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Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Reviewed on 2009-11-30
Received[2.5]  out of 4 stars
GenreAnimation / Comedy
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" is an original animated (stop-motion animation) film, the first animation brought to us from Wes Anderson. Mr. Fox (George Clooney) is a wild fox who has a knack at stealing hens/chickens. Something he must stop doing after learning he is going to be a father. Flash forward to the present where we see Mr. Fox is now a journalist for the local Fox paper and seems to be struggling with the cards life has dealt him. Unhappy with their current home Mr. Fox decides to uproot his family and get them above ground in a tree house. Sadly this home is not in the greatest area for a fox.

The tree house the Fox family has now moved to is only a few miles down the road from three angry farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Mr. Fox gets the urge to once again go on a heist or as he calls it the last big job. Getting his possum friend Kylie (Wallace Wolodarsky) to join him. Kylie is an interesting character that often goes into a possum trance complete with zoned out eyes. Some of the most creative moments come from the possum in this film. Mr. Fox's one final job turns out to be much more than one job. Things become complicated as he convinces Kylie to not only raid Boggis’ house, but also Bunce and Bean. The complications multiply when Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep) finds out about Mr. Fox’s wild ways resurfacing. She is heartbroken that her husband's promise to her has been broken.

Unbeknownst to the Foxes the Farmers have united to put a stop to this foxes mischievous ways. The family must think quickly for survival and when they learn that these farmers aren’t easily outsmarted the battle becomes intense.

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" is an original film about perseverance and survival. Wes Anderson offered the most unique animation this year and great dialogue; dialogue that was perfected with performances by George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman and Meryl Streep. A superb comedy for adults, but the younger kids will not be able to comprehend a lot of the inside jokes. This film will not be for every movie lover, but some will enjoy the animation and comedy brought to life in it. If you want to find out what is so Fantastic about Mr. Fox check out his sly ways in theatres everywhere.

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