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Our first look at THE FANTASTIC MR FOX via Wes Anderson!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with the coolest thing I've seen in my email box today thanks to FilmsActu.Com! For quite some time we've been hearing that Wes Anderson (genius) - has been working on an adaptation of Roald Dahl's FANTASTIC MR FOX in stopmotion animation. And we know that this film is coming November 13th from Fox Searchlight with a voice cast that includes Bill Murray, George Clooney, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Brian Cox, Garth Jennings, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Michael Gambon, Meryl Streep and Roman Coppola. And folks - this is what it looks like... click to make huger...

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  • July 17, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by chrisdosmil


  • July 17, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Garth Jennings?

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent


  • July 17, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    thought he was a director...

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

  • July 17, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST

    What the hell's the Fantastic Mr. Fox?

    by axel fff

    Can't really tell much about this from stills. Need to see these things in action to know if this worth getting excited about.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST


    by LUZER

    My first thought was the CGI in the first picture looked OK, but not great...then read it was stop-motion. I think we've hit the point of being a bit over-critical.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    That's stop motion work?

    by Gwai Lo

    Looks like CG

  • July 17, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Porn knock off - The Fantastic Mr. Cox

    by JuanSanchez

    Ron Jeremy can play a badger or something.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    by otm shank

    The story of Tom Rothman?<p> (Ducks to avoid random items thrown in my direction.)

  • July 17, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST

    The furries are gonna go nuts

    by FeralAngel

    Furry anthro FOXES wearing clothes!!! That's porn for furries. As a non-furry all I can say is: Meh. Read the "Fantastic Mr. Fox" book to my little sister once, found it rather dull. Hard to believe anyone could think it'd make a good full-length film. Doubt I'll see it. Might be good for the kiddies, though...

  • July 17, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST


    by Banzai Rootskibango

    Wes Anderson is one of the most amazing directors working these days...incredible cast! Can't wait!

  • July 17, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Good to see Roald Dahl getting some love again

    by tolomey

    That guy's books defined my childhood. The BFG was amazing, as was George's Marvellous Medicine (which caused me to get grounded for the summer holidays after attempting a marvellous medicine of my own, using my mum's perfume and other noxious chemicals).<br> My favourite has to be Danny Champion Of The World. How's about hollywood gives that the big screen treatment it deserves?

  • July 17, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar


  • July 17, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I'm in.

    by Magnum Opus

    At first I just wished Anderson was spending his time making another classic, but now I think maybe he is...

  • July 17, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    this will definitely be the FOXES COCKSES!

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    well? it will.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Kurt Russell already did it ...

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

  • July 17, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    And that's some good looking stop motion

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    At first glance, I thought that shit was CGI. I'm glad to hear it isn't. Personally, I'm sick of that shit.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Where's the NEWS about Abrams Trek comic?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    The amount of cum JJ spurted over you AICN guy's, you MUST be slipping not posting this news.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Hate to be an absolute shit, but........

    by beastie

    Does actively avoid other movie news sites? I'm sincerely asking. Because, sometimes, like with this story, they're a week late. But other movie news sites have no problem siting AICN.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    CITING. not siting. sorry.

    by beastie

  • July 17, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by smackfu

  • July 17, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Poor American kids; no Roald Dahl for you.

    by Sepulchrave

    And we get EB White and Norton Juster and L Frank Baum and Shel Silverstein and the rest of your guys.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    George's Marvellous Medicine

    by Sepulchrave

    or 'How to Poison Your Most Disliked Aged Relation'. They'll never adapt that, or there'll be copycats and lawsuits everywhere.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Candid Shot

    by magsweeto

    "Oh Hi! I didn't hear you come in. I was just admiring my picture of badgers."

  • July 17, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    We get Roald Dahl in the US.

    by little_lebowski

    It's just that most of the kids who grew up to be Talkbackers are barely literate.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST

    My favorite book as a kid.

    by CoursinLarry

    I was dying to see ANYTHING from this movie. And, to be honest, it sorta gives me the creeps. I can't fucking wait.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Looks like fetish fuel

    by BillEmic

    for all you furries out there.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:09 a.m. CST


    by Charlie & Tex

    UK readers will probably feel the strangest urge to play online Bingo after looking at these images..

