FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Stop motion animation at the medium’s finest. Easily fell in love with this film.
Fox brings all the elements of a good film together in one package, leading in great voice actors, great screenplay, and great animation.
George Clooney tops off as the voice of Mr. Fox, only leading a cast of brilliance with Meryl Streep (you would never guess in a million years that she does the voice of the Misses in the film) and Jason Swartzman as my personal favorite, the child of the Fox’s, Ash. Add Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson, and you have a truly unique voice cast.
Wes Anderson definitely brings his unique writing and directing to this film. The dialogue is genius and definitely creates a new blend of kids movie mixed with adult movie that films like Shrek & Up have made a staple in the industry. Not only will adults love the film (unless stop motion films scare you, which I know plenty of people that fit into that category) and plenty of children will love from the book by Roald Dahl (known for Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory).
Overall, great animated film that blows miles passed Coraline. Mr. Fox’s biggest competition in the Oscars… Up. Though Fantastic Mr. Fox has not yet hit DVD, I feel as though when it does you will find many nay-sayers not for the humor or style of the film, while Up seems to be loved by all and rightfully so. I strongly feel that on Oscar night, Up should take the gold. Up does so many more things that Fantastic Mr. Fox just did not accomplish. Up aside, however, Mr. Fox was splendid and is worth several viewings (1) for catching onto the humor, (2) catching what was missed while catching onto the humor, and maybe even (3) for good measure. If anything, you will be lulled asleep by the soothing voice of George Clooney and his all-star voice cast.
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