The Fantastic Mr. Fox

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The visually ravishing animated movie The Fantastic Mr. Fox follows a fox, voiced by George Clooney and dressed in a natty brown corduroy suit, as he cheerfully and recklessly takes his thieving ways a little too far and brings down the wrath of some sour-faced poultry farmers on his family and friends. Based on a lesser-known book by children’s author Roald Dahl (who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach), the movie is the work of Wes Anderso… More >>

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

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  1. This is the fifth time in 2009 alone that I run into those animation productions that ruined my joy of getting to movie theaters. After the Ice Age, the G-Force, Planet 51, and the Christmas Carol, I was already fed up with all animation movies. This one topped them all with its silliness.

    Even though animations permitted the producers to invent diverse and effective characters, it exposed the weakness of making elegant characters, motions, or plots. The artists put too much labor in making the faces of the characters appear rich and impressive. Yet, all artistic ingenuity were depleted in making gracefully moving or talking characters.

    The stiffed and skinny foxes made up a polarized existence that is far inferior to the real world of our beloved animals. Drawing parallels between the conflicts of the survival needs of the farmers and the wolves with those of human conflicts was overreaching. Making the best of enjoying the artistic richness of the movie did not reconcile my discontent with Mr. Fox.

    Though most movie theaters display brief description of movies, those pamphlets are meticulously designed to escape the attention of busy people. In theaters where the description posters were intentionally hidden, I never took a chance wasting my time and money on nonsensical stuff. Fantastic Mr. Fox will be my last entrapment in sitting in a theater for a total waste. Beside myself, there was another poor guy sitting in the 120-seat theater. In the same night, I had to see the Blind Side for the sake of getting over my anger of being stuck with wolves suffering from spinal Billiard sticks.

    Considering the enormous resources spent on movie display, I doubt that the $20 total per show would pay for the utility usage or the space rental. Even the $4.75 cups of soda in movie theaters are gathering dust from Sunday through Friday. As such, movies theaters would be better off playing the true legendary movies than competing for new high-risk productions.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. We have basically been seeing too many CGI animated movies where most of them are getting tiresome, with the exception of the Pixar films. There have been some other great non-Pixar movies, such as “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” so-so ones, like “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and crappy ones like “Monsters vs. Aliens.” We’re on a third stop motion animation. After seeing the amazing “Coraline” and the pathetic “9,” “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” will deliver everything to critics just in time for award season.

    Compared “Mr. Fox” to a lot of movies, I really didn’t think it was in the quality of Pixar at all. It wasn’t even as good as “Up” and definitely not as good as “Finding Nemo.” Also compared to a lot of movies that are playing out there, I’m sure it will make its way through awards season, but it definitely won’t top “Where the Wild Things Are” (which I think is the best movie playing right now).

    I know that “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” is based on the Roahl Dahl book and Dahl does deliver with his movies based on a book motion picture adaptations. It’s just that I have mixed feelings with some of his movies. I loved the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “James and the Giant Peach,” didn’t like the remake “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 2005, and I also thought “Matilda” had too many issues to deal with children and school. “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” will just fall somewhere in the middle.

    “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” tells the story of an ordinary fox named Mr. Fox. His friends describe him fantastic but the humans are planning to take over his colony (at least this is what I think). He ends up going on a mission where one of his friends gets kidnapped and leading Mr. Fox and his friends to save him. And also, one of the humans plans steals his tail to use as a tie.

    Yeah, I know, it’s a little weird. It’s just that amazing that people finds this stuff funny. To me, I think it was all right. My friend did state at the party that it doesn’t have anything like South Park humor which actually is a so-so thing to them but to me some of its humor was more like Simpsons related humor. And yes, I would have to admit that “The Simpsons” is funny for everyone to enjoy and to me. I can understand why people like this. When it comes with to adult humor, I can understand why people think its funny, but to me, it’s okay.

    That’s just me in a nutshell. I don’t mind adult humor here and there, but this went way out of hand. I could prefer the adult humor used in the “Wallace & Gromit” cartoons, but this just went a little too far off.

    I really think it is about time we are getting another stop motion animation. Those things take up as much work as possible compared to that of CGI. We had two stop motion animation movies this year, which were “Coraline” and “9.” And we’re also finally getting another 2D animated movie next week, “The Princess and the Frog,” a first since “The Simpsons Movie” (yeah that was 2D and good for adults and tolerable for me), but this was also be a first full-length from Disney in years, not counting as “Enchanted,” which was both 2D and live action.

    “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” has excellent animation. It’s something that would be worth seeing at a festival than at a regular movie theater. But to me, this animation has been very good. It’s the same techniques that they used in movies like “Wallace & Gromit” to make their films to become success. I’m just very selective though on animation. I mean, I love animation movies, but mostly Pixar. Other than that, there’s a lot of animated movies that I like more than others. But I would have to back to the fact that I did think Mr. Fox was very funny.

    Overall, I think “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” is worth seeing only for the adults than for the kids. I enjoyed it either way, though not as much as I would enjoy an average Pixar movie on a regular basis. The storyline and the animation were great, the humor and the jokes weren’t just as funny enough. They could at least throw in more of the the humor and jokes that you would see in “Shrek” to make it a lot more successful, but it was just what any type of animated movie in that category could be. It’s not topping off my Academy Awards list but I think we should see what the awards say for this movie to each its own.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. This movie gets under way with everything going for it. Star-powered voicing features George Clooney. Merryl Streep’s lovely low tones, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and more. Stop animation has made huge strides even in the age of CGI, and can provide some of the most innovative and engaging imagery around. Basing a movie on a Roald Dahl book certainly won’t hurt it, either – look what Dahl parentage did for ‘James and the Giant Peach’, the various Willie Wonkas, and lots of others.

    So, with all this going for it, the movie just didn’t thrill me, and I’m not sure why. The animation, though thoroughly competent, rarely rose above competence – but did so nicely in the “digging” scenes and in any involving smoke. Characters grated on me, especially Mr. Fox himself, who I found irredeemably self-centered, the kind who tends to reward friends’ loyalty with some pretty poor behavior. Also, I’ll happily go along with a forestful of critters in educated professions and snappy tailoring. Within that context (and within his sharp-looking leisure suit), Fox’s claim to being a wild animal rings false – unless “wild” means something more like a frat party than like a jungle.

    So, I kept the characters at arm’s length, and the artistry wasn’t enough to pull me in. I’m glad I saw it, but I’m in no rush to see it again.

    — wiredweird, reviewing the theatrical release
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. um, hello Amazon? Where is Cate in this OUTSTANDING film? Please correct your credits; it makes me think I am pre-ordering the wrong disc.

    ***That said***

    I am pre-ordering this Blu-Ray because I know that this will be one of those films (like Rushmore) that I reserve for rainy days when I call in sick to work. If you like Wes, just buy it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. When I saw the trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox, I was unimpressed, but I am a huge Wes Anderson fan, so I decided to give it a shot.

    Wow! I am SO glad I did. This film was such a refreshing change for me–it embraces its storybook roots with simple, puppet-show style sets and animation, instead of basically apologizing for the fact that it’s animated by using CGI to easily create the smoothest movement possible.

    I usually don’t laugh much at movies, but this one had me in tears. True, if you prefer less subtle humor, you may not like it, but in my opinion, this is Anderson’s greatest film so far–and maybe my new favorite movie.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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