Fantastic Mr. Fox

November 13th 2009
  • Animated,
  • PG,
  • 88 min,
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker
  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
  • Producers: Allison Abbate, Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin
  • Associate Producer: Molly Cooper
  • Executive Producer: Steven M. Rales
  • D.O.P.: Tristan Oliver
  • Production Design: Alex McDowell


"Fantastic Mr. Fox" is visionary director Wes Anderson's first animated film, utilizing classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of the best selling children's book by Roald Dahl (author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach"). The film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Jarvis Cocker.

Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • MPAA Warning: Action, smoking and slang humor
  • Production Companies: American Empirical Pictures, Blue Sky Studios, Indian Paintbrush, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

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- Joe Roth and Revolution Studios bought the film rights to Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2004.

- Wes Anderson signed on as director with Henry Selick, who worked with Anderson on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as animation director.

- Anderson signed on because Roald Dahl is one of his heroes.

- In adapting the novel, the story the novel covers would amount to the second act of the film. Anderson added new scenes to serve for the film's beginning and end.

- Selick left the project to work on the Neil Gaiman story Coraline in early 2006. Mark Gustafson is his replacement.

- Fox Animation Studios became the project's home in October 2006 after Revolution folded.

- In September 2007, Anderson announced voice work would begin. The director chose to record the voices outside of a studio: "We went out in a forest, [..] went in an attic, [and] went in a stable. We went underground for some things. There was a great spontaneity in the recordings because of that."

- He said of the production design, "We want to use real trees and real sand, but it’s all miniature."

- Great Missenden, where Roald Dahl lived, has a major influence on the film's look.

- The film mixes several forms of animation but consists primarily of stop motion.

- Animation is taking place in London.

- Jarvis Cocker has written "three, four" songs for the film.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 5 November 2009: Russia
  • 6 November 2009: Bulgaria
  • 19 November 2009: Germany
  • 2 December 2009: Belgium
  • 3 December 2009: Netherlands
  • 18 December 2009: Finland
  • 8 January 2010: Brazil