Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Fox Searchlight

Directed by:

Wes Anderson

Starring:

Voices of George Clooney as Mr. Fox; Meryl Streep as Mrs. Fox; Jason Schwartzman as Ash; Bill Murray as Badger; Wallace Wolodarsky as Kylie; Eric Chase Anderson as Kristofferson; Michael Gambon as Franklin Bean

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mr. Fox is getting old. For years he has lived in a comfortable burrow with his family, but he feels something is missing. At first he thinks moving to a tree will help him feel better, but from his front window he sees a tempting sight: three huge bird farms. 

And Mr. Fox loves to kill birds. Soon he makes the owners of the farms very angry by stealing their birds. Mr. Fox's bad choices become a crisis for the entire forest.

Meanwhile Mr. Fox's son, Ash, wants to be an athlete but cannot seem to get the hang of sports. When his talented, well-spoken cousin, Kristofferson, comes to stay, Ash begins to feel hatred toward him and spreads mean rumors. 

Ash's hatred turns to compassion when Kristofferson is kidnapped and Ash comes to his rescue. By the end, all of the woodland creatures discover their own strengths, and in using their strengths for the good of all, they manage to do some pretty . . . fantastic things.

However, Fantastic Mr. Fox does showcase many adult ideas: such as dealing with a midlife crisis, stealing, alcohol and dating. Mr. Fox kills many birds. Even though there is no bloodshed, we see a shower of feathers and hear growling noises. 

The battle between the farmers and the woodland creatures is quite violent, with guns, floods, a rabid dog, explosions and fistfights. No bad language is used—the word cuss is said instead. Overall, even though the main characters learn about growing up and responsibility this movie is sometimes dark and intense, and deals with topics more suited to adults than to children.

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