Director: Wes Anderson Screenplay: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, based on the novel by Roald Dahl Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray Time: 87min Age Restriction: A
Fantastic Mr. Fox is the result of a failed vision comprising amateurish puppet animation and a deadpan sense of humour that just doesn't work for this film.
When Mrs Fox tells Fantastic Mr. Fox that she is pregnant he promises to stop putting his life in danger by stealing for a living. But after 12 years they move into the neighbourhood of Boggis, Bunce and Bean, a chicken, duck and apple farmer respectively, and Mr. Fox just can't help himself.
Based on the sly children's story written by Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson's adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox has turned a romping, eccentric tale into a pseudo-sophisticated animation. The wry humour is more suited to Napoleon Dynamite than to this adventure story, while the soundtrack of Beach Boys and Rolling Stones music kills any suspense there might have been.