I saw the trailer a couple of times in the cinema last year and I didn't think I would like it. I wasn't ever that fond of the book as a child but what caught my attention to this film was that it received many positive reviews from magazines and websites and it has been a favourite of Best Animated Picture and a few other Oscar categories. Also, it has been called a film that has "revived original stop-motion". So I changed my mind about watching it. However, when I did watch it, I absolutely loved it!! Fantastic Mr. Fox is based on the loved novel with the same name by Roald Dahl. It became the first stop-motion film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Fantastic Mr. Fox had a fantastic cast! It featured the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe and Owen Wilson. Clooney provides the voice of Mr. Fox. He is a sneaky character who just wants to feed his family. He enjoys stealing chickens from the not-so-wise farmers. Meryl Streep is the voice of Mrs. Fox. She is the loving, caring yet very suspicious wife who is, obviously, the wife of Mr. Fox. Cate Blanchett was the originally the voice of Mrs. Fox was was replaced by Meryl Streep.
Wes Anderson has created a film that has revived old traditional stop-motion animation. I have been told that it is a crap film because of its cheesy animated effects and that is basically the point! You know, I don't think it would've been half as good if it was a computer generated film from DreamWorks like Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda or 20th Century Fox like Ice Age and Robots. The development on Fantastic Mr. Fox began in 2004. Henry Selick was going to work with Wes Anderson like in The life Of Steve Zissou but Selick left to direct Coraline instead. I seriously doubt that Fantastic Mr. Fox will win Best Animated Picture instead of Up but out of the other four nominated I would pick Fantastic Mr. Fox as the runner-up.
Overall, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a clever, funny and charming children's film that has proven itself to be one of the best accomplished animated films that have ever been made.