13 November 2019; “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009) Throwback

Get ready for today’s…Blast from the Past!

From Wes Anderson, the acclaimed and Oscar-nominated director of works such as “Rushmore” (1998), “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012), “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), and others, as well as the amazing and wonderful imagination of author Roald Dahl, comes this charming and visually stunning animated stop-motion adventure comedy…

Ash: “But I’m not different…Am I?”

Mrs. Fox: “We all are.”

[indicates Mr. Fox]

Mrs. Fox: “Him especially. But there’s something kind of fantastic about that, isn’t there?”

Although it released earlier on the 14th of October at the London Film Festival the same year, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” came out in theatres on this day November 13th 2009 in the USA, making the film 10 years old as of today.

Based on Dahl’s 1970 children’s novel of the same name, the plot follows the titular animal and family man (voiced by Oscar winner George Clooney) who decides to revert back to his farm raiding ways and steals food from the vicious farmers Boggis (voiced by Robin Hurlstone), Bunce (voiced by Oscar nominee Hugo Guinness), and Bean (voiced by Golden Globe nominee Michael Gambon). All three men mutually agree that they have had enough and want to hunt him down as well as the rest of his animal friends.

Fun fact; the film received two Oscar nominations at the time of its release; Best Original Score – Alexandre Desplat and Best Animated Film.

On a personal note, I remember the excitement I felt the first time I watched this with one of my oldest friends between 2009 and 2010.

Some of the film’s highlights include the visuals, stellar voice performances that also features Oscar winner Meryl Streep, as well as some regular Anderson collaborators such as Jason Schwartzman and Oscar nominee Bill Murray, screenplay, spirit from its source material, music and soundtrack.

If you are looking for a film that the whole family can enjoy, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Recommended to fans of animation, the listed actors, Roald Dahl, and Wes Anderson.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design by BLT Communications, LLC.