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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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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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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)
Robin Hurlstone ...
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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His life is fantastic... his wife is fantastic... his neighbors, not so fantastic. See more »


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

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25 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantástico Sr. Zorro  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,517,312 (UK) (23 October 2009)

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$20,999,103 (USA) (2 April 2010)
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Trivia

When Mr. Fox finds the "Bandit Hat Sale" on the newspaper, the surrounding text is the original Mr. Fox story. See more »

Goofs

In long-shots, there is a building between the second and third of the four silos on the Bean farm ("E" and "A"). In closer angles, the silos are equally spaced and the building is not readily visible. 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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References Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955) See more »

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Buckeye Jim
Written by Burl Ives
Performed by Burl Ives
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Sartre and Satire
25 November 2009 | by (United States) – 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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