Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of Wes Anderson flicks. Starting with Bottle Rocket all the way through The Darjeeling Limited, I have enjoyed each and every one of his movies very much (some more than others). With that said, it should come as no surprise that I had really high expectations for his latest endeavor – Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Lucky for me, and anyone who has seen/wants to see Roald Dahl’s children’s novel come to life on the big screen, Anderson does not disappoint. In fact, Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. The story (duh, it’s a classic), the stop-motion animation, the soundtrack, and most all of the casting all come together to create a really fun and enjoyable experience.
I was literally smiling from start to finish. Not only does Anderson and Co. manage to capture the spirit of the original story, but the entire effort somehow also manages to feel fresh and new. Considering both the underlying story/plot and the form of animation are both decades old, this is no small feat. Oh, and in typical form, the soundtrack is great and adds a lot to the overall enjoyment of the movie.
Perhaps best of all, at least for fans of Anderson’s work, is the fact that he was able to both get across his signature visual style (through animation nonetheless), and that he included a number of his favorite muses (i.e. actors who appear in nearly all his films such as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson). All in all, this is a wonderful movie and one of the year’s best, animation or not.