‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ looks, well…fantastic. Hate to sound like a bad film critic looking to get his quote tagged onto the add campaign…but it does. A stop motion animation movie directed by cult indie visionary Wes Anderson (‘Rushmore’, ‘Royal Tenenbaums’), based on a book by Roald Dahl, starring George Clooney and Meryl Streep, along with returning Anderson alum Bill Murray, Own Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Willem Dafoe. Such great combination’s of talent have gone wrong before of course, but this one seems right on the mark.
The most amazing thing is how much it still looks like a Wes Anderson film. Admittedly I’m judging from the trailer alone, but he still managed to transfer his very quirky style over from the live action film-making world (the music, the title-cards, distinctive colour schemes, foreground placed characters standing looking into camera, etc…).
Originally intended as a collaboration between Anderson and Henry Selick (director of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’). Selick ended up leaving the project to focus on ‘Coraline’, and now both films are up for Academy Awards in the Best Animated Film category.
Catch ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ from February 20 – 23, only at the Mayfair.