  • July 17, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    Daniel Radcliffe found that he has pubes on his balls and has since announced the end of the Harry Potter series. Btw can't wait to see another WA flick even though TDL sucked.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Whatever, Wes Anderson gains 10,000,000 credibility

    by smackfu

    for not doing this in CGI

  • July 17, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I thought the trailer was supposed to be

    by Dingbatty

    out by now? Anyhow, looking a little more furry than Quentin Blake, but will withhold judgment until seeing the trailer. The book is my fave of Dahl's juvenile fic.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Selick was originally supposed to work

    by Dingbatty

    on this, but he jumped ship for Coraline.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by zikade zarathos

    I didn't even know this was finally coming out this year. This just jumped to the top of my dying to see list.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    It's not CGI

    by ThePilgrim

    The models were made on a computer and printed out, all of the facial expressions were probably pain stakingly keyframed and printed as well. Same thing that was done in Coraline. The models perfect symmetry added to the transitions from expressions and speach looking so fluidly perfect is what causes people to think it's CGI. But technically it's not. Iron Mans costume was sculpted on a computer and rapid proto printed into the real world, same thing goes for the crystal skull. The new t600's the computer is being used to make lots of real world props. Using a computer to print up all of the heads and hands and such cuts down on time and givems them more swapable heads and hands and props then they could have made on their own. Jack in the The nightmare before had 800 switchable heads. Coraline has 10,000.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    I may be biased as I have loved everything Anderson has done thus far....but WOW. THIS is what I have been waiting for !

  • July 17, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    I'm sort of sick of Wes Anderson.

    by veebeeyes

    Bottle Rocket was Decent, Tenenbaums and Rushmore were great, but Life Aquatic and Darjeeling sucked.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    You take that back, what you said about Team Zissou

    by ThePilgrim

    You take it back, veebeeys..

  • July 17, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    A day before my Birthday, sweet!

    by Orionsangels

  • July 17, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    They need to remake MATILDA.........

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The Danny DeVito movie was fun to watch...but there's still so much potential there.<BR><BR> I dare a filmmaker to make a less kiddie Matilda...PG or PG-13 even. One that is VERY true to the book.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST


    by benito

    That's the news I really wanna hear.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    A Tim Burton, PG-13 MATILDA would be awesome.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    A book that actually has some strong themes.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Of all of Anderson's films

    by Toilet_Terror

    the one I keep thinking about is The Life Aquatic. I don't necessarily think it's his best film, but I can't remember a time when I found myself idly thinking about Tenenbaums or Rushmore.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Who gives a shit

    by Doitnowimhere

    about this stupid foxy shit. Ha

  • July 17, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by palimpsest

  • July 17, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I had no idea he was doing this

    by MorganLeafy

    but I'm glad he is. Wes Anderson = one of the few real talents in Hollywood at the moment. This Roald Dahl character I've never heard of before but I'm sure he's a capable writer as well.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Looks perfect.

    by TELF

    Loved that book so much. Hope they do the bit where they all get shit-faced on cider.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Weird that AICN never mentioned this before.

    by Dingbatty

    I've mentioned it in threads a few times, to obliviousness.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:57 a.m. CST

    I dunno...Mr. Fox looks a little too "normal"

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Too conventional? <BR> Look at the book illustrations...he's do I put it? classic Daffy Duck or something.<BR><BR> I kinda expected that Looney Tunes-esque rubber-bandy feel to the character animation. Like when classic Daffy goes nuts.<BR><BR> I expected the evil farmers too look the same way...all dispropotioned and stuff...

  • July 17, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Looks good but still, its a 20th Century Fox film...

    by Gabba-UK

    So fuck it, boycotting it out of principle.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Danny -

    by Abhimanyu

    was made into a Jeremy Irons movie, if I remember correctly. And as much as I liked the Witches and Matilda, I don't think the madcap/ justice combination of Roald Dahl has been correctly done 100% yet. The best was James and the Giant Peach, but only the animated part of it, bringing it back to "real life" really messed up the tone...

