on 29 July 2011
I got this book a couple of weeks ago after deciding I wanted to learn more about the production of this film. I was expecting some basic information on each character, some set designs and maybe a bit of script, but this book offers so much more. Each character's fine detail is explained in one whole chapter each, and Wes' intended portrayal is reflected in the notes written alongside each initial sketch of the animals. The book also shows how the script has been developed and how it evolved into it's final form.
My favourite thing about this book is it really shows just how much detail was put into the film and where all of Wes' inspiration for set design and decoration has come from, and how much of Roald Dahl he has managed to incorporate into this masterpiece. From the bunk-bed design to each vegetable in the supermarket, everything has been meticulously decorated and produced to a very high standard, and this book shows just how much work has gone into the film.
The book itself is also beautifully bound and under the dust-cover is a wonderful hard-back orange cover, with gold lettering "The Making Of FANTASTIC MR FOX". Interspersed within all the pictures and notes are interviews with the cast members, ranging from Eric Anderson to Jason Schwartzman as well as Wes himself, each giving their own perspective on the characters and the film.
I would recommend this to anyone who is not only interested in this film, but in animation and stop motion, as well as puppet making as it really chronicles the steps the cast have gone through to achieve an excellent final result, writing about ideas and designs that were used and also those that were scrapped from the final cut. This is a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone to buy.
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on 3 January 2010
As a fan of the film, this book is the perfect accompaniment. The photographs and information are really well put together. Very enjoyable and useful reference book.
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on 16 October 2013
Bought this for my girlfriends birthday as we both love the film, but am now considering keeping it for myself. Stunning book and I'm sure she'll love it when (if) I give it to her.