Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

I saw Fantastic Mr. Fox last night. It’s a stop-motion movie based on the book by Roald Dahl and directed by Wes Anderson and is therefore appropriately weird and difficult to pin down.

Anderson’s attention to detail is too much to take in. A second viewing might be necessary to fully appreciate what the hell’s going on. I recently re-watched Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Royal Tenenbaums and enjoyed them more the second time around, especially The Royal Tenenbaums. His movies seem designed for multiple viewings. I plan to watch Rushmore and The Dargeeling Limited this weekend.

Anyone familiar with his movies?

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

7 Replies to “Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox””

  1. familiar…yup…..seen them all…the life of a stay home dad/corrupt politition wearing furry slippers eating bon bons and watching movies.. Rushmore was my favorite…with the train one coming in second….I may have to do as you and watch the other ones again..the fishy one did not do it for me…. but I did not enjoy blade runner the first time I saw it and now it is one of my favorites…. wes sure likes using bill murray..

    just heard the review of Mr.Fox on cbc…their reviewer seemed to have enjoyed it..referred to it being george cloony’s best part in years….

    I am debating wether to go see the Road or not….

  2. The Life Aquatic is one of my favorite movies. I don’t own it though. On an unrelated note, xmas is coming up.


  3. I thought it was okay. Jenny loved it. It’s clever and it looks good, but I couldn’t slip into the strange reality of the movie. It’s not for small kids.

    I need to see it again.

  4. “It’s not for small kids.”

    whatta about a somewhat twisted twelve year old girl…..eeeesh as I typed that I realized that does not look good….

    thinking of taking anja

    the bishop thing in antigonish came up in a conversation in market today…I realized I could in complete honesty say that I was an altar boy in that diocise…

    I used to serve communion with my uncle who was a priest…eeeesh as I typed that I realized that does not look good….

    anyway it made for a great conversation stopper…love that……

  5. I saw this with an 11 yr. old boy who whooped and thumbed-up during the whole thing. I liked it, I just wasn’t bowled over. I didn’t like the old, dusty taxidermy look of the characters and their rotty looking teeth. The story is unique and, quite frankly seemed to be a spaghetti western in disguise. I swear one of the humans looked like Lee Van Cleef.

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