Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. 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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Visually, the movie is a wonder, with its profusion of detail and exquisitely focussed "performances" by the figurines, whom Anderson frames in images as precisely composed as those in his live-action work."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The same eye for immaculate compositions that had seemed increasingly to hem in his human actors here serves as the basis for some of the most inventive animated set pieces this side of Nick Park."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"If Fantastic Mr Fox feels like Anderson's freshest film since Rushmore, that can only be due to the animation. Beneath those tactile textures, there's nothing you could strictly call fantastic."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"It's the perfect animation format for Wes Anderson and makes permeable Anderson's frequently airtight outlook."
‑ Jody Seaborn, Austin American-Statesman
"Adorned with all the adolescent fetishes of his previous films, its stop-action animation world suits Anderson, allowing him to create the perfect playground for his deadpan sense of humor and relentless examination of familial anxiety."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Sometimes too clever by half, the film, replete with in-jokes, may in some ways work better for adults. Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwarztman also provide adept voice work."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Adds yet another wry, carefully composed bibelot to the cabinet of curios that defines the Anderson oeuvre."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Fantastic Mr. Fox is gorgeous and fanciful, with a glorious stop-motion animation style of its own."
‑ Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade
"Though Anderson's trademark deadpan banter and clever silliness are in full force, the script is no less sophisticated than anything out of the filmmaker's catalogue."
‑ Cammila Albertson, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The resulting aural authenticity makes for a nice contrast with the look of the actual figurines, which aren't realistic but have been beautifully crafted and posed throughout the picture."
‑ Vanessa Farquharson, National Post
"A boisterous and magnificent treat."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"The result is not only marvellous whimsy, but also something that advances the burgeoning retro-tech movement."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"No matter how thin the narrative clay gets in this stop-motion animated piece, there's more than enough faux fur to make you purr from plush-toy flashbacks."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"This slender story is told with droll wit, clever staging and doll house charm thanks to Fox's use of old-fashioned, stop-motion animation."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"With its lush autumnal palette and hijinks worthy of Max Fisher or Dignan, the result is a film that only Wes Anderson could have made."
‑ Alisa Wilkinson, Paste Magazine
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