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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.

Starring:
George Clooney, Meryl Streep
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Wes Anderson
Starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep
Supporting actors Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky, Eric Chase Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson, Karen Duffy, Robin Hurlstone, Hugo Guinness, Helen McCrory, Roman Coppola, Juman Malouf, Jeremy Dawson, Garth Jennings, Brian Cox
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this film to watch with my tutor group. We had just finished reading the book and we always watch the film afterwards.
They loved it, they are vertical which means they range from 11-19 (boys and girls) and they all thought it was funny.

The are a couple of jokes that they just didn't get, but me and my co-tutor had a giggle over. They didn't mind.
George Clooney's dry manner added to this.
They did enjoy it, but in comparison to the book it is quite different.

If you are buying it to give some little people an early injection of the legend that is Roald Dahl, then get Matilda instead.
If you are buying it as an adult to watch go for it.
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Format: DVD
If you ask me, none of Wes Anderson's live action films are quite right; they're always interesting, but in the end disappointing. But somehow, this kooky animated tale turned out to be the perfect vehicle for his 'flat' directorial style, and his themes of loyalty, affection and personal growth. So much richer and better than the book (which is fun but slight), technically a masterpiece, it's a genuinely great and strangely life-affirming film.

It's a little churlish to criticise, but one thing does rankle: bearing in mind that it's supposed to be England, every detail of the human world is wrong (except of course the accents). When did you ever meet an Englishman called Franklin or Walt? They should have just set it in America, and not had the distraction.
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Format: Blu-ray
Technically this Blu-ray is excellent. The picture transfer is exceptionally strong, revealing all the fine details of the models and the animation approach. The HD audio is good too - the voice actors are clear, the sound is strong and it's pleasurable to listen to. Overall if you like the film, the Blu-ray is absolutely fine.

Sadly, I found the film rather flat. To my taste, the characters lacked personality and while I liked the overall arc and the modern resonances of the story, the film never really drew me in. By about 30 minutes I was checking my watch and by about 60 minutes I was fast-forwarding to the end. I usually enjoy computer and stop-frame animation films a great deal, so this surprised me - especially as I knew nothing about the film before watching it and really did approach it with an open mind.

Still, children will enjoy it (although do be aware there are some 'scary' moments for the really younger ones). I also do applaud the technique and approach for the film. It really is novel and fresh against the background of so many computer generated films.

In summary, if you like the film or the director's previous work I'd give it 4.5/5. To my taste, the film lacked anything to make it really stand out or be memorable, so my personal score is 2/5.
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I liked this film, it's good sunday afternoon entertainment, and the special affects,
animation etc, is really hypnotic, I'm thirty three, can't remember much Roald Dahl.
But this is probably another good family/kids film. Obviously.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is my first review, I can not believe the one star reviews on here and have to question what they expected from a childrens story made with stop motion animated puppets. I will agree the story wasnt the strongest but the charming animation and awesome puppets coupled with great voice work and numerous jokes throughout was enough to keep me enthralled for the brief (83 minute) running time.
I know some people dont get Wes Anderson films but for his fans (of which I am one) we pretty much knew what to expect and I was not at all disappointed.
I love the qurkines of his films and this is what makes him unique amongst a sea of bland music video directors that plague mainstream movies these days.
I give this 4 stars and have already ordered the blu ray, can not wait to see it in all its hi def gloriousness
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