DVD REVIEW: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors. His style is just so unique and unmatched. It is the way his characters respond to their somewhat real and unreal environment, the way he films scenes in a straight forward way, his brilliant use of colors…I could go on and on. In Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson branches out into new territory: animation. But not just any form of animation, it is stop-motion animation. So is Anderson’s distinctive personality still present in the animated world?


Mr. Fox (George Clooney) is a former food thief who upon a promise he made to his wife Felicity (Meryl Streep) has reformed from his ways and is now a journalist for the local paper . Two years later (12 fox years), Mr Fox has a son named Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and is tired of living in a hole in the ground. Mr. Fox decides to buy a new home in a tree in close proximity of three farms. Too tempted by the produce of the three farms, Mr. Fox slips into his former ways and steals from all three farms.

Boggis, Bunce, and Bean (the owners of the farms) are none too happy to hear about Mr. Fox’s deeds and they also unfortunately know the location of his home. This leads to the Fox family being forced to flee their home and stay in the sewers with other families who were relocated because of the farmers actions. The time has come for Mr. Fox to step up to the Whack-bat plate and save everyone’s home…the only question is will he?

Mr. Fox was a great joy to watch. Wes Anderson somehow took a stop-motion animated film and gave it the same flavor and feel as his last two films. This film is witty, well written, and funny too. You almost forget that someone put multiple hours into moving these characters frame by frame and just enjoy the comedic story. There is nothing better than watching Mr. Fox and Bill Murray’s Badger arguing and asking “…are you cussing with me you little cuss?”

The voice acting in this film is superb. George Clooney was the perfect choice to voice the mischievous Mr. Fox. I never really have been a fan of Meryl Streep,but she was the right choice for the stern voice of Mrs. Fox. Of course what is A Wes Anderson film without a couple of returning actor such as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Willem Dafoe.

There really is nothing bad to say about Mr. Fox; he really is fantastic. Fantastic Mr. Fox is available on Blu-ray and DVD and I suggest you pick yourself up a copy.

Verdict: SEE IT!

Have you seen the Fantastic Mr. Fox? Did you like or do you think I’m cussing with you? Leave your comments and opinions below.


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