Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Wes Anderson matches his quirky and sentimental take on life with Roald Dahl's children's book to create this beautifully animated film. He again discusses fatherhood (see The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, etc.). One should note that Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) helped write the screenplay too.

Mr. Fox has given up robbing farmers Bean, Boggis and Bunce in order to pursue a less dangerous career as a writer and please his wife. His discontent leads him back into the chicken stealing business and now the entire burrowing animal population is under mortal threat from the evil farmers. Mr. Fox now has to use his cunning to save them all. This is the external story, but on the inside it's about identity, fatherhood, sonship, and living well.

Anderson manages once again to generate plenty of laughs as well as tension and sentiment into this film. He also plugs more British 70's rock into the soundtrack and produces a very satisfying film.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My boys and I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Anderson's film. We watch and re-watch, and laugh. Often.