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Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wes Anderson
Produced by
Screenplay by
Starring
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Tristan Oliver
Editing by Andrew Weisblum
Studio
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14) (London Film Festival)
November 13, 2009 (2009-11-13) (United States)
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million
Money made $46.5 million

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop motion animated comedy film directed by Wes Anderson, based on Roald Dahl's 1970 children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who steals food at night from three mean and wealthy farmers. They are fed up with Mr. Fox's theft and try to kill him so they dig their way into the foxes' home. However, the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground.

The film stars the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Owen Wilson. Fantastic Mr. Fox was Wes Anderson's first fully animated film and first film adaptation. Development on the project began in 2004 as a collaboration between Anderson and Henry Selick (who worked with Anderson on the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) under Revolution Studios. In 2007, Revolution folded, Selick left to direct Coraline, and work on the film moved to 20th Century Fox. Production began in London in 2007. It was released in the United States on November 13, 2009, and received critical acclaim. The film also received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, but lost both to Up.

Plot

While raiding Berk's Squab Farm, Mr. Fox triggers a fox trap caging himself along with his wife Felicity. Felicity reveals to her husband that she is pregnant and pleads with him to find a safer job if they escape, and he agrees.

Two human years (12 fox years) later, the Foxes and their son Ash are living in a hole. Mr. Fox, now a newspaper columnist, moves the family into a better home inside a tree, ignoring the warnings of his lawyer, about how dangerous the area is for foxes due to its proximity to facilities run by three feared farmers: Boggis (a chicken farmer), Bunce (a duck and goose farmer) and Bean (a turkey and apple farmer).

Soon after the Foxes move in, Felicity's nephew, Kristofferson Silverfox, comes to live with them. Ash finds this situation intolerable; his cousin is superior to him at almost everything, and everyone is charmed by Kristofferson. Longing for his days as a thief, Mr. Fox and his friend Kylie, an opossum, steal produce and poultry from all three farms for three straight nights. Angered, the farmers decide to kill Mr. Fox. They camp out near his home, and when Mr. Fox emerges, they open fire but only manage to shoot off his tail. After demolishing the site of the tree while attempting to dig Mr. Fox out, they discover the Foxes have dug an escape tunnel. As the Foxes will have to surface for food and water, the farmers wait at the tunnel mouth. Underground, Felicity is upset that Mr. Fox returned to his thieving ways.

The group later encounters Badger and many other local animal residents whose homes have also been destroyed by the farmers. As the animals begin fearing starvation, Mr. Fox leads them on a digging expedition to tunnel to the three farms, robbing them.

While the other animals feast, Ash and Kristofferson begin to reconcile after Kristofferson defends Ash from a bully. The cousins return to Bean's farm, intending to reclaim the missing tail but Kristofferson gets captured.

Discovering that Mr. Fox has stolen their produce, the farmers and the fire chief flood the animals' tunnel network with some of Bean's cider, trapping the animals in the sewers.

Realizing that the farmers plan to use Kristofferson to lure him into an ambush, Mr. Fox heads to the surface to surrender, but returns when Rat, Bean's security guard, confronts the animals and attacks Ash and Felicity. A fight between Mr. Fox and Rat results in the latter being pushed into a generator, electrocuting him. Before dying, Rat reveals Kristofferson's location. Mr. Fox asks the farmers for a meeting in town near the sewer hub where he would surrender in exchange for Kristofferson's freedom.

The farmers prepare an ambush, but the animals, anticipating it, launch a counterattack that allows Mr. Fox, Ash, and Kylie to enter Bean's farm undetected. Ash frees Kristofferson and braves enemy fire to release a rabid beagle to keep the farmers at bay, allowing the group to escape.

The animals soon settle into their new homes in the sewers, inviting any other animals to join them. Soon after, Fox raids a grocery store belonging to Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, where Felicity reveals she's pregnant again as the animals dance in the aisle.