  • July 17, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    That doesn't look very Stop Motion... Looks very CGI to me

    by D.Vader

    Which is very, very weird.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I had no interest in seeing The Darjeeling Limited

    by D.Vader

    I don't enjoy watching a filmmaker repeat himself, excuse me, or RIP himself off. <p> Here's a great example of someone that needs to grow as a filmmaker. I hope this is his first step.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Gutted -- those fox puppets look shit.

    by ODM

    Thought they'd look more worn and "classier"... they look too cheesy.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    It ain't CGI

    by Traintrack1

    Someone I know was involved in making the models. I think the storys been changed a bit as well - I believe there may well be a possum involved. Something like that anyway.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    This looks nothing like the Fantastic Four I grew up with

    by mediamole

  • July 17, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Tolomey - Danny Champion of the World

    by smirker

    Awesome Roald Dahl Book, already given the (small) screen treatment... excellent though

  • July 17, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    To all the people who think this looks CG

    by smirker

    Are you blind? Seriously.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    ThePilgrim - nicely done

    by LightninBolt

    Quick wit. This should be great. the story is slight but solid, short stories often make the best movies. This will be way more appealing than Coraline. Ghostbusters 3 would be a great job for Wes, well great for us, crap for Wes.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Stopmotion is UGLY

    by estacado1

    We have cg now. It can do things faster and prettier. Stopmotion just looks ugly and jerky. I just can't continue watching a stopmotion movie knowing what could be achieved with cg. I would be more enthusiastic about watching Coraline, or this Fox movie if it were made with cg, or even hand drawn 2d animation, rather that stopmotion. It is just THAT ugly.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Thats fucking weird

    by barnaby jones

    its that kind of shit that keeps me awake at night !

  • July 17, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    CG is soulless. Stop motion is artful labor.

    by Dingbatty

  • July 17, 2009, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Pretty bold, using fur on the miniatures,

    by Dingbatty

    because of the "boiling," though Selick says that boiling is considered beautiful in stop motion.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Saw a preview screening of this a few months ago

    by 11dayempire

    It was fucking brilliant.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST



    Where's the fucking trailer? Also why was Blanchett dropped?

  • July 17, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST



    ... did voice work on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He played one of the mice.

  • July 17, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by benito

    GHOSTBUSTERS 3!!!!!!!!

  • July 17, 2009, 5:56 a.m. CST

    love the book, love stop-motion

    by Muki

    this is going to great!

  • July 17, 2009, 6 a.m. CST

    Stop-motion is ugly?

    by Toilet_Terror

    You'd rather everything was CGI? <p>How about this: fuck right off. Fuck right off the planet.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    His first movie was his best

    by Laserhead

    And they've gone steadily downhill since.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see the three bastard farmers..

    by Jugs

    ..loved, loved, loved this book as a child.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Best Animated Feature is going to be mighty interesting!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    This is one of those years where 3 nominees won't be enough. Hopefully, there will be 5 nominees this year.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Wes Anderson needs to make the sequel to 12 Rounds

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Until then, I'll pass.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Because Im too lazy to Google it

    by JackRabbitSlim

    What was the Roald Dahl story about the guy who could see through cards? <p> And, yes, I'm aware my nick's namesake ripped Mr Dahl for his Four Rooms bit. Good artists copy and all that - and too bad Q couldn't put the kicker in with the gf who appears at the end, missing most of her phlanges.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Genius my ass

    by caruso_stalker217

  • July 17, 2009, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Wow, stop-motion has come a long way

    by bah

    That almost looks CGI-realistic.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    We've got him, Sepulchrave

    by bah

    I admit I don't know some of the titles mentioned. But the Wonka books of course, the BFG, Mr Fox, Danny, Giant Peach, those are all staples here (or were twenty years ago at least. I still see them prominently displayed in book stores).

  • July 17, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Vive le stop motion!

    by Flyingcircus

    Sweet! CGI can suck it and suck it hard. All of you who are saying CGI is soulless are spot on and get a big gold star for the day.

  • July 17, 2009, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by standundermyumbrella

    Its a FOX movie, NOT FOX searchlight. I know that pains you, but still ,get your facts straight

  • July 17, 2009, 7:37 a.m. CST

    fuck any motherfucker that hates on Life Aquatic

    by future help

    that movie is as cool as the Big Lebowski and Jackie Brown (in the same way that it just gets better and better with each viewing)Anderson is in the top 5 American directors working today.

  • July 17, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    This is the best talkback for ages

    by LightninBolt

    11dayempire can you elaborate?

