Rental Review - Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), PG, 87 minutes - The past couple of months my NetFlix queue has bogged down. Seemingly everything that I want to see has been a new release to the home video market and as a result has popped up on my queue as 'a long wait'. Well, I've finally waited out the 'long wait' and the majority of my queue is available again so it's time to get back to burning through a couple NetFlix movies a week.

One of these movies was Fantastic Mr. Fox - a stop motion animated, Wes Anderson directed movie based on Roald Dahl's book of the same name. I remember a time in my youth when reading through any and all Roald Dahl books you could was the cool thing at school. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one that I never got too. I have no idea how the film compares to the movie, but there is little doubt that the on screen version is a Wes Anderson film. The tone and humor falls right in with other Anderson flicks such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, or The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

George Clooney voices the main character Mr. Fox - a fox who gave up his thieving ways to become a reporter at his wife's request after she becomes pregnant. He grows sick of pinching pennies and eeking by in life and in an effort to change their status, he moves them to a new 'house' in a tree that overlooks the properties of three farms with ruthless owners. The urge to go relive the excitement of a heist gets the better of him and he starts regularly sneaking out to steal from the three farmers. This is all well and good (aside from his wife wondering why their pantry is chalk full of poultry all of the time) until the hunters decide to fight back.

Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson (Wes Anderson staples), Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, and Willem Dafoe lend their voices to the other characters of Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is an entertaining and different animated comedy.


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