‘Fantastic Mr.Fox’ 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers — Boggis, Bunce and Bean — who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost.

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One long intimate stare onto the movie poster for “Fantastic Mr.Fox” was all I needed to see to conclude that this film was going to be one that would leave me astound. Well, besides the apparent fact that this is a Wes Anderson film of course. 

Wes Anderson’s films to me are like a dream, a visually striking dream that resemble fairy tales; And in these dreams in which I have all too often I know that I am bound to run into a charming yet quirky character thats up to no good or just too smart for their own good. There is no doubt that Wes Anderson has a very distinct narrative and visual style.

In this film visionary director Wes Anderson uses stop-motion techniques, with vividly stunning handmade puppets. Each set was admiringly hand crafted into an intricacy of miniature dollhouse rooms and streets. The color theory for this film is very limited using only autumnal colors. If you have seen any Wes Anderson films you know that he tends to use very limited color palates for his films.

The story line for this film is charming indeed and of course one would be thrilled by the voice overs by some of the greatest (Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray). Everything seems to be right about this film and in all honesty it is! But aside from the charming storyline and awesome actors, the visual style for this film is one of a kind and I must say that, that is all I need to be sucked into this film.

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