• Fantastic Mr. Fox

    2009. USA. Wes Anderson. 88 min.

Followed by a Q&A with Wes Anderson

Monday, December 7, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    2009. USA. Directed by Wes Anderson. Screenplay by Anderson, Noah Baumbach. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl. With voices by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray. First published in 1970, Dahl’s novel tells the story of the crafty Mr. Fox's struggle against three farmers who vow to shoot, starve, or dig the Fox family off their land. But being a fox means being cunning and wily, so Mr. Fox is well equipped to outsmart the cantankerous farmers and fleece them of their chickens and apples. Anderson's film utilizes stop-motion animation, a technique dating to the late nineteenth century that requires the frame-by-frame manipulation of an object—in this case two- to eighteen-inch-tall puppets—to make them appear to move. A painstaking process to say the least, stop-motion provides the animators—in this case, Ian MacKinnon and Peter Saunders, whose credits also include Tim Burton's Corpse Bride—with a limitless capacity for expression. Anderson calls Mr. Fox “sort of heroic and slightly vain,” and although he created new characters and scenes in order to flesh out the screen adaptation, the tone of the narrative remains as cheeky, sharp, and sardonic as Dahl’s original. 88 min.

In the Film exhibition The Contenders, 2009

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