Excerpt: While the master is not listed as new, I am tempted to rate it one tiny notch above the 2010 Fox (20th Century, that is) Fox. The 1.85:1 movie was painstakingly captured one frame at a time on the Nikon D3 digital still camera, so there’s no blur whatsoever, and the fine animal fur pops in high def. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 demonstrates no drastic improvement over its predecessor, but the clarity and nuance certainly remain.
Conclusion: A great presentation of a great film, Criterion's new edition of Fantastic Mr. Fox is sure to be one of 2014's most worthwhile Blu-ray and DVD releases. While I'd want you to see this movie even in a barebones edition, this loaded 3-disc set is far preferable. It's strong enough to recommend even if you don't see yourself buying more than a dozen new releases this year.
Conclusion: Criterion has knocked it out of the park, yet again with 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'. The film itself is fun to watch over and over again with great characters, witty dialogue, and a highly entertaining story. It's evident that Wes Anderson was the perfect person to adapt this great work from Roald Dahl. The video and audio presentations are top notch, with some truly incredible extras. This is a must-own.
Summary: When most directors repeat themselves, it's typically a sign of artistic exhaustion or perhaps unshakable fixation. In Wes Anderson's case, his visual repetition has become an irresistible thumbprint, and one of the great moviegoing joys I've encountered in recent years is the opportunity to watch this supremely gifted filmmaker use his leather-bound imagination to impart varying stories of eccentric outsiders and their enduring emotional wounds, with each picture...
Conclusion: If I'm ever disappointed by an Anderson release from the Criterion Collection, it will be a sad, sad day, as they give his wonderful films equally wonderful presentations, and this set of Fantastic Mr. Fox is no exception. Beautifully crafted stop-action animation, an expertly-adapted Dahl book and a spectacular cast add up to a charming film that's almost the anti-Pixar: aimed at entertaining adults, while offering enough cute animal antics to be keep older kids...
Excerpt: It’s hard to imagine films the way “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is made. Literally one frame at a time. If you’ve ever seen films of this genre then you’ll know what I’m talking about. And this genre goes back a long, long way back to “King Kong”. These films have a very unique look and feel to them and it gives you new appreciation for the term “movie making”.
Excerpt: "George Clooney and Meryl Streep lend their voices to this hilarious and heartwarming animated adventure from visionary director Wes Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting nephew Kristofferson. That is until Mr. Fox slips into his sneaky, old ways and plots the greatest chicken heist the animal world has ever seen.
Excerpt: For the first twenty minutes or so "Fantastic Mr. Fox" struggles slightly. The traditional looking, and slightly staccato animation jars somewhat when compared to other stop-motion animated films like "Coraline" or "The Corpse Bride." At the same time, Anderson's story, at least early on in the film, bares more resemblance to his previous work than it does Roald Dahl's book.
Excerpt: There's something defiant in the charms of Fantastic Mr. Fox , a nose-thumbing mischief that underlies and yet is of a piece with the film's conspiratorial cheer; director Wes Anderson's terminal self-reflexivity here pushes right past the crisis point, accessing a kind of unlikely afterworld of self-self-reflexivity that elevates a pleasant lark into a wry work of art.
Excerpt: The mean old farmers - fat Boggis, squat Bunce and skinny Bean have joined forces and have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they are not just dealing with any old fox - it's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and he has a fantastic master plan to save the day.