Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009
Directed By: Wes Anderson
Genre: Stop Motion Animated Comedy Film
The visual narrative of the film was so sophisticated in its creativity, and when I thought of the film I remember seeing the yellow-orange color combination with small wild animals digging holes for hours to survive from the meanest, ugliest, greedy farmers named Boggis, Bunce, and Beans. Fantastic Mr. Fox was a book published in 1970 by Roald Dahl and adapted into a screenplay by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, then materialized into a stop-motion animation film with voices of George Clooney as Mr. Fox, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray.
What’s so good about the movie?
The book’s adaptation as a stop-motion animated film was a fascinating idea because it gives more life to its characters, although it’s a laborious process to come up with for its meticulous and detailed nature of work needs to apply in each frame to achieve a spectacular composition of storytelling, it is one of the reasons why I think the movie itself was good, and it was a Wes Anderson Film, I have seen a lot of his movies, his style, and techniques used in all his works was undeniable work of a real artist, his creativity applied to technology like that of stop-motion animation adds more dynamics and humor to its characters that goes along with it.
What was the story all about?
Mr. Fox (George Clooney) tried 12 fox years controlling his animalistic instincts not to steal to anyone again as a promised to his wife Felicity (Meryl Streep) while trapped in a fox trap after stealing a squab whatever that is, for years he lives a normal life in a hole as a newspaperman, with his wife and their cob Ash (Jason Schwartzman) he feels poor living in a hole, so for a change he bought a property in a tree where he can see everything in the plain above the ground, the only problem is, his ambition above ground means he will live with a neighborhood adjacent to the 3 meanest farmers in the world and I’m not exaggerating that, but in my point of view Foxy has a plan the moment he sees that opportunity despite the warning of Badger (Bill Murray) without hesitation and even if it means failing a promise to his wife.
What so morally questionable about the story?
Fox nature of stealing was the driving force of the story even from the beginning, it was his refusal to change that has deliberately put his entire community in trouble, he stole from those three farmers angering them, destroying their home and the rest of the wild animals that live underground but it was also his perseverance and cleverness that saved them from hunger. The writer made all the farmers looked like they are really mean and greedy, to justify fox’s stealing ok, but stealing as we know is morally incorrect. But we feel for them because they are animals, and depriving food and shelter because of greed and pride will result in nature’s karma, Although it is morally incorrect to steal Mr. Fox only steals because he and his family need to survive, and besides they are the meanest, nastiest, ugliest and richest farmers in the world so I guess that settles it. 😁😁😁
©️ Eessangj December 2020