Family-Faith Film Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Fantastic Mr. Fox —Droll stop-motion animated adventure, set in the animal world of rural Britain, in which the titular vulpine creature (voice of George Clooney), now a respectable newspaper columnist with a wife (voice of Meryl Streep) and son (voice of Jason Schwartzman), tries to recapture his wild past as a chicken thief poaching on local farms, but his renewed raiding, abetted by his daring nephew (voice of Eric Anderson), enrages a trio of mean-spirited farmers whose escalating countermeasures endanger the whole burrowing community. A touch of menace and a fleeting joke about Mrs. Fox’s youthful indiscretions aside, director and co-writer Wes Anderson’s clever, lovingly crafted adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1970 children’s book offers sophisticated family entertainment, with abundant fun for youngsters and a few insights into the tensions and paradoxes of human nature for adults. A-I — general patronage. (PG) 2009. Full Review of Fantastic Mr. Fox.
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