Twentieth Century Fox presents Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson’s first animated film, which utilizes classic handmade stop-motion techniques to tell the story of the best-selling children’s book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and Owen Wilson, Fantastic Mr. Fox will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 & Greenbelt 3).
In the film, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristofferson (Eric Anderson). But after twelve years of quiet domesticity, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground without enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers—Boggis, Bunce and Bean—who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost. In the end, he uses his natural instincts to save his family and friends.
First published in 1970, Roald Dahl’s beloved book Fantastic Mr. Fox has enchanted and delighted generations of children and their parents alike for almost 40 years. Now, thanks to the bittersweet, wryly funny vision of acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited) and the magic of stop-motion animation, Dahl’s darkly humorous tale of the noble, charming and fantastic Mr. Fox is set to enthrall and delight an even wider audience.
Anderson first read Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox as a child growing up in Houston , Texas and was captivated by it. "It was not only the first Roald Dahl book I ever read, it was the first book I ever owned," he says. "I loved the character of Mr. Fox, this sort of heroic and slightly vain animal. And I also loved the digging. My brothers and I were obsessed with being underground and with tunnels and forts. He’s a wonderful writer and his personality comes through in the writing so forcefully.
"We spent time at Dahl’s house when we were writing and a lot of the details of his life found their way into our story and into the character of Mr. Fox," notes Anderson. "Dahl probably wrote Mr. Fox to be an animal version of himself, and so when we were writing it, without ever putting it into words, that was intuitively what we were doing."
"I think Roald would quite like to think of himself as Fantastic Mr. Fox," muses the author’s widow, Felicity Dahl. "He loved helping people, particularly the underdog, and he hated injustice. So yes, I think he would have liked to have been Mr. Fox, and he was in a certain way."