Cast

  • George Clooney as Mr. Fox
  • Meryl Streep as Felicity Fox
  • Jason Schwartzman as Ash Fox
  • Bill Murray as Clive Badger
  • Willem Dafoe as Rat
  • Michael Gambon as Franklin "Frank" Bean
  • Owen Wilson as Coach Skip
  • Wallace Wolodarsky as Kylie
  • Eric Anderson as Kristofferson Silverfox
  • Jarvis Cocker as Petey
  • Wes Anderson as Stan Weasel
  • Robin Hurlstone as Walter "Walt" Boggis
  • Hugo Guinness as Nathan "Nate" Bunce
  • Helen McCrory as Mrs. Bean
  • Juman Malouf as Agnes
  • Karen Duffy as Linda Otter
  • Roman Coppola as Squirrel Contractor
  • Garth Jennings as Bean's son
  • Brian Cox as Daniel Peabody
  • Steven Rales as Beaver
  • Jeremy Dawson as Beaver's Son
  • James Hamilton as Phil Mole
  • Jennifer Furches as Dr. Badger
  • Mario Batali as Rabbit
  • Allison Abbate as Rabbit's ex-girlfriend
  • Molly Cooper as Rabbit Girl
  • Adrien Brody as Mouse
  • Martin Ballard as Fire chief

Soundtrack

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released November 3, 2009
Recorded 2009
Studio Studio Guillaume Tell, Suresnes, France
Abbey Road Studios, London, England
Genre Film score
Rock music
Soundtrack album
Length 2:49
Label ABKCO Records
Producer Various artists
Wes Anderson film soundtrack albums chronology
The Darjeeling Limited: Original Soundtrack
(2007)
Fantastic Mr. Fox: Original Soundtrack
(2009)
Moonrise Kingdom (Original Soundtrack)
(2012)
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The score for the film was composed by Alexandre Desplat. Jarvis Cocker commented that he wrote "three, four" songs for the film, one of which was included on the soundtrack. The soundtrack also contains a selection of songs by The Beach Boys, The Bobby Fuller Four, Burl Ives, Georges Delerue, The Rolling Stones, and other artists. A soundtrack album for the film was released on November 3, 2009. It contains the following tracks:

Track listing

No. Title Artist Length
1. "American Empirical Pictures"   Alexandre Desplat 0:15
2. "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" (from Walt Disney's Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, 1955) The Wellingtons 1:40
3. "Mr. Fox in the Fields"   Alexandre Desplat 1:03
4. "Heroes and Villains" (from Smiley Smile, 1967) The Beach Boys 3:37
5. "Fooba Wooba John" (from Little White Duck, 1959) Burl Ives 1:07
6. "Boggis, Bunce, and Bean"   Alexandre Desplat 0:51
7. "Jimmy Squirrel and Co."   Alexandre Desplat 0:46
8. "Love" (from Walt Disney Productions' Robin Hood, 1973) Nancy Adams 1:49
9. "Buckeye Jim" (from Little White Duck, 1959) Burl Ives 1:19
10. "High-Speed French Train"   Alexandre Desplat 1:26
11. "Whack-Bat Majorette"   Alexandre Desplat 2:57
12. "The Grey Goose" (from Little White Duck, 1959) Burl Ives 2:49
13. "Bean's Secret Cider Cellar"   Alexandre Desplat 2:07
14. "Une petite île" (from Two English Girls, 1971) Georges Delerue 1:36
15. "Street Fighting Man" (from Beggars Banquet, 1968) The Rolling Stones 3:15
16. "Fantastic Mr. Fox A.K.A. Petey's Song"   Jarvis Cocker 1:21
17. "Night and Day" (recorded 1946, released 1984 on Masters of Jazz) Art Tatum 1:28
18. "Kristofferson's Theme"   Alexandre Desplat 1:36
19. "Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail (Behind a Chinese Restaurant)"   Alexandre Desplat 2:34
20. "Le grand choral" (from Day for Night, 1973) Georges Delerue 2:24
21. "Great Harrowsford Square"   Alexandre Desplat 3:21
22. "Stunt Expo 2004"   Alexandre Desplat 2:28
23. "Canis Lupus"   Alexandre Desplat 1:16
24. "Ol' Man River" (recorded 1968, released 2001 on Hawthorne, CA) The Beach Boys 1:18
25. "Let Her Dance" (single, 1965) The Bobby Fuller Four 2:32
26. "I Get Around" (from All Summer Long, 1964) The Beach Boys 2:12
27. "Fantastic Mr. Fox A.K.A. Petey's Song (Reprise)"   Jarvis Cocker 1:42
Total length:
2:49
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