Film director Wes Anderson works magic. I was captured by his imaginarium of Roald Dahl’s 1970 classic children’s tale years after it hit theaters in 2009 and years before I was ready to write about it.
Fantastic Mr. Fox takes you to a world familiar but different.
Talking animals- check. Humans made artless fools- check.
Anderson isn’t interested in reinventing the wheel; he just wants to reveal what our society has forgotten about the spokes.
The film lives in a world we’ve seen countless times. That is innovation. Every animation in 2009 was about out of this world characters with a wacky, semi-complicated plot (e.g. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Up, Coraline). Anderson created something simple, grounded, and relatable to teach a more important lesson.
We’re all a little different, but there’s something kind of fantastic about that, isn’t there?
There it is- no fluff.
With inspired visuals, a distinctive soundtrack, and a wit-filled script, this world we’ve seen again and again shows us how the mundane is fantastic.
I don’t want to belabor why this matters or how it is shown in the film. This one is purposefully selfish-
Go watch Fantastic Mr. Fox.
inspired images // accidentally wes anderson
the film // Fantastic Mr. Fox