The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009

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Animated children's feature based on the novel by Roald Dahl. After being discovered by the three farmers he alternatively steals chickens, ducks and turkeys from, Mr. Fox (voice of George Clooney) finds his life is in jeopardy. In an attempt to catch and kill him, the farmers stake out his foxhole but when this fails, they begin to dig him out. In a race against time, Mr. Fox and his family dig their way further underground in an attempt to escape. After three days in hiding, Mr. Fox is forced to come up with a fantastic plan in order to save the lives of his starving family.

Starring:
Wes Anderson, Mario Batali
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
"Fantastic Mr Fox" is a thoroughly entertaining children's movie that I can unreservedly recommend to parents seeking to amuse their offspring this Halloween break. The film is quirky,funny and unpredictable and the animation is visually impressive and original. The characters in the film are all iconoclastic and determinedly individual,especially Mr Fox , voiced perfectly by George Clooney. Mr Fox is a charismatic free spirit who, after moving to his new tree house, falls back into his old ways and cannot resist the temptation to raid three nearby farms and make off with large amounts of poultry. However the farmers take their revenge and hunt him down mercilessly .Can Mr Fox lead his merry band of woodland animals to safety and regain his brush in the process ? October 2009 has certainly been a good month for animated children's films with "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", "Up" and now "Fantastic Mr Fox" all being of a high standard.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By pinky and perky on 1 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
This is a great-looking film made with traditional stop-go animation and it is not meant to be all about CGI and special-effects. The end result is gorgeous. The animals have a slight jumpiness to their movements but that is the style of the movie and strangely realistic. The score is also very simple, mainly (wholly?) a drum that you hear whenever the action it about to speed up. I found this entirely adequate, stylish, and even humorous. The creatures themselves are gorgeous to look at. George Clooney gives a faultless, stylish, humorous performance as Mr Fox. The story is about a fox who has settled down into marriage but who can't resist one more adventure. I loved it and so did my six-year-old and not many movies can reach such a wide age range as that!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. C. Clubb VINE VOICE on 18 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
Plot:

After narrowly escaping from a trap during a raid on a squab farm, Mr Fox (George Clooney) agrees to his pregnant wife's (Meryl Streep) demands to take up a less dangerous profession. Two years later and Mr Fox is now a newspaper columnist and the two have raised a teenage son called Ash (Jason Schwartzman). The Foxes make the decision to relocate to a better home. Against the advice of his lawyer, Clive Badger (Bill Murray), Mr Fox chooses a den situated at the base of a huge tree. From Badger, Mr Fox learns of that the land near his hole is occupied by the three farms of three notoriously wicked and wealthy farmers - the gluttonous chicken farmer Walter Boggis (Robin Hurlstone), the diminutive duck farmer Nathan Bunce (Hugo Guinness), and the skinny turkey farmer and cider brewer Franklin Bean (Michael Gambon). Hated and feared by the locals, they are all part of the attraction for the high risk-taking Mr Fox who decides to steal from them one by one. All goes to plan at the beginning, until the three farmers decide to declare war on Mr Fox and his family...

Review:

I hold my hand up to being a fan of stop-motion animation and yet not the greatest convert to the products of Aardman Animations. With this in mind, I looked forward to Fantastic Mr Fox being made by a production other than aforementioned creators of Wallace and Gromit. This fact may have sweetened me to the fact that an American production company, 20th Century Fox, were tackling what was essentially a British children's book and one that was hugely influential over my childhood. I was brought up a Roald Dahl fan and "Fantastic Mr Fox" was favourite personal favourite of his children's works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Fans of the wonderful and whacky world of Wes Anderson films will be lusting after this Criterion reissue (Feb 2014) of his 2009 foray into animation with "Fantastic Mr. Fox".

Unfortunately - better print or no and new extras or not - the American Criterion BLU RAY reissue is REGION A LOCKED - so it will not play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Perhaps with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" doing such great business and receiving such glowing reviews - "Fox" might see a REGION B release soon. But it's wait and see for the moment. For now don't make an expensive and easy-to-make Region-Coding blunder on this Criterion BLU RAY release...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Millman on 17 July 2010
Format: DVD
I am an avid fan of interesting and innovative animation, and when I heard there was to be a Fantastic Mr. Fox film made using stop motion I couldn't help but be excited. After seeing the trailers, however, my heart sank. The story seemed so different, it was so americanized and the animation seemed poor rather than deliberately juvenile. It was with trepidation that I watched this film, and in some ways my fears were realized.
As you probably have read, the story is quite different from the book. Like many people I grew up with Fantastic Mr Fox and it was my absolute favourite Dahl story. The bones of the story are there, but Anderson has placed his own stamp on it - in places the script seems more like an analysis of the modern american family rather than a Dahl adaptation. While this is, at times, fascinating and works well (the relationship between Ash and Kristofferson particularly) I feel that it conflicts too much with the original material. While I am a strong believer in keeping film adaptations seperate to the original books (for example, Howl's Moving Castle and How To Train Your Dragon are great films in their own right) in cases where the new story is worse than the old or over complicated, I find it impossible not to make comparisons and complain. There was plenty in the original book that would entertain onscreen and while the Dahl family approve, in my opinion there was no need to change it other than to satisfy Anderson. It is enjoyable, yes, in places great - but it could have been so much better. It could have been fantastic.
I thought that the fact that the main characters were american would annoy me a lot more than it did - what annoyed me more that the heroes were american while the villains were english. Hmm.
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