Friday Flicks 6-8-12

Posted: June 8, 2012 by gd2525 in Movies, Uncategorized
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A Weekly Educated Movie Recommendation by Shaun Smith

Looking back at the previous Friday Flicks, I realized every recommendation so far has been Rated R and not very family friendly.

In this case I went searching for a little known kid’s film that adults can enjoy as well. What I found may surprise you.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is the very first animated film from quirky director Wes Anderson, best known for his oddball comedies such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Darjeeling Limited.

The story to the film is very basic, a sophisticated fox by the name of Mr. Fox, voiced by George Clooney, is unable to ditch his chicken farm stealing ways and must protect his community from the wrath of the farmer.

Joining Clooney is an all-star cast of voices including three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Willem Dafoe.

Unlike most animated family films nowadays, Fantastic Mr. Fox is done with stop motion animation.

Stop-motion is the process where the filmmakers use real-life models and film a single frame at a time while moving the models. This creates a moving image once all the frames are combined together.

Just the logistics of making this movie is impressive in itself but the motion flows evenly and is hardly a distraction.

The colors used in the film also pop off the screen including bright yellows and piercing reds. Just watching the details of Mr. Fox’s face is amazing enough.

Did I mention that the film is really funny too?

Now I’m not the biggest fan of Wes Anderson’s films, in fact I don’t like them at all.

I have no idea what it is but Fantastic Mr. Fox seems different. A bit of a different look and more humorous than his other films, but then again it’s all about personal taste.

Anderson isn’t a horrible filmmaker, he’s actually pretty talented, but his humor and films just aren’t for me.

With that being said, I highly recommend this film for all ages (Even though my dad thought the movie was stupid. Probably best to be cut off around 30-years-old).


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