Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

In this re-imagined classic family tale, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting nephew Kristopherson. That is until Mr. Fox slips into his sneaky, old ways and plots the greatest heist the animal world has ever seen. When mean old farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean join forces to surround Mr. Fox and his family, they don’t realize they are not dealing with any old fox – it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and he has a fantastic master plan to save the day!

Based on the beloved best-selling book by Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox is family fun at its finest. Anderson employs a colorful supporting cast to bring his eccentric characters to life including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Willem Dafoe. Packed with behind-the-scenes bonus features, including a special inside look at how stop-motion animation really works and much more, Fantastic Mr. Fox is available now as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a smart and funny film. It was nice to see an animated feature that looked and sounded completely different from most of the other cartoons being released. The plot was more grown-up than you would normally see – dealing with mid-life crisis issues in the life of Mr. Fox. The dialogue went over my kids’ heads in a lot of ways, but I found it very witty.

Because it’s not acceptable to swear in a kids’ movie, even one in which the characters were the type of grown-ups who would probably swear, the word “cuss” was inserted at each spot in the dialogue where a swear-word would make sense. The kids found this funny, and I did, too, in most cases, but did not appreciate being asked, “Mom, what does he mean by ‘cluster-cuss?'” Now that I think about it, this didn’t even feel like a kids’ movie – it felt like a comic film that just happens to have animated characters.

Here are what two of my boys said about it:

Noah’s (11yo) review: I have never really liked stop-motion animation movies, but Fantastic Mr. Fox was one of my most favorite, and made me give a second look at this style of animation. 4 and a half stars.

Jonathan’s (10yo) review: I really liked it, and the funniest part was at the beginning, because he kept on asking his wife’s opinion and then he would do the opposite.

(Disclosure: Fantastic Mr. Fox was provided to me by Click Communications for the purpose of review. The above link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click on it and subsequently purchase anything, I will receive a small commission.)

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4 Responses to Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    We thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The best word for it to me would be “clever”. Especially my 10-year-old son just reveled in the humor. He loved the substitution of the word “cuss” for all curse words. He really wants the movie to keep at home, so I imagine it will end up in an Easter basket!
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – “clever” is a good word for it! I kept thinking I wished it wasn’t animated, because my dad would love the humor and the plot, but he refuses to watch animated films. 🙂

  2. Kathleen says:

    Great review…I love the comments from the boys!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..When did you know you were a reader? =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathleen – thanks, I like getting them in on my reviews when I can – less work for me!