Fantastic Mr Fox

1: Analysis of the Book

For anyone who has tried to “outsmart the system,” Fantastic Mr. Fox by the inimitable Roald Dahl is a fun primer on how to think outside the box.  The book is a great book to read aloud to young children and the drawings help to bring the story alive. What a fun story it is! Mr. Fox is clever, compassionate and brave. It is easy to root for this astute thief against the three meanest, most selfish farmers around. In typical Roald Dahl fashion, the hero must think of something no one else would guess to try—and it works! Mr. Dahl’s stories are known for their wit and their strong moral messages, which make them perfect books to read and laugh out loud with! Highly recommended for some positive, good laughs!

2: Analysis of the Film

The movie version of Fantastic Mr Fox is really good for a stop-motion animation comedy film. The characters of the film were designed by first making a drawing of each character in the movie, then sculptors began by fleshing out the drawing designs into three dimensions using plasticine clay. Each of the puppets in the movie was made into at least two different scales. Most of the animators who did the movie also animated Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. The soundtrack from the film was mainly just soundtrack songs, but there were also songs from The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and other artists. 

3: Analysis of the Adaptation

The adaptation of book to movie seems to be spot on in light of the fact that Anderson added a bit much to the story. Still, the general consensus seems to be that he has captured the spirit of the book. The one discrepancy that everyone seems to notice is that, while the book was written by a Brit, the movie was directed by an American. The possible significance of this is the difference between British and American humor; British humor tends to be whacky and cerebral, while American humor tends to be physical and slap-stick. These two modalities do not always mesh well.

4: Online Research

This site is a column that is dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, which have earned them a place as a cult classic or an underrated gem that was either before its time or has aged like fine wine. This is a really interesting column in how the guy reviews “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” He also goes to show that because the movie didn’t make much more money than its $40 million budget (it made $46million in revenue) it is considered a big flop as it failed to connect with audiences in theaters. But the very interesting thing about the movie is that it has since gained a small cult following, especially with many stop-motion animation enthusiasts.

This is a very interesting site in which Julian Sanction describes how the puppets from this movie were made.

This site has a really interesting interview from George Clooney, Bill Murray, and Wes Anderson from the first day of the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.

This is the Fantastic Mr Fox review from the Tv Tropes page. Some of the Tropes in the movie include:

Beserk Button: This is definitely Franklin Bean, considering how hard he tries to kill Mr. Fox, but always to no avail.

One of the funniest of the tropes in this movie is “Imperial Stormtrooper Markmanship Academy.” This meme is basically what it is called as the Stormtroopers are such bad shots. This happens when the Farmers and Snipers shoot away the wooden crates the gang is hiding behind until they are literally outlined. Then Ash runs a gauntlet while they fire enough ammo at him to supply the Normandy Invasion. 

5: Critical Argument Paragraph

Is the film nasty in its depiction of humans, particularly adults? Or does it reflect the way a child would view the situation (war against animals)?

I believe that this movie is pretty nasty in depicting the humans who were hunting the animals, as they sort of had a vendetta against the animals. While this war against the animals is very interesting and incredibly hilarious to watch, I believe that it does not reflect the way a child would view this situation. This movie did poorly in attracting audiences partly because many children would have a hard time viewing the situation of the war the humans had on the animals. 


2 thoughts on “Fantastic Mr Fox

  1. To comment on your critical paragraph, I think that the film does a good job of making the conflict between the three mean farmers and the animals black and white for children. They give the farmers no redeemable qualities, they make them seem like the mean kind of old men that would tell children to stop playing on their lawns. I also think that one of the cues in the film that makes me think this way is the part where we hear the children’s song describing Boggis, Bunce and Bean as the meanest farmers in the land.

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