Fantastic Mr. Fox By Wes Anderson

1014 WordsNov 22, 20165 Pages
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) is a bold film directed by Wes Anderson which brings to life the classic children’s book “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (author Roald Dahl). The film provides many interesting elements which contribute to the elaborate plot of a fox outsmarting a trio of three farmers. As the film contains a hectic and intriguing plot, Wes Anderson uses multiple elements from classic westerns and mafia films to maintain a new and refreshing experience for the viewers. Through the dialogue, images and themes, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a charming film which is open to a wide range of audiences, from children to adults. The film explores many themes, such as morality and how conventional lessons change under circumstance. This paper will examine the elements Wes Anderson uses in Fantastic Mr. Fox and how they contribute to the plot and viewing experience. Lee Weston Sabo (Bright Lights Film Journal) reviews Fantastic Mr. Fox in “Inimitable Charm: Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox”. In this review, Sabo covers in detail the past of Anderson’s directing career, as well as the audience Anderson is broadcasting towards. Many of the points made by Sabo about Fantastic Mr. Fox indicate he enjoyed the new and refreshing twist on children’s movies, as well as the interesting take of a stop-motion film developed by Anderson. He reflects on how most children’s films are “flooded with watered down, cookie-cutter narratives with simplistic characters, cheap endings, and unambiguous moral lessons”
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