From Wes Anderson, director of Moonrise Kingdom, a dazzling stop-motion animation adaption of Roald Dahl’s classic tale of a wily fox torn between his idyllic home life and his wild animal instincts
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Fantastic Mr. Fox is visionary director Wes Anderson‘s (Moonrise Kingdom) first animated film, utilizing classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of the best selling children’s book by Roald Dahl (author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “James and the Giant Peach”). The film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Jarvis Cocker. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean – who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost. (2009, USA, 87 min., color, 35mm)