  • July 17, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Looks like those creepy adverts for Foxy Bingo


    You know what I'm talking about.

  • July 17, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    The Royal Tenenbaums is one of the all time greats.

    by iwasredempted

    Gene Hackman was brilliant in it. it is one of the movies i can just watch over and over again. Silence of the Lambs and Shawshank Redemption are other moives i can just watch over and over again. No wasted frame of film. Tight movies.

  • July 17, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    forgot to mention Unforgiven as one of the movies i can put on a

    by iwasredempted

  • July 17, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by iwasredempted

  • July 17, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by DirkD13"

    I remember watching that on Jackanory back in the 80s, and being absolutely mesmerised by the mentalism of Rik Mayall. Thanks for the link.

  • July 17, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by Series7


  • July 17, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Ahhhh I thought this sounded fishy

    by Series7

    Bill Murray doing voice work again...and this looks surprisingly like Garfield? Luckily Murray has been the best part for most of Wes' film (including being the only good part about the Darjdingaling thing).

  • July 17, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    hey 11dayempire

    by FailureAtTheCave

    Did the screening you saw still contain narration by Jarvis Cocker? And if so, I hope you're not one of the idiots who "reacted poorly to his Sheffield accent", and caused his bit to get cut from the film...

  • July 17, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Love Anderson, love Dahl, love foxes, love stop motion

    by WT

    Bingbingbing, that's pretty much my checklist. Coraline showed us the potential of how far you can go with stop motion. I have to say I enjoyed Burton's version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, esp. Depp ("The best kind of prize is a SURprise!")

  • July 17, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    I'll take that as a recommendation, Subtitles Off

    by D.Vader

    I don't know many people that actually saw it, but if you say you thought it represented growth as a filmmaker for Anderson, I'll check it out.

  • July 17, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    i'm going to find and destroy ANYONE who hates

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    on the Life Aquatic. i don't know how yet... possibly with dynamite.

  • July 17, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Oh good Lord

    by Chesterfield Slacks

    I believe, to be perfectly honest, and correct me if I am indeed in error, the lovely images of the aforementioned "Fox" characters, in which we can clearly see fine details therein, are, in fact, merely photographic stills of...ahem...puppets. Yes, I dare say that they are, indeed, puppets.

  • July 17, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    So, a Wes Anderson stop-motion animated film...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...shot with wide-angle lenses, with a "quirky" pop soundtrack and talented comedic actors acting too "cool" to deliver any punchlines?<BR><BR>Still, even though Anderson movies aren't my cup of tea (he's clearly a talented filmmaker, but I just don't "get" his movies, and believe me, I've tried), it's still pretty goddamn awesome that we're getting so many stop-motion animated features this year (Coraline was brilliant).

  • July 17, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    not made on computer

    by matildasmum

    thePilgrim - I'm sorry to tell you that these puppets were not modeled on a computer, they were sculpted by hand. Not like Coraline, more like The Corpse Bride.

  • July 17, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    I concur. LIFE rules.

  • July 17, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar - fucking awesome! Never read Mr. Fox, but I like the look of those stills.

  • July 17, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Henry Sugar is much under-rated

    by WT

    Not so well known and not sure if you could stretch it to feature length, but I reckon someone could have fun with it.

  • July 17, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by benito

    I agree and your name is awesome. An airbag saved my life.

  • July 17, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Correction: first looks CG....

    by bah

    Second looks like a shitty animatronic at a second-rate Chuck-E-Cheez knockoff.

  • July 17, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    hey benito you're right...

    by iwasredempted

    good radiohead reference. fantastic album.

  • July 17, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    One of my favorite Dahl books

    by Boneyard

    Can't wait to see the three farmers/hunters. Will they be real actors or charactures? Is this film all digital? With Andersen in charge, I have great hopes - although I was disappointed by both James & the Giant Peach and the re-make of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. And when in God's name is someone going to make "Willy Wonka and the Glass Elevator"? That book is like "Aliens" for kids! I need to see me a digital Vermicious Knid!

  • July 17, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I love the book

    by photoboy

    I also have a great audiobook of it being read by Roald Dahl himself. I can't wait to see what Boggis and Baggs and Bean (one fat, one short, one mean) look like in stop-motion!

