We witness this again as he devours his food with savage speed -- which manages to be shocking and funny every time. Despite the earnest promises, he also pursues in the reckless hunt of stolen chickens. Fantastic Mr. Fox. is very much an action movie as Mr. Fox and his sidekick Kylie (Wallace Wolodarsky) plot and plan major heists of the three local farmers, who in turn, plot and plan to bring Mr. Fox and his entire community down.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is Anderson's first foray into animation, and the result is terrific. The layered, underground world of the fox burrows resembles the famous cutaway shot of the boat in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. On more than one occasion, the fox family is compelled to dig their way to safety, and how wonderful it is to watch them work at super sonic speed.
Wes Anderson may have earned himself a reputation for quirk, but his films never shy away from genuine emotion. Fantastic Mr. Fox is no different. The dialogue is sharp, funny, and also and perhaps most importantly, heartfelt. In addition to the thieving mayhem, the relationships between foxes are at stake. Young fox Ash (Schwartzman) wants his father to love him. Cousin Kristofferson's father is sick with double pneumonia. Mrs. Fox (Streep) wants her family safe. And Mr. Fox, he wants it all, he wants too much -- and puts them all in jeopardy.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Screenplay By: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach
Based on the Book By: Roald Dahl
Producers: Wes Anderson, Allison Abbate, Scott Rudin, and Jeremy Dawson
Starring: George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Michael Gambon
Theatrical Release Date: November 13, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor
Studio: 20th Century Fox