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Fantastic Mr. Fox

children & family, comedy


George Clooney and Meryl Streep lend their voices to this hilarious and heartwarming animated adventure from visionary director Wes Anderson.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    92%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

ON for kids age 7
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Offbeat family adventure may charm adults more than kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that director Wes Anderson's dry, offbeat adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's story Fantastic Mr. Fox is fine for most grade-schoolers but also has some themes and humor that will go over kids' head. The story features a lot of scheming and violence, as three farmers plot to kill Mr. Fox for stealing from them. There are explosions, guns, a knife-wielding rat, a rabid dog, and a secondary character's death, but none of it is graphic or too scary (just a bit startling and/or tense in spots). The farmers smoke and drink, as do the adult animals, who tend to drink with dinner. Aside from a couple of kisses between Mr. and Mrs. Fox, there's no sexuality to speak of, and the language is limited to the word "cuss" being used as a substitute for stronger words (as in "what the cuss?").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether Mr. Fox is right to indulge in his "wild animal" instincts. Should hehave honored his promise to Mrs. Fox? What motivates Mr. Fox to stealfrom the farmers?
  • What can you learn from Kristofferson and Ash's relationship? How arethey different, and when does Ash finally become self-confident?
  • How is this movie's style different from other animated movies? What'sthe effect of stop-action animation compared to the slickercomputer-animated animation?
  • How does the movie compare to the book? Is this what you pictured when you read the story?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    92%
    reviews counted: 2
    see all Fantastic Mr. Fox reviews
  • Audience

    84%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The additions are okay; but it's the look that keeps you buoyed up, your eyes roaming the frames, laughing in surprise at the visual jokes and flourishes and textures. It's a dandy's movie, but that adds to the fun.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: It is a sweet film with some lovable moments, but it will take a more ambitious role of the dice to restore Anderson to his former lofty status.

- Simon Foster, sbs.com.au, Monday, August 9, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Even if it's stop motion animation, Wes Anderson still infuses his classic style and techniques into this extremely quirky, offbeat hilarious film with stunning animation/detail, an amazing voice cast and classic Anderson humor!

- fb100001592288964, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

5 stars

Even if it's stop motion animation, Wes Anderson still infuses his classic style and techniques into this extremely quirky, offbeat hilarious film with stunning animation/detail, an amazing voice cast and classic Anderson humor!

- fb100001592288964, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

5 stars

Even if it's stop motion animation, Wes Anderson still infuses his classic style and techniques into this extremely quirky, offbeat hilarious film with stunning animation/detail, an amazing voice cast and classic Anderson humor!

- fb100001592288964, Wednesday, January 18, 2012