  • July 17, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    much appreciated.

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    anyone who's a fan of both The Life Aquatic AND Radiohead is cool in my book.

  • July 17, 2009, noon CST

    It's not CG

    by Shaner Jedi

    it's stop motion being done over in England by many of the same folks who did The Corpse Bride and even some animators from Coraline.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    They DID make a more mature MATILDA...

    by DeanCubed

    It was called "CARRIE"

  • July 17, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    That first fox kinda looks like Adrien Brody at an angle...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    the fox in the pajamas kinda sorta looks like Owen Wilson.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Nice to hear this.

    by Mel Garga

    I personally enjoy the heck out of Wes' films. What do you think Mr. Littlejeans?

  • July 17, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Matilda was brilliant

    by WT

    Danny DeVito got to the heart of the book and Pam Ferris is one scaryass Trunchbull. In my opinion, Wes Anderson is a distinct director with a personal style. I think it's art. Now just because I think doesn't mean everyone will like it. Like art, we all have our preferences and thoughts on what they do/do not mean. But like I said before, this seems like a lovely combination of things I love.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Is Mr. Littlejeans the name of your cock?

    by GetEveryone

    Really like the look of the first picture, the second one looks off though. Something about the Fox's face. Hopefully its just an unfortunate shot. Regardless, I quite like most of Anderson's output, so I'm looking forward to this.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Its no Team America

    by Series7

    What the fuck happened to Matt and Trey? Are they just enjoying their money now? The last good thing they did was imagination land. The last season or so of South Park blew. And Kenny Vs. Spenny sucked.

  • July 17, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    The Darjeeling Limited...

    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    was a HUGE letdown for me. I hope this won't be.

  • July 17, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Come on, people--MR FOX = Brian Austin Green!!!

    by YackBacker

    Do I ahve to make all the terrible jokes 'round here?

  • July 17, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    But Yack, there's nothing "fantastic" about that "Mr. Fox"

    by finky089

    In fact, I don't think he's technically even "Mr. Fox" anymore.

  • July 17, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Horrible creepy-cute eyes...

    by Disco_sucks

    ...and yes, I know they're foxes. But it still looks wrong.

  • July 17, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by ChaunceyGardiner

    GetEveryone, I had a similar reaction to the second still. In comparison to the first shot, with all its similitude to life (if in real life there were polo wearing foxes in well-read dens turning to address the camera with anything other than a snarl, or to run the hell away - but I'm not dissing foxes, the foxes in "Grizzly Man" were great, they get an A+), the second shot looks a little lifeless. Here's, I think, a key to the difference: look at the eyes of Mr. Fox ("LOOK DEEPLY INTO THEM!" - said in stereotypically unsettling Eastern-European accent), there's like a key light shining right in his eyeball in that second shot. It sort of flattens out any potential depth, somewhat ruining the illusion of this talking fox (in really swell pajamas). BUT! there is an upside, potentially... another big difference in the two shots is the difference in tone and what each is trying to capture. The first shot one is capturing motion, which, considering that this is a doll with tiny clothes and tiny expressions tailored by big clumsy human hands inside a tiny room with three walls or less, it comes off terrifically. I mean, look at all the posts here (and whether they are informed or not is far beside the point) - a good percentage of this board initially thought that these images, especially NUMERO ONE, were CGI. I mean, wow. And so that brings us to our disputed shot. It is contemplative, a pinnacle moment in the film, not light hearted AT ALL. It is the potrait of the starving Fox family cowering in a burrowed hole (with a fellow mamalian friend! We were told that one of the story expansions was the inclusion of the Fox family's fellow tenants of the hill the farmers destroy in order to get at Mr. Fox. These innocent bystanders, these civilian casualities will come to Mr. Fox for advice, for quick-witted escape, and possibly they come to denounce him, for retribution). This screen capture comes at a much more emotional, and harrowing, moment in the film. And if you look at all the other characters, they are all expressing differing, very personal emotions, unique to each character as they face this uncertainty together, and individually - the shit is hitting the fan, "Is Dad going to save us?" And this comes off. Hot-Dammit! does it ever! I mean, really, I can't believe how emotive Anderson and his team have made these wonderful creations. What I think what we are seeing in Mr. Fox is emotion: the terror of realizing your family is in danger and the heartbreaking realization that you have no clue how to get them out of this, the fear of failing. That's what we are seeing. And quite possibly, could that key light be a tear? The most despair this lightning starter has ever seen - and his family is there to see it. If you haven't noticed it by now, Wes Anderson is one the great chroniclers of the family unit. He captures the dynamics in a way few can even claim they attempted (his portrayl of the Whitman brotehrs in "the Darjeeling Limited" is one of his greatest accomplishments in a very unique career, one that helped me see my friends differently, how I've coped with them in lieu of my own male siblings, my lack thereof, how I've always envied those with brothers, their safety net). HOLY SHIT GUYS! We are seeing Anderson's themes already and all we've got is two, albeit beautiful, screen shots! That's an auteur. That's somebody finding a rhythm that only they can explore, in thier own wonderfully idiosyncratic way. "Bottle Rocket, "Rushmore," "The Royal Tennenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "The Darjeeling Limited," "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." Wow guys, how lucky we are to get to be here for this. It's the simple pleasures - like watching a guy on a roll do the tightrope act, balance plates and bowling balls, somebody throws a hat up to join the collection growing on the top of his nose, making us feel like part of the act, we hold our breath. Great stuff. One of film's great highwire acts this guy. In Conclusion: one is a great production still, the other one is all that we are missing (and we are already blessed to have what we have of Anderson's films - plus, Owen Wilson's best and most heartfelt performances, as only a friend can bring out in another, a intergral part of one the other's career and style). I could go on like this for at least a day. Really.

