The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Posted on Monday, April 5th, 2010 at 1:23 am

I was curious how Wes Anderson would make an animated children’s movie, and the answer is very clear: exactly the way he makes all his movies. If you don’t like his movies, if you find them painfully awkward and self-consciously weird, you probably will not like this because, first and foremost, it’s a Wes Anderson flick. If you are fond of his films in all their geeky hipster glory, you will clap your hands like giddy schoolgirl at this one.

The stop-motion animation is a bit choppy and strange, and I say that as a devotee of the art form. It’s something about the knees that just isn’t right, but the urge to reach out and touch the animals surely means something is being done well. The dialog is snappy and adorably quirky, and the whole thing is just a super fun time. Where does George Clooney get off being charming and attractive when he isn’t even on the screen?!


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One Response to “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”

  1. Renee says:

    I am excited to see this! I think it is playing in Eugene at their pathetic second run theatre, which is basically a room with a large TV set. I kid you not. But I’ll be channeling you as I watch it and imagine you laughing next to me at the funny parts.

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