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Fantastic Mr. Fox
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George Clooney and Meryl Streep lend their voices to this hilarious and heartwarming animated adventure from visionary director Wes Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting nephew Kristopherson. That is until Mr. Fox slips into his sneaky, old ways and plots the greatest chicken heist the animal world has ever seen. Based on the beloved, best-selling book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Fantastic Mr. Fox is family fun at its finest.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the few animated features that is hilariously great entertainment for kids, and absolutely engaging entertainment for adults. From the animation to the story to the direction (by Wes Anderson) to the acting of the voice-over stars, Fantastic Mr. Fox ranks with the likes of Toy Story or the Wallace & Gromit films as robustly entertaining for movie lovers of all ages. George Clooney lends his voice and talents to the character of Mr. Fox, who's recently retired from his long, successful career of stealing poultry to become a journalist. His wife (Meryl Streep) is pregnant, and his son, Ash (the Anderson staple Jason Schwartzman), and nephew, the golden-boy Kristofferson (Eric Anderson), have a low-level rivalry that feels all too human. The story, based on the Roald Dahl tale, is slim, involving the return, just one more time, of Mr. Fox to his old profession--and the repercussions that may befall his pals from the mean farmers as a result. But the true charms of Fantastic Mr. Fox are in the smart dialogue, in the immersive animation that keeps the characters' faces just as expressive as humans', and in the very believable family and friend dynamics we can all relate to. When Clooney's Fox and Bill Murray's Badger get into "cussin'" matches, you can't help but crack up. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the all-time best films for the whole family. --A.T. Hurley
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Mr. Fox: One of those slovenly farmers is probably wearing my tail for a necktie.
Basically Mr. Fox is unsatisfied with his mediocre house and job and decides to go back to a life of stealing chickens and items from farmers to support living in a mansion of a house. Actually, it's a tree, but a lovely tree. Anyway...the stealing starts a war with 3 aggressive farmers. Mr. Fox and his family have to avoid and battle the farmers throughout the movie. Mr Fox is married, has a son (who is a bit Emo and doesn't have any hobbies), and also has his nephew staying with him who is an expert at everything. The nephew and son don't get along and their arguments are snarky and hilarious.
Overall the movie is kid-friendly, yet fun for adults. Instead of swearing they use the word "cuss" in replacement. For example: I hate these cuss farmers. They are going to cussing kill us!" The characters are also super likable and voiced by great actors. (Meryl Streep, George Clooney, William Defoe, etc...) It's a must own!
I haven't read through all the other reviews, but I'm sure you know the plot and all that. I watched it to see if I could use it for a class I'm teaching, looking for that "theme" you have to hit when you're a teacher in this climate. (Fun is not allowed in the college classroom.) A grand theme is there. I hate looking for metaphors in literature, a fool's game, but when hit on the head, well, and done with a very insistent feather, a metaphor doesn't hurt.
The animals are the underclass, which we get all along, because they wind up way, way underground, trying to just get by, trying to make it with no-income jobs, finally living in the sewers that are ruled by the white rich uberclass. But of course the underclass survives by theft and pure glee at the prospect of living. Through scavenging various cultures. And most of all, through love and companionship. The movie is as fun and engaging and technically wonderful as everyone says it is, but I do love the subtext a whole lot. It is all true for us in the lower 98, percentile, that is.
Oh, and I about fell down when I saw that the voice of the Rabbit is Mario Batali. He is of course an Iron Chef, and one who specializes in cooking, among much else, rabbit. Irony is not dead. It just smells funny.