and Bean.

The music for Fantastic Mr. Fox is a wild amalgam of styles and influences that places songs by everyone from The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones to Burl Ives, two old Georges Delerue pieces, and a new score from French composer Alexandre Desplat, writing music for his second animated film after Le Château des Singes in 1999. In many ways, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect response to those who criticize Desplat for being a one-trick pony, who can only write pretty little waltzes and clinical orchestral lines with no heart and soul. Fantastic Mr.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very childlike yet sophisticated soundtrack December 21, 2009
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I am a great fan of Wes Anderson's films and the music he uses in them. This soundtrack features some very fun Burl Ives classics as well as the beautiful score by Desplat. This score sounds like something that Anderson's previous collaborator Mark Mothersbaugh would have composed but more sophisticated and orchestral. Fun, nostalgic and lovely.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie and Soundtrack of the year! December 12, 2009
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Amazingly well done and heart-warming movie. I just Had to have the soundtrack, which helped make this movie so impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening! January 26, 2014
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There are so many songs on this cd! I love them all. Great for road trips or staying at the mountains!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. January 15, 2014
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Just as promised.

I love strawberry jam. I wish I had more strawberry jam. I would bathe in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love! Love! Love! October 18, 2013
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Nothing like cruising to The Beach Boys' "Heroes and Villains" and every other amazing song that is part of this soundtrack.
Not to mention that the soundtrack makes me think of the movie, and the movie makes me think of George Clooney.. And boy, do I love George Clooney!
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5.0 out of 5 stars so good August 18, 2013
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this soundtrack is fantastic-o.
Very, very cute and whimsical.

My son loves to listen to it in the car. very sweet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love music April 14, 2013
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I got this as a gift for my music loving daughter who loved the movie movie as well. great sounds.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I will return it
Bad Want my money back may just get rid of my KINDELS for I-PADS if you keep selling junk like this to KIDS
Published 5 months ago by Mel Heilman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Mr Desplat
Its a great film = Its a great soundtrack. Featuring the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys, very Wes Andersonesque, the soundtrack features most of the great songs... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jackist
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Year old son Dante's favorite soundtrack
My son loved this movie let alone the classic soundtrack. Goes right along with the movie. Also, I worked with handicapable people whom thought this film/ sound track THE FANTASTIC... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Zahnd
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as the movie
I absolutely loved the movie ad the music is also very pretty. Make sure you love the music because I personally do not listen to it as much as I thought I would. Read more
Published on September 12, 2011 by lshanok
5.0 out of 5 stars "Here, put this bandit hat on...."
When a sentimental, tearful Georges Delerue melody is followed by the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man," you know the album in question is going to be like nothing you've ever... Read more
Published on September 9, 2011 by XNS
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
A sparkling, whimsical gem of a score from the lovely Monsieur Desplat. One of my favorites from one of my favorites!
Published on September 2, 2011 by BlahBlahBlah
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Great!
I loved the movie, and the music goes right along with the movie. With the short and lively, it fits the life of a mischievious fox. Read more
Published on August 13, 2010 by stargazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Soundtrack!
This is a fabulous movie soundtrack. I think even people who haven't seen the movie will like it! It's got a delicious mix of all kinds of music. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by Jennifer Aszling
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