Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox

A wily fox uses his formidable cunning to outsmart three feeble-minded farmers, who resort to extreme tactics to protect their chickens in director Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl children's book. For 12 years, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep) have lived a peaceful life in the wilderness with their son, Ash (voice of Jason Schwartzman). Shortly after their young nephew Kristofferson (voice of Eric Anderson) arrives for a visit, Mr. Fox's long-suppressed animal instincts begin to take over and the faithful family man resorts back to his old ways as a cunning chicken thief, endangering not only his family but the entire animal community as well. When evil farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean force the animals underground in a desperate attempt to capture the audacious Mr. Fox, dwindling food supplies force the frightened animals to band together in one last attempt to fight for the land that is rightfully theirs. Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson provide additional voices.

I added this movie to our queue simply based on the fact that it was based on a book by Roald Dahl - I always enjoyed reading his quirky books when I was younger. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was based on his book as well - the Johnny Depp version - not the first movie. Plus James & the Giant Peach is also based on his writing. But I regress - besides the fact that it was a Roald Dahl movie I thought it was awesome to have all these big names do voices for the characters.

If you haven't read Roald Dahl you may not "get" this movie - it's quirky and odd but totally Dahl. Jason watched about five minutes of it and wandered off. I love the animation of it and how true it holds to the book. It held my interest and I loved it - it made me want to go out and recollect all of Dahl's books for my children some day, and in the meantime, read them again for myself!

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