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"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of Mr. Fox (Voiced by George Clooney) who settles down into a regular life with Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep) and their son Ash (Jason Schwartzman).  However, Mr. Fox begins to yearn for his days of stealing chickens from the local farmers, and decides to do "one last score", stealing from the three main local farmers.  At the same time, Ash's cousin Kristopherson comes to stay with them for a while, causing some more resentment from Ash.  Of course, the farmers won't take Mr. Fox's attack on them without some revenge, and then their whole lives are thrown out of order.

 

Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2009, Color, PG, 87 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  MPEG-4 AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman
  • Directed by Wes Anderson
Rating
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  • Violence: Comic Violence
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Some cussing, no profanity

Commentary

Directed by Wes Anderson and adapted from the book by Roald Dahl, this was one of my favorite films of the past year, and one that I'll certainly come back to again and again.  With all the quirky humor that Wes Anderson is known for, and a stop motion animation technique that seems to match that sense of humor, it was a short, but incredibly enjoyable 87 minutes to watch.  I'm not sure how much kids would enjoy it compared to adults, but for me it was really one of the highlights of 2009.

Technical

Using stop motion animation, Fantastic Mr. Fox was captured using Nikon D3 DSLR cameras, and has a straight digital transfer that looks absolutely fantastic.  There is a ton of fine detail present on the models that were used for the film, and I really have nothing at all to complain about with it.  The soundtrack is nice as well, though with less use of the surrounds than I am used to with modern films.  Like all Wes Anderson films, it has a very nice soundtrack as well that comes through loud and clear across the front soundstage.

Extras

The disc is a little lacking on extras, with a small movie guide to Whack-Bat, the World of Roald Dahl, the theatrical trailer, and a making of featurette.  The Making Of section is interesting as you can see how they design and make the models that are used for the film, and how amazingly time consuming it is.  All of the extras are also in 1080p or 1080i, which is nice to see now.