Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Genre(s): Adventure / Animation / Family
Fox || PG - 87 minutes - $29.98 || March 23, 2010
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2009-04-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer(s): Roald Dahl (novel); Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach (written for the screen)
Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe


Theatrical Release Date: November 25, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Wes Anderson has outdone himself. Oh. My. God. This movie is bliss. I know it didn't make any money and I was even more aware of it due to the fact I watched it in a complete empty theatre a few months ago when only I was there but it deserved to be huge.

Fox (George Clooney) is a guy who used to get a kick out of robbing farmers but after his wife (Meryl Streep) gets pregnant, he decides to hang it up. 2 years later, he's a newspaper columnist and his son (Jason Schwartzman who is amazing here) is awkward and odd and jealous of his cousin Kristofferson (Wes Andersonís brother).

Fox wants to buy a new house but he's low on cash and has been getting the stealing itch again. He and his friend decide to start robbing farms again (full of three evil farmers one of whom played by Michael Gambon) which leads to an all out war between Fox and the other wilderness critters (Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, just to name a few) the farmers and the cider farmerís bodyguard, a knife wielding, finger snapping rat (played by an obviously enjoying himself Willem Dafoe).

This movie didn't KNOW how to not be entertaining. From the incredible camera shots Ė I love how they shot characters being chased by the rabid farm dog Ė to the brilliant use of music. The opening scene starts with Mr. Fox smoking while the Davey Crockett theme song plays. There's another fun one where Fox and his family are swimming and we hear Mrs. Clause's song about her world changing from Santa Clause is coming to town.

I can't believe more people haven't watched this. I haven't seen a cartoon this good since Nightmare Before Christmas. Fantastic Mr. Fox is an absolute masterpiece in nearly every way. It's hard to think of anything wrong with this.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

There are two behind the scenes featurettes (each only about 8 minutes) that talk about the genesis of the film. I had read a lot of info online before the film opened that suggested that director Wes Anderson did little on the film and did it via email. I no longer believe that. While his animation director, Mark Gustafen is a genius, Anderson is all over the film in every way and we see here that he was onset constantly and did many storyboards and the docs basically confirmed that yes, this is a Wes Anderson film through and through. But it's all too short. 16 minutes about the film? THIS film? Preposterous. What we get is too short.

We also get a Beginner's Guide to Whack Bat (~30 seconds) which is a tongue in cheek explanation of how to play the fictional baseball-esque game that's in the film.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Looked great. I was fortunate enough to watch the disc on my mom's big ass HD tv and it looked amazing. Looked so good, I can't imagine the Blu-ray looking better, though Iím sure I could be easily wrong there especially since you can read the review.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Beach Boys, the Davey Crockett theme and all the other songs in the film blast through the film with each and sounds amazing. The dialogue sounds crisp and during certain parts, comes through one speaker or the other as opposed to just being centralized and it created a kind of movie theatre effect. It was like the opposite of my Ninja Assassin viewing recently. There, the effects were coming at me from all sides, here it was the dialogue.



.::OVERALL::.

The film is magnificent unequivocally. As a DVD, it's just okay. It's not barebones, but there's not much here. Partially itís because it's DVD and not Blu-ray but I also think because the film made no money. Either way, it should be better and I hope for an eventual stuffed to the gills, double dip. Still, I love the film and can recommend it to all. It's an instant classic.