in about 100 words or less
US 87m, Colour
Director: Wes Anderson; Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Chase Anderson, Wallace Wolodarsky, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a superb stop-motion animated film based on the 1970 Roald Dahl novel of the same name which was adapted and expanded by Wes Anderson and visually inspired by the original illustrations of Donald Chaffin. The delightfully anthropomorphic Mr. Fox and company pit their natural talents as wild animals to outsmart three malevolent farmers whose solitary ambition it is to rid their farms of these pesky pests. Anderson’s unique artistic sensibilities and humor shine through this production like no other he has directed – as every element is uniquely designed and manufactured in this highly stylized and wondrously fun film (Klaus Ming January 2012).