Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Friday again! Where does the time go? I hope you all had a fabulous week and I’ve got a cussing awesome movie for you to enjoy tonight and kick off your weekend. I know I did a poll and everyone wanted more horror movies but I had a couple comments during last week’s Friday Night Movie Recommendation for Proxy from people who weren’t the scary movie type so I decided to pick a movie this week that everyone should like. Add to that, the main characters are foxes and you have a recipe for success.


Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my all time favourites. It’s no small feat to create a stop motion movie and have the audience emotionally invested in the outcome of the characters (one notable example would be Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – I love Herbie). These characters are beautifully crafted and the set work is impeccable in creating a world all it’s own.

This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1970 children’s book of the same name focuses on Mr. Fox as he goes through a mid life crisis and wants to go back to his days as a chicken thief. Unfortunately for Mr. Fox, this starts an all-out war with the local farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who make it their mission to kill him and all the other wildlife nearby for that matter.


I know that everyone seems to be on a Wes Anderson craze right now, especially after The Grand Budapest Hotel’s huge success last year, but I have to say that, although I do really like his movies, I don’t generally think that they’re all that and then some. It actually bothers me that some people seem to like him because it’s “the thing to do” at the moment. I feel like Anderson might also think a little too highly of himself and that arrogance comes across in some of his movies. Don’t get me wrong, I do really enjoy his work, particularly his earlier work (Fantastic Mr. Fox being my favourite), I’m just not as crazy about him as everyone else seems to be.

The humour in Fantastic Mr. Fox is very typical of Wes Anderson and it’s obvious that he’s at the helm here but I preferred it to his other work because of it’s fresh style and it’s interesting take on an adult version of a children’s story. I loved all the in jokes and the innuendos. The cussing gag was one of my favourite parts of the movie. The characters will replace all the curse words that would have been used in a regular script with the word cuss, so we have lines like, “Are you cussing with me?” and, “This is going to be a total clustercuss for everybody.” I really enjoyed this sense of humour and, though children can watch it, it’s definitely geared more towards adults.


Another great aspect of this film was the voice actors involved. They really came together to create a real community in these characters. That being said, you can’t really go wrong with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Brian Cox, Jason Schwartzman, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody, to name a few.

Fantastic Mr. Fox’s clever wit, beautifully designed characters and amazing cast is definitely the kind of fun, feel good movie that you want to be watching tonight. There are even some significant emotional moments that you can take away from, most notably being the wolf scene (it gets me every time). Give it a watch and let me know your thoughts.

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s the whole movie (I still find it crazy that whole movies are on YouTube):


50 thoughts on “Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Fantastic Mr. Fox

  1. I have my moments with Wes Anderson. I loved Grand Budapest Hotel and I liked Moonrise Kingdom but most of the rest of his movies have left me a bit underwhelmed. I did really enjoy Fantastic Mr Fox though.

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  2. Great review! Of Anderson’s films to date, the only one that I have seen is The Grand Budapest Hotel. While I liked it enough, I wasn’t crazy about it. This one sounds like a real charmer, though. I’ll queue it.

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  3. I’m sorry you feel that way about Anderson but I’ve been a fan of his films ever since I saw Rushmore, he’s definitely had some misfires – Life Aquatic, Dargeeling Ltd. – but I’ve always liked his artful style and brisk story-telling ability, but I do think it’s not for everyone. This is definitely one of his best films and probably his most accessible film as well. Great review as well, nice to see something upbeat for faint-hearted fellows, such as myself 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome! I was actually thinking of you when I picked this one. I don’t mind Anderson, I really don’t. I just don’t like how much attention his films get compared to other films that I think are better. But he has some really good ones. This one kills me.

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  4. Mel, what I said to Isaacs goes for you, as well; you need to check out “Luther”! Just watch the pilot and see what you think. It’s on netflix streaming – and one thing to keep in mind is I think it’s better to make sure the captions are on; b/c sometimes the accents are hard to understand and other times a few of the words they utter are low. But as a horror fan, I think you’d like “Luther”. Elba’s acting is phenomenal!

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  5. #satanicbestie !!

    You know – a LONG time ago I watched Bottle Rocket and I REALLY loved it. Then Anderson got popular and I resented him : ((((((((((((((((((((( I haven’t seen this yet but I will sometime based on this post because I believe in you : ) (I loved GBH btw).


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    1. I resent him too! I just feel like his kind of humour comes across as arrogant sometimes, although I do really like some of his movies. Bottle Rocket is pretty great. I also like GBH, I was just annoyed that it dominated the Oscars (who cares about the Oscars? Pfttt… {I do… Don’t tell!}). I liked Darjeeling Limited too. This one is definitely my favourite, though. I think you’d LOVE it 🙂


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      1. I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! Bottle Rocket was so innocent – I loved it!! That scene in GBH when Fiennes is going off about how the kid forgot to bring him his perfume is CLASSIC!! I’ll make another note to check this out : )


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  6. Don’t worry, I’m not jumping on the Wes Anderson bandwagon no matter how popular he gets. I don’t think I’ve seen a single one of his movies and I don’t plan on starting. I’m not watching that Grand Budapest Hotel movie; I hate movies where you can tell the actors are acting. I want a movie with characters that feel authentic and not forced – and from what I can tell from the ads and posters I see of his films it just looks like actors imitating characters, and I hate that.

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    1. Grand Budapest Hotel is really funny, man. I’ve been OUT on Anderson forever but gave it a watch because the Mrs wanted to and I really enjoyed it.

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      1. I may watch it for a “Trade Recommendation” entry; like I may watch something like this if the recommender agreed to watch something I want them to watch that they were hesitant about, as I would be hesitant about GBH. I watched “Boyhood” b/c Franz wanted me to, and he agreed to watch “Something, Anything” in which he loved; but for me, “Boyhood” was even worse than “Birdman”. I don’t know how I finished. I saw on one of your tweets that you liked “Bosch” a lot. When I watched the trailer it looked lackluster to me – but I would watch the pilot of that if you watched the pilot for “Luther”.

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      2. I still have Luther on my list to watch. I can’t stream anymore where I do most of my watching so I have to wait for DVDs. We’re currently watching The Killing on our weekends at home. I’m just saying – I thought I would hate this movie like I do most of Anderson’s work but I really liked GBH. Did you ever see Bottle Rocket? It was his first movie before he got famous. One of my favorites….

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      3. No, I haven’t seen it. “Luther” is only 10 episodes (6 season 1, and 4 for season 2); it’s a BBC series, so not very long. It’s a gritty crime show brilliantly written, with aspects of horror; kind of like “Saw” without all the gore and with a mastermind detective played by Elba. But when I say it’s gritty, I’m talking about some mafia guys take Luther into this room and hold his hands to a table and then hammer a nail through his hand; it’s not like a watered-down American crime show. Like you said for “Mad Max” RUN don’t walk is what I’m telling you for “Luther”.

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      4. Yeah, but for you, also. Your entry that got the topic started, so I figured you’d be reading, and chime-in, as well. 🙂

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      1. Yeah, I think the animals are cute here. I watched a few minutes of it on TV once, but I actually thought it was boring. I don’t think the voices fit w/ the animation to me. But I’m not usually into children’s animation, anyway, so I’m not one to ask. If you and other adults like it, that’s cool. I haven’t even seen “Finding Nemo” or “Toy Story”. I just don’t think those movies look very interesting.

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      2. Oh yeah, you and many others disagree w/ me about those movies. It’s cool. Just as long as no one forces me to watch them. lol. Unless I’m around children who are watching it. I can sit and watch with them; especially if it stops them from running around the house like a hyper tornado. lol.

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