Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of Wes Anderson’s favorite books. Ever since he was child, he thought no one can make a better adaptation of the book other than himself. Once he became a filmmaker (as of today), he succeeded in creating a stop-motion animated adaptation not only for kids, but also for adults.
Mr. Fox (George Clooney) is living a fantastic life as a newspaper columnist, has a fantastic wife (Meryl Streep), a fantastic – albeit different – son (Jason Schwartzman), and fantastic friends. Before he moves into a tree home, Fox gets advice from Badger (Bill Murray) that the tree is located near the homes of three wealthy and mean farmers, Boggis (Robin Hurlstone), Bunce (Hugo Guinness) and Bean (Michael Gambon).
One day, Fox and his buddy Kyle the Opossum (Wally Wolodarsky) decide to raid the farmers’ to get some food. This drives the three farmers up the wall once they found out their food has been stolen. So Fox and his furry friends are forced to move underground to prevent from getting killed.
I had never seen animation that was funny and colorful until seeing Fantastic Mr. Fox. Wes Anderson puts so much energy into making the film. His usual quirks are so ingenious that it’s impossible not to laugh-out-loud. Not to mention the running gag where every character replaces every bad word in the book with the word “cuss”. That is censorship at its finest.