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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Saw 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' finally last night. I must have been the only British kid in the world who hadn't read any Roald Dahl, so I went in with only a rudimentary knowledge of the plot (fox loses his tail, steals chickens.)

I really really enjoyed it. It had such a weird, retro style to the animation, and everything was designed so uniquely. The characters were long and skinny and danced like bendy Jack Skellingtons, but what really stuck out for me was the... acting, I suppose. Everything felt so real. The characters didn't speak in that way movie characters speak, they spoke like real people. They mumbled, and had that natural intonation you only hear in 'fake real' programmes like The Office or sleeper indie movies. It was wonderful and charming. And because of it, it just didn't have the same humour as pretty much all modern animated movies. Turn the characters into weird humans and you've got a one of those arty cute movies, but I guess that's what Wes Anderson does.

There were moments that left me going 'is this genuine? are they gunning for genuine emotion? or is this entirely tongue in cheek?'

Like the bit with the wolf, or the rat's death, I mean. I wasn't sure if I was meant to go along with the emotions (though I often did anyway), or if it was all deliberately ott for the humour of it. Either way, the wolf part was so out of it and otherworldy, I loved it anyway. It was just so... odd.

Another quick example of when the movie was surprisingly REAL was when she stood with Fox and said yes, of course she loved him, but "I should never have married you." It really stood out. It was a wonderful tug at the ol' heartstrings..

Oh, and I LOVED the kids singing the 'Boggis, Bunce, and Bean' song, too. It was almost creepy.

All in all, very good. Would watch again A+++



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Nov. 11th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Boggis and Bunce and Bean!
One fat, one skinny, one mean!

I think is how it goes.
I'd forgotten all about it, but very glad they kept that in!
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, even I'VE read that book.
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