I really enjoyed Up and I thought Coraline was pretty good, but I still don’t consider myself a big fan of animated films. However, Fantastic Mr Fox is making me reconsider that stance once again.
Initially, I had very little interest in seeing Fantastic Mr Fox – at first glance it looked like one of those weird, unappealing, low-quality stop-motion animations – but a couple of friends told me it was fantastic, and after all, the film is based on the book by Roald Dahl, just my favourite author growing up.
So I watched it, having no recollection of the book (which I am pretty sure I read years ago), and laughed harder than I ever thought I would.
Fantastic Mr Fox (directed by Wes Anderson – The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) has my type of humour. It’s dry, deadpan, random and crazy. It’s quite Simpsonesque in many ways. There’s a few clever recurring jokes that never seem to get old, and it’s a film that fully utilises the stop-motion animation techniques to maximise the hilarity. Who would have thought jerky movements could be so funny?
George Clooney is perfect as the titular character Mr Fox. His deadpan delivery and voice, which sometimes irritates me, was spot on here. Supporting Clooney is a wonderful voice cast, including Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson and Willem Dafoe, though none stand out as much as Clooney does.
At the end of the day, it’s really just a weird little story with some weird big laughs, but I have a feeling Fantastic Mr Fox could become a classic in years to come.
4 stars out of 5!