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Fantastic Mr. Fox

When word was announced that Wes Anderson would be bringing his idiosyncratic style to the equally eccentric world of Roald Dahl, few doubted the union would yield a pretty special adaptation. What made it all the more satisfying was the way the Rushmore director was able to weave an antiquated stop-motion style of animation with his customary witty and arch writing style.

Anderson’s sensibilities sit wonderfully with Dahl (the animals use the word “cuss” in place of actual swear words) and the wonderful Bagpuss-esque visuals are a delight for nostalgic adults and offer a simpler, more tangible world for children weaned on the super slick styling of CGI. Not that those younger viewers are old enough to appreciate this, however.

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