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The Fantastic Mr. Fox Reviews Move In

Published October 15, 2009 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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The Fantastic Mr. Fox has grown on me - a lot. I first wasn't all that geeked on the project. But the more videos I saw the more and more I came on board. Now I'm excited to see it - in theaters.

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Since it took some convincing for me, I can't help but be curious to see what the first reviews have to say about what is being called the anti-CGI toon. Since CGI toons have typically been solid over the past half decade, I don't really know if that is a good description or a bad one. Take a gander below.

So old-fashioned as to look like something brand new, the stop-motion-animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is as recognizably a Wes Anderson film as any of his previous features. Roald Dahl's 1970 children's favorite about a fox clan and friends eluding human predators has been transformed into a tale of odd family dynamics stemming from the behavior of an eccentric patriarch. The film's style, paradoxically both precious and rough-hewn, positions this as the season's defiantly anti-CGI toon, and its retro charms will likely appeal more strongly to grown-ups than to moppets; it's a picture for people who would rather drive a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 than a new one. B.O. for this Fox release will no doubt be closer to that of "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" than of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."

The screenplay sometimes overdoes the winking asides, and the film doesn't so much flow as jump from one set piece to the next. But with animation director Mark Gustafson, DP Tristan Oliver and production designer Nelson Lowry, Anderson has created a world as stylized and inventive as anything he's done. From the fox-red glow of a morning idyll to the noirish gutter scene where one character meets his end to the icy fluorescent glare of the film's closing scene -- happy but not without compromise -- "Fox" is a visual delight.

So it's an animated movie made for adults? I like it! Check out both reviews for The Fantastic Mr. Fox by clicking the bold links above.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox opens to theaters on November 13th.

For the trailer, poster and more movie info, go to the The Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie Page.

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