Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Oh-So-Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox was one of my favorite books as a kid. I still remember reading about Farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. I remember wincing and recoiling in disgust as Roald Dahl discussed their ear wax, but I had to keep reading. When I mentioned this to my boys, one son remembered Boggis was a pot-bellied dwarf and one son remembered the boogers of Bunce. Funny how Roald Dahl’s details stick like burrs to a sock in the uncluttered minds of an eight and six year old (and their older than dirt mom, me)!

Although I do not fancy myself a film critic, I reserve the right to share when a great children’s book becomes a movie! And I LOVED this movie. It was not frenetic like so many kids movies can be, it was slow, in the best of ways.

The sets were cozy, like visiting the Foxes in their real underground home, or in their doll-house like treehouse. And the tiny little costumes. To die for. This movie had Wes Anderson's signature all over it! 

I have always been a sucker for an underground house- What? You too???

Way to Go Wes!  

Extra Perk: Quentin Blake is an amazing illustrator and the current Fantastic Mr. Fox cover is great, but I was so so beyond excited to see this cover pop up at the beginning of the movie! The Fantastic Mr. Fox of my youth!



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