Magnificent Wes Anderson! And Noah Baumbach, the writer of this marvelous masterpiece of a film, animated motion picture.
“Alcohol is dangerous to the health” and “Go-hide-in-your-rat-holes-and-leave-us-along-to-make-more-and-more-shitloads-of-money” can be the morale of this wonderful tale, along with something more, regarding the pursue of true talent, friendship, humanity and the instinct to survive.
Plenty of voice talent as well, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, (a very useful name these days, especially at Hollywood), Eric Anderson (the director’s brother), Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe. The special voice appearance of Owen Wilson, remarkable as usual, not a lead character voice, as the one in Cars and the voice of the soul of this movie, Wes Anderson himself.
You noticed the maturity of the animations in the last few years, nothing but a good sign that our little children will be smarter then ever. Times started to change, people are more and more manipulated by the normal media, very few are really thinking and… I decide to write more of it with another movie review.
Good move to grant an Academy Award for the animated film (called Best animated feature), when it happened, in 2001. It’s a lot of work, it is art as pure as anything else in the matter.
Now this one, was nominated along with Up, an animation feature nominated for the Best Movie Award itself. One can’t compete with something like that. Misfortune, the difference was just at the message. Fantastic Mr. Fox is highly entertaining, but snatching other people goods for sport is not the best example for kids, no matter how funny may that be, or how unbearable persons were the foxed “humans” or farmers, or whatever. “Boggis and Bunce and Bean / One fat, one short, one lean / These horrible crooks / So different in looks / Were nonetheless equally mean” – says the limerick sung by the local kids. Funny made, using stop-motion animation, but in the book Mr. Fox was feeding his family, and was the equivalent of a revolutionary Marxist. What the West in 1970 -when the book was published- failed to observe, is that all the Marxists become very greedy capitalists when they have the reigns of anything.
An evolution anyway, the foxes were quite moving, especially the Ash character, voiced by Coppola’s nephew. A creating evolution occurred, from the awarded Ratatouille, two years before. The rats were disgusting, for me at least, I can never like those morbid rodents just for the sake of a romancing cartoon.
This was Roald Dahl’s fantasy, or at least inspired from it. The guy, Mr. Dahl, wasn’t in very good terms with Hollywood. When proposed to write some screenplays, he failed to meet the deadlines and was totally opposed to the studio’s version of the plot, especially for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
He wrote also You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, both adaptations of Ian Fleming’s novels. David Seltzer’s (a screen writer and future producer and director) contribution was considered a deviation in what was going to become after many years, some film starring Johnny Depp, and he remained uncredited for Willy Wonka…
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Johnny’s picture in this post is just the link between Roald Dahl’s story and cinema, because what was made for the screen fifteen years after the author’s decease, has the real name of the children’s story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Unfortunately this wasn’t something which Dahl would agree with.
Back to our animation, Fantastic Mr. Fox, is an 8 imdb rated fantasy, released in 2009. Utterly recommended!
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