Another Oscar race has come and gone, yet we’re still a bit miffed that one of our very favorite films of 2009 was overlooked—the entirely delightful Fantastic Mr. Fox (available on DVD 3/23).
Wes Anderson’s take on the classic 1970 Roald Dahl book is full of the whimsy and cleverness one expects from the man behind Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums but also perfectly captures the joy of childish delights along with some grownup irony and humor. Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson are all at their very best, and (unsurprisingly) Meryl Streep and George Clooney are pitch perfect. But it’s the visual splendor of this film that really deserves some accolades, particularly the dazzling stop-motion animation that Mr. Anderson employs—so different from the depersonalized, ultra-smooth perfect Pixar look—making each frame a work of miniature art, full of splendid, or should we say fantastic, detail.
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