‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ trailer

Posted by · 4:44 pm · July 30th, 2009

Gee, they weren’t kidding when they said this is a Wes Anderson film in every respect apart from the lack of human beings. As for Anderson’s recent claim that this is “a British film … set in the UK” … well, perhaps it’s just set in the tourist district, but it looks American as apple pie to me. (By the way, surely Roald Dahl is enough of a legend to be advertised by name, rather than as “the author of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'”)

On a more serious note, something about the visuals on display here doesn’t gel for me … am I the only one who thinks the stop-motion looks a tad rushed and plasticky? I want to be excited for this — not least because I’ll be about for its world premiere at the London fest — but I find myself, to put it gently, concerned.

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  • 1 7-30-2009 at 5:06 pm

    T.S. said...

    I’m actually with you, Guy. I’m interested in it purely for its Andersonian aspects, but I had the same internal dissonance watching this trailer. At first I thought it was the animation, which did strike me as surprisingly stolid (maybe it was my wireless connection?), but now I wonder if it’s the voice-work. At least as far as the trailer is concerned — and certainly I’ll reserve judgment for the film — the voices feel too disembodied.

    I love animation, and I think this has been a surprisingly strong year for a surprisingly strong decade of animation; but, like you, I’m a tad worried.

  • 2 7-30-2009 at 5:16 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    It ain’t your wireless, T.S. I’m hearing from several others with similar reservations.

  • 3 7-30-2009 at 5:19 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I’ve liked Wes Anderson’s films less and less in chronological order but I think this looks pretty fun. I’ll give it a whirl.

  • 4 7-30-2009 at 5:23 pm

    BobMcBob said...

    worst stop-motion animation I’ve ever seen; looks like a student film

  • 5 7-30-2009 at 5:36 pm

    andrew said...

    It looks like fun, and I loved the first bit with Mrs. Fox.

  • 6 7-30-2009 at 5:44 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Isn’t the sort of “clunky” animation deliberate?

  • 7 7-30-2009 at 5:49 pm

    Clayton said...

    “I’ve liked Wes Anderson’s films less and less in chronological order…”

    So Bottle Rocket’s your favourite film of his? Or is it Rushmore?

  • 8 7-30-2009 at 6:43 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    bottle rocket.

  • 9 7-30-2009 at 6:52 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    its definately not as sophisticated as CORALINE in its animation but it still looks like a good time to me, not sure how kids would like it though

  • 10 7-30-2009 at 6:54 pm

    ZaneyMcBanes said...

    The animation is a little disquieting, but the trailer actually had me cracking up.

  • 11 7-30-2009 at 8:51 pm

    Matt said...

    I’m with Mr. Gittes: I think that the animation is purposely “clunky”. Based on the quirk factor of his other films, I never thought Anderson would be looking for the smoothest possible animation style with ‘Fox’. I’m completely in love with ‘Coraline’, but I think this was a case where Anderson chose stop-motion because he wanted it to LOOK like stop-motion.

  • 12 7-30-2009 at 9:29 pm

    PJ said...

    It’s definitely not as British as Mr. Anderson thinks it is, but I don’t think the visual style’s problematic; it looks pretty intentional, and quirky enough to suit the book.

  • 13 7-30-2009 at 9:44 pm

    rosengje said...

    I loved the trailer except for George Clooney’s voiceover work. It sounded weirdly dubbed and just too much like him. I could identify Meryl Streep and Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzmann but it still sounded like they were acting to some degree. Clooney sounded like he was reading cue cards.

  • 14 7-31-2009 at 12:14 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I get that Anderson was going for an appealingly ragged look, but it still looks cheap to me.

  • 15 7-31-2009 at 4:47 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Am I the only one that got really excited from that trailer?

  • 16 7-31-2009 at 5:43 am

    Liz said...

    I enjoyed the trailer, but I definitely agree with rosengje that I didn’t like George Clooney as the lead. Too recognizable, and it took me right out of the movie. Plus, he just doesn’t sound like a fox (I know that sounds stupid, but I don’t know how else to express it).

    I don’t mind having famous people as supporting characters in animation, but I usually like a lesser-known actor as the lead. It’s less distracting.

  • 17 7-31-2009 at 5:44 am

    Rob said...

    Saw this a couple months back with half-finished animation (i.e. half of the movie looked like this trailer, the other half was basically sketches or half-molded figures), and was a bit taken aback how perfectly Anderson and Dahl mix.

    Then again, those of you who are going to shit on it because it features Anderson’s typical style and trademarks (or, as it used to be called: a filmmaker making material his own) will have plenty of ammo.

  • 18 7-31-2009 at 9:47 pm

    davidraider88 said...

    T.S. is right in saying the voice work is disembodied. Clooney’s voice is so distinct that it is distracting. I kept thinking “this is george clooney, this george clooney” instead of focusing on what was going on.

  • 19 8-01-2009 at 2:00 am

    Alex said...

    Introducing Roald Dahl as the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory….must be the domestic trailer.

  • 20 8-01-2009 at 1:01 pm

    Seany P said...

    Mr. Fox is taking Hawkweye’s trademark….not to happy about that.

    film looks kinda cool though

  • 21 8-01-2009 at 1:16 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I got bored half-way through the trailer…?

  • 22 8-02-2009 at 10:56 am

    Eunice said...

    I was actually pretty excited. That’s probably mostly due to Meryl Streep, but it looks fun. And I think it’s for an older set of kids. :)