I have to tell you right from the start that I LOVED this DVD because of all of the cussing in it. BUT – it’s NOT what you expect (and yes, the kids can see it and you won’t have to cover their ears).
I remember reading Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl to my son when he was young and Wes Anderson has not only captured this foxy character and brought him to life, but he’s made a film that has a wide ranging appeal. Children will love the stop action puppets and visuals, while adults will be drawn in to the snarky dialogue. While some of the issues may be over the heads of little ones, others will surely delight in them.
Be aware – there is a LOT of cussing in this film. No, you won’t hear anything shocking – simply the WORD CUSS in place of what would have normally been a swear (“the cuss you are” – “no, the cuss YOU are“). This will bring giggles to both young and old. The “cussing” scene between Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and Badger (Bill Murray) is classic and I’m get a little giddy just thinking about it.
This is the story of a sly fox who needs to make one last score…..of chickens that is, and I think that he fancies himself as almost a James Bond type of character. The entire family gets involved in his caper to steal chickens and you get to see some wonderful family dynamics as Ash (Jason Schwartzman) becomes very competitive with his cousin Kristofferson (Eric Anderson). Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep) attempts to keep the peace, as mom’s most often do.
With incredible performances by Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson (Coach) and Willem Dafoe (as the Rat) you’ll soon forget that these are stop action puppets and begin to see them as people.
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