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An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Mr. Fox (voice)
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Mrs. Fox (voice)
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Ash (voice)
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Badger (voice)
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Kylie (voice) (as Wally Wolodarsky)
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Kristofferson (voice) (as Eric Anderson)
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Franklin Bean (voice)
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Rat (voice)
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Coach Skip (voice)
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Petey (voice)
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Weasel (voice)
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Linda Otter (voice)
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Walter Boggis (voice)
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Nathan Bunce (voice)
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Mrs. Bean (voice)
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It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try "just one more raid" on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the line of family responsibilities and midnight adventure and the friendships and awakenings of this country life that is inhabited by Fantastic Mr. Fox and his friends. Written by Cinema_Fan

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fox | farmer | farm | cider | tale | See All (107) »

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Rated PG for action, smoking and slang humor | See all certifications »

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25 November 2009 (USA)  »

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El fantástico Sr. Zorro  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$265,900 (USA) (13 November 2009)

Gross:

$20,999,103 (USA) (2 April 2010)
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During one of the outdoor dialogue recording sessions, a best take was almost ruined by the sound of a nearby boat. Open to the randomness, Wes Anderson modified the scene in the film to include an airplane flying through the shot. Anderson said, "I think it was better with the airplane than without... a flaw in the recording gave us a new idea." See more »

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When Latin names of the animals are displayed in the film they are not written in the correct format. "Latin" names, more correctly termed scientific names, are standardized within the scientific community worldwide and written in a specific format, e.g. Genus species with the genus capitalized, the species written in lowercase, and both written either in italics or simply underlined. The film shows both genus and species capitalized. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Fox: What'd the doctor say?
Mrs. Fox: Nothing. Supposedly it's just a 24-hour bug. He gave me some pills.
Mr. Fox: I told you, you probably just ate some bad gristle.
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The initial end credits play out over the outside shot of Boggis, Bunce and Bean's supermarket. See more »

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Let Her Dance
Written by Bobby Fuller
Performed by The Bobby Fuller Four (as Bobby Fuller Four)
Courtesy of Del-Fi / Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Sartre and Satire
25 November 2009 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Fantastic Mr. Fox is acclaimed director Wes Anderson's first animation, specifically stop-motion, and it's, well, fantastic.

George Clooney's voice as the head fox of an animal clan that shouts diversity is straight out of Danny Ocean-- cool and witty with an overlay of sentimentality that would convince you to open your hen house door to let him have his way. That's after his little speech that tries existentialism on for size, foxwise that is: "Why a fox? Why not a horse, or a beetle, or a bald eagle? I'm saying this more as, like, existentialism, you know? Who am I?"

As the animals pull a caper against farmer Bean (Michael Gambon) and his thugs, the animation pulls away from the gloom of another winner this year, Where the Wild Things Are, and confirms the fun of a well told beast fable with loads of anthropomorphism to reaffirm our love of humanity and confirm that animals, like us, will always be animals. The ease with which Anderson/Clooney convince that this stealing and mayhem are what animals do is a tribute to script and performance that seduce us into the stylistic den of thieves known as the fox lair and all its attitude and custom, sanctioned by mother nature herself.

Mr. Fox: "The cuss am I? Are you cussing with me?" Badger (Bill Murray): "No, you cussing with me?" Mr. Fox: "Don't cussing point at me!"

Such an exchange is indicative of the fun Anderson has with kids and adults by not bombarding the youngsters with profanity but winking at the adults as if to say, "You know what I mean." And the most violent moment comes not from scenes with guns but rather where the animals steal chickens and break their necks, done so gingerly and quietly that it seems what it is: Just what foxes do and what humans must do to eat the chickens. Darwin meets the cartoons: Mr. Fox: "And how can a fox ever be happy without, you'll forgive the expression, a chicken in its teeth?"

That's Wes Anderson for you: Sartre and satire with a dash of dashing fox.


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