Fantastic mr. fox movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This charming animation based on a book is both cute and scary, best for parental guidance with young children. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a great animal survival film that’s perfect for families. Very entertaining, too!


Mr Fox, a family man, goes back to his ways of raiding farms for food, unable to resist his animal instincts. However, he finds himself trapped underground with his family when three farmers named Bogus, Bunce and Bean decide to kill them.

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Movie details

Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Wallace Wolodarsky, Owen Wilson
Writer: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
Release Date (Australia): 1 January 2010
Runtime: 87 minutes/1h 27m
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Language: English, French


Themes (PG)

The film contains thematic material such as perilous situations and threat inflicted by humans on animals, in addition to scary scenes, death and very mild crude humour.

Violence (PG)

There are animated depictions of animal characters being shot and electrocuted, as well as humans being set on fire.

Coarse Language (G)

The film contains crude language including use of the word “cuss”.

Sex (G)

The film contains very mild sexual innuendo.

mpaa rating

PG (for action, smoking and slang humor)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Wes Anderson couldn’t adapt Roald Dahl’s sweet fox tale into any better book adaptation without the refreshing use of stop motion animation. Choosing this classic animation technique over CGI or 2D animation was the perfect choice; it was one that hugely impacted the high adoration for Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Dahl’s original, adventurous, quirky and satisfying animals-versus-farmers tale was just brilliant. The plot alone would function correctly as an engaging story for families if constructed into a movie. The animation technique and the excellent work of the cast deserve most of the credit for the film. It’s visually appealing, the voice acting is perfect and it’s great to see a 2009 film use this animation technique.

The animation techniques combine very smoothly with the ideas. Pretty much every visual idea, from the characters’ eyes to the smokey fire, accomplished portraying the sweet but occasionally creepy story. Nothing could be better than the animation. And who could forget how creative, humorous and entertaining Fantastic Mr. Fox managed to be? This is an example of a true animation gem!

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