Run time: 83 mins
Based on Roald Dahl’s seminal children’s mischief, directed by perennial hipster Wes Anderson and co-written by Noah Baumbach, it tells the story of the Fox family’s fight for survival.
After narrowly avoiding an ambush by the farmers from whom Mr. Fox (the fantastic Mr Clooney) steals his meals, he must find a way to get his family and friends out from the foxhole. Taking full responsibility, he happens upon the idea of digging under the farmhouses…
Voiced by an all star, if very American, cast including Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and Adrian Brody, the film is terrific. Beautifully animated in painstaking stop-frame miniature animation, the piece is a joy to behold – Anderson reportedly spent some considerable time in Great Missenden ensuring that Dahl’s Chiltern home village was strongly represented in the film. So watch out for familiar street corners.
“In a world where kids’ movies are generally presented in hi-tech 3D digital wonderment, Anderson defiantly presents his one in old-school stop-motion animation, making it look like something by Oliver Postgate or Jan Svankmajer…smart and well-written” (Guardian)
Fantastic indeed. Don’t miss.