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I am a big fan of director Wes Anderson so in honor of Isle of Dogs coming out this week. I decided to review his first full stop motion animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox surrounds the life of a fox who promises his wife to stop being a thief so they can live a normal life when he discovers she is pregnant. But after a good amount of time, Mr. Fox is longing for adventure again and recruits a possum to help rob his human neighbors of their goods. But these human neighbors turn out to be animal hunters which causes Mr. Fox, his family, and his animal friends to be in danger.

I’m pretty sure I have liked every stop-motion film I have ever seen. There’s the Wallace and Gromit films, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Laika films such as Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. And sure enough I liked Fantastic Mr. Fox. The animation is done pretty spectacularly and has all the Wes Anderson-isms in the film as well. There’s symmetrical shots, use of bright color palettes (in this case orange), use of the same actors, and of course stop motion.

George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Jason Swartzman all give great voice work. I particularly liked the family rivalry between Ash, a wanna-be athlete, and Kristofferson, a zen karate expert fox. The possum, Kylie, is an also stand out character for me. The film has great funny moments and lines and is very whimsical and unique like all Wes Anderson films. It is all around enjoyable, though, for me is a tad forgettable, none of the characters or settings really stuck with me like Anderson’s other movies.

I give the film a B.

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