Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ Trailer

Published 6 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:13 pm,

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They’ve finally released the trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox, director Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story, and Anderson’s first full foray into stop-motion animation.  Previously, his film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou featured a bit of stop-motion work.

Anyway, I just watched the trailer and I have to say that I’m not blown away by it.  This isn’t that great of a trailer, though I will never hang a movie from the gallows based on a bad trailer.  But it does make me wonder: If a viewer goes into this cold, without knowing much of Anderson’s work, what would they think?  At any rate, you can see some “Anderson trademarks” displayed in this film.  I’ll talk about them after you watch the trailer:


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Looks kinda funny, huh?  While I am not the biggest fan of George Clooney, I think he does well here as the title character.  I like the look of the animation and while there’s a slightly larger amount of “jerkiness” to the stop-motion work than more recent stop-motion movies, it still looks pretty good. This film really brings me back to those movies and TV specials I used to watch as a kid in the late 1970s and 1980s.

So, the Anderson trademarks that I could see: the “side shots” as the animals dig (we saw a lot of this in Life Aquatic in the submarine), and you have a “loner” kid who probably has some issues (voiced by Jason Schwartzman who may very well be channeling Max Fisher from Rushmore, one of my all-time favorite movies).  I didn’t see any other definitive trademarks, but if you’re a Wes Anderson fan please list them in the comments.

Check out my previous article with more details on the plot of Fantastic Mr. Fox, the voice actors (including Meryl Streep and Anderson regular Bill Murray), and more.

So what do think?  Are we going to have a fun little animated movie when it opens on November 13, 2009?

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Well the entire look of the film is very Anderson-is, imean the color schemes and various shots, also the humor, while being slightly more kid oriented, still has a very big Ansderson feel.

  2. I feel it’s something I’ll have to get used to. I really loved the book as a child, so I hope this lives up to the feel of it, but the framing is somewhat jarring at first, clearly his style, but I guess I expected something a little different for what is, I think, meant to be a childrens film.

    that said, it does give a somewhat 70s stop motion feel, kind of like The Magic Roundabout.

  3. @Woolycaveman: I agree, you can definitely see the Wes Anderson visual trademarks. He’s truly a “complete filmmaker,” in that he is in complete control of the overall vision of the film.

    @Joshi: It took me two views to get used to it, but I think they purposely made the stop-motion look like old school, 1960s/70s stop motion animation. Reminds me of all the old shows and movies I’d watch, like Rudolph, California Raisins Christmas, etc., before the stop motion got TOO smooth. Which was a good thing!


  4. @Heath

    I watched the trailer twice, mainly to put names to voices and listen to the pretty decent dialogue, but I still think it’s going to take me some time to get used to it all.

    That said, if the story lives up to what the book gave us, I’ll be happy.

  5. I like what the trailer promises about the film. I am from the uk and the animation style reminds me of some ads for cravendale milk and given that he made FOX in the uk he probably saw the ads before the shooting schedule commenced. I look forward to the film, but my problem with the trailer is the voice over, but I think it says it all about the style of the trailer, it is being sold as a main-stream blockbuster that is expected to make a lot of money during Thanksgiving and it looks like the studio have imposed this kind of generic approach of packaging the ‘movie’ on to Wes. Wes has always been idiosyncratic and quirky up until now even as his budgets got bigger. Maybe this compromise to his vision is the price he will have to pay for earning his place amongst the big boys? I am sure the wonderful Mr Rohald Dahl would have been the first to tell you not to judge a book by it’s proverbial cover and I shall certainly still be booking my ticket to see this as soon as it is released!

  6. Having never read the book, the dialog seemed rather witty. Don’t know if it’s enough to make me want to pay theater prices for it, but it’s enough to get me mildly intrigued. Perhaps further trailers will do more to change my mind.

  7. Well Fantastic Mr. Fox was one of my favourite books growing up so I was really looking forward to see what the film would look like; I heard it would be stop-motion and immediately thought of Corpse Bride ands Coraline and was like “YES!”. Then I saw the first image and was like “WTF! that looks awful!”.
    That being said, I didn’t completely hate the trailer like I thought I would. The look of it was completely underwhelming and antiquated; the director was going for quirky I asume but I think he took it too far. But the dialog was clever and well executed which makes me want to see it. I just wish the look was more like the original illustrations in the book.

  8. Kind of funny they don’t mention the author’s NAME, but instead go for ‘the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’…
    Think this is gonna be a great film, and better than Charlie. But that may be because I read Fox as a child and don’t remember much about it. ‘Applewine’ comes to mind, but I’m not sure if I’ve got the right book.

    I guess they chose to do stopmotion to give it a more authentic look or whatever, and eh… well, in this day and age it’s kind of refreshing. Have to get used to it (again), like many.