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Fantastic Mr. Fox / Fantastique Maitre Renard

George Clooney , Meryl Streep , Wes Anderson    DVD
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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 Anderson (writer-director of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums), who expanded and elaborated on the original story; the combination is inspired. Anderson's sensibility--his fondness for meticulous compositions, coordinated colors, and narrative filigree--can sometimes seem finicky and stiff in live-action movies, but it's exquisitely suited to the painstaking art of stop-motion animation. Every corner of the screen crackles with visual invention and whimsical humor. The top-notch vocal cast (which also features Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson, and others) create vivid personalities that perfectly mesh with the movie's lush colors and luscious textures. The Fantastic Mr. Fox is an off-beat gem, a giddy mix of adult emotional issues, wild animal behavior, and childlike delight. --Bret Fetzer

Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the few animated features that is hilariously great entertainment for kids, and absolutely engaging entertainment for adults. From the animation to the story to the direction (by Wes Anderson) to the acting of the voice-over stars, Fantastic Mr. Fox ranks with the likes of Toy Story or the Wallace & Gromit films as robustly entertaining for movie lovers of all ages. George Clooney lends his voice and talents to the character of Mr. Fox, who's recently retired from his long, successful career of stealing poultry to become a journalist. His wife (Meryl Streep) is pregnant, and his son, Ash (the Anderson staple Jason Schwartzman), and nephew, the golden-boy Kristofferson (Eric Anderson), have a low-level rivalry that feels all too human. The story, based on the Roald Dahl tale, is slim, involving the return, just one more time, of Mr. Fox to his old profession--and the repercussions that may befall his pals from the mean farmers as a result. But the true charms of Fantastic Mr. Fox are in the smart dialogue, in the immersive animation that keeps the characters' faces just as expressive as humans', and in the very believable family and friend dynamics we can all relate to. When Clooney's Fox and Bill Murray's Badger get into "cussin'" matches, you can't help but crack up. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the all-time best films for the whole family. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

New digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary featuring Anderson Storyboard animatics for the entire film Footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score Interviews with cast and crew Puppet animation tests, Photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets and Animated awards acceptance speeches Audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based and a Gallery of Dahl’s original manuscripts Discussion and analysis of the film Stop-motion Sony robot commercial by Anderson PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay; a 2002 article on Dahl’s Gipsy House by Anderson; White Cape, a comic book used as a prop in the film; and drawings, original paintings, and other ephemera

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic fantastic June 8 2013
By MCR
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Rented it for my kids.........bought it for myself because it is one of the few movies I will watch over and over again........with or without my kids! We love this movie. It's intelligent humour is what's so appealing. It's like MASH in animation. Certainly was surprised with this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it the first time, loved it the second May 1 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Utterly odd and unique in the best way. Sweet, funny, breezy stop motion animation film based on the Roald Dahl novel. It’s always delightful,
and very well voice-acted by the likes of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon.

A fox/father decides to settle down, stop stealing chickens and become a respectable newspaperman, but hitting a mid life crisis the part of
him that longs to steal birds can’t be denied one last big heist, which leads to ever more dire (and funnier) consequences.

I liked the film on first viewing, but found I loved it on the second. First, for film fans, or fans of Anderson’s work, it’s hysterical how he has
translated his personal style, both visual and character, to animation. This looks and feels like his other films in a way that is by itself an absolute
crack-up. But more important it turns out that Anderson and Dahl are a great mix, with Dahl’s great imagination taking Anderson’s cock-eyed
view of life, and expanding it to a broader canvas. In the end, while populated by puppet animals, this is as human, touching and funny as almost
anything Anderson has done. It may be too sophisticated for little kids, but any child advanced enough to enjoy Dahl’s books (Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, etc.) should have a grand old time, along with their parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I waited so long March 27 2012
By KJ
Format:Blu-ray
This is a great film, another wes anderson gem, I only wish I had bought it sooner, lots of laughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like quirky you will love this Feb. 10 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is fantastic and surprising movie that is clever and hilarious. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to stray off the beaten path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Mr. Fox Jan. 11 2014
By Sue
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this movie because both George Clooney and Meryl Streep gave great performances.
I feel the dialogue is way above children and there is a moral to the story. It was funny in areas but sad at the same time. To see the reviews and more detailed information on this movie, go to IMDb.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic animation and music Nov. 1 2013
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My 6 year old loves it. The animation, music and voices for the characters are excellent! Entertaining and funny for adults who watch it with the kids. There is some violence (ie. farmers trying to shoot the fox and a rat dying after a fight) but it is not over the top. The characters say "cuss" instead of any possible swear words/etc.. A classic that can be watched many times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! April 6 2013
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Great - Bought this for my son - he loved it!! He'll have this on repeat for sure!! Thanks for everything!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes Anderson's signature style shines through June 21 2011
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Fantastic Mr. Fox (animation, adventure, comedy)
Directed by Wes Anderson
Starring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Michael Gambon

20th Century Fox | 2009 | 87 min | Rated PG | Released Mar 23, 2010

Video:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles:
English, French, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), Portuguese, Spanish

Discs:
50GB Blu-ray Disc
DVD copy (with digital copy)

The Film 4.5/5

Wes Anderson's films are traditionally quirky and full of complex themes, and his adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox is no different. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's animated (stop motion); this material is not targeted at children.

When we join the story, Mrs. Fox (Streep) is telling Mr. Fox (Clooney) that she's pregnant. The two proceed to rob a chicken farm and narrowly escape capture. Mrs. Fox makes him promise to look for other work now that they are about to become parents. Mr. Fox agrees and finds a job writing a newspaper column.

Mr. Fox settles down in his new life, but always regrets giving up his old ways. He's also tired of living in a hole in the ground and wants a better home for his family. He goes to see Badger (Murray), who advises him about properties for sale in the area. Fox wants a house near three local farms, but Badger suggests that the neighborhood is too dangerous.
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