  • July 17, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    OH, about Jarvis Cocker...

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    He is a voice, and is contributing three or four songs (and I think that they were written specifically for the film).

  • July 17, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Hey Subtitles_Off

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    You ever see the version of "the Wind in the Willows" (also known as "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride") with most of the Monty Python troupe? Terry Jones directed it, too. Stephen Fry and Steve Coogan are in it, too. And it was made by Disney. Wow. But really, it is a strange little oddity, and pretty amazing that it was made, and even more amazing that it is as much fun as it is - I mean, Terry Jones is painted green and has a weird bloated body. A madcap tone (may not please a purist of the original stories) that is truly childish. Monty Python's got a knack with children's stuff though - my first exposure to them was even before I saw "The Wind in the Willows" (somewhere around '96 - I must have been about 15 but dadgummit if remembering it I felt like such a kid, delighted and red rolling with laughter). That exposure came in the form of "Transformers: The Movie." Yeah baby, the animated movie with Orson Welles voicing a planet devourer. Oh yeah. And right there in the middle was Eric Idle as one of the most interesting characters in the movie as an inhabitant of the Siberia-like trashdump planet where the characters are exiled to after the loss of their leader, OPTIMUS PRIME. Yes, this is how we will remember "the Transformers." Never really had money for the toys, but man, I had that movie (one of those free summer movies for kids - and was I ever enthralled. Plus, "SHIT!").

  • July 18, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Looks like royal tennenbaums with foxes

    by bottombrick

    Its cool that they aren't CGI though, fuck some CGI.

  • July 18, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST

    The Further Adventures Of Foxy Bingo

    by penhapus

    (which is a TV advert in the UK)

  • July 18, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST

    It looks like an ad for Foxy Bingo!


    How come nobody else mentioned this?<p>Oh wait. Five others already did.

  • July 18, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Crimeny,Jarvis as well!!!

    by WT

    Different Class was one of the best £3 I ever spent.

  • July 18, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Henry Sugar

    by celebritydave

    was bloody great. must have read that a dozen times as a kid. "Boy" was also great. i like how his wife is whoring out all his books now hes dead.

  • July 19, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    What's with the sans-a-belt slacks?

    by FlipTheFrog


  • July 22, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the screening I saw still had Jarvis Cocker narration.

    by 11dayempire

    It was about 60-75% complete; lots of armatures still in shot that hadn't been CGI'd out, a few sequences in storyboard/animatic form only. Flowed very nicely - the big debate among idiot moviegoers seemed to be whether the use of the phrase "Cuss it" was confusing or not. Personally, I think it was perfect as it was.

  • July 31, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Looks like CGI

    by brodiebruce_405

    Really, what was the point of doing stop-motion and making it look like CGI?