Bottle Rocket Short Film Soundtrack

The renowned jazz label Fantasy Records released a digital soundtrack for Wes Anderson’s short film Bottle Rocket (1994) back on December 9. Read on for the press release. Click below to buy it on Amazon and support the site!


1. The Chant / Artie Shaw
2. Old Devil Moon / Sonny Rollins
3. The Route / Chet Baker
4. Skating / Vince Guaraldi Trio
5. Stevie / John Coltrane
6. Nothing But The Soul / Horace Silver
7. Happiness Is / Vince Guaraldi Trio
8. Jane-O / Zoot Sims Quartet

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Cool Wes-inspired DVD cover by Ian Dingman

Thanks to friend of the site Fahim for this great Wes-inspired DVD cover for the film Sasquatch! (Ian Dingman)


On the trail of Mr. Fox

wesfoxThis intelligence report is a community effort. Comment, tweet (@rushmoreacademy), or e-mail additions and corrections. I will add them to the post. Discuss the Fox over at the Yankee Racers forum!

Released by Fox Animation Studios (originally Revolution Studios)

Release date: November 6, 2009

Directed by Wes Anderson
Novel by Roald Dahl
Screenplay by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach

Animation by Mark Gustafson (originally Henry Selick)

Music by
Alexandre Desplat, composer (The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Jarvis Cocker

Cinematograpy by Tristan Oliver (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run)

George Clooney as Mr. Fox
Cate Blanchett as Mrs. Fox
Bill Murray as the Badger
Jason Schwartzman
Anjelica Huston
Meryl Streep

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(Just a reminder: Owen Wilson will be presenting tonight’s Top Ten List on the Late Show with David Letterman.)

  • From Sean, a Rushmore-inspired music video from Company of Thieves:

The debut music video from Company of Thieves, is inspired by Wes Anderson’s Rushmore. The video for the song “Oscar Wilde” was filmed at Sycamore Elementary School in Kokomo, Indiana, over the course of just one day in December 2008. It includes over 60 props which were mostly bought from flea markets and vintage stores. The video was shot on Kodak Vision3 500T 16mm film using an Eclair ACL camera with 12mm and 14mm lenses, with 23 lighting setups. The footage was digitally transferred to uncompressed 10 bit format and edited in Final Cut. If you like the song, it’s available for free download.

Where the Wild Things Are

Yankee Racer Loraxaeon posts about Spike Jonze’s long-awaited Where the Wild Things Are:

I don’t know if anyone else is excited about this, but there’s a poster now and it looks awesome. Supposedly the trailer will show infront of Monsters vs. Aliens in a week or so and I’ll try and find a link when it comes online. But for now, enjoy the awesomeness (images stolen borrowed from SlashFilm):


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RA talks to Nick Flora about his new album, Great Escape

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We first met the singer-songwriter Nick Flora last September with his cover of the Faces’ “Ooh La La” and his own song “Edward Appleby.” We were and remain impressed by his carefully crafted — and catchy — tunes. He has a new album Great Escape, now available on and iTunes. We caught up with Nick to ask some questions about his new album. You can follow him on MySpace.

Q. We first encountered you a few months ago. You are officially a friend of the site. How does that feel?

A. It feels great. I’ve actually been a frequent visitor to for awhile now, so it feels like home.
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Rushmore joins the Texas Film Hall of Fame

Rushmore has joined (can a film join something?) the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Luke Wilson accepted the honor.

Robert Wilonsky, from the Dallas Observer:

As promised this morning, here’s Luke Wilson accepting the Texas Film Hall of Fame award for Rushmore — though, as I vociferously and rather drunkenly pointed out to Texas Monthly president Evan Smith after the ceremony, Luke’s in the thing for all of the one scene, so how’d he get the honor? Hell, Andrew Wilson has a bigger role, and he was there last night — at least, I think that was Andrew Wilson behind Zac Crain’s beard. Maybe that’s why Luke didn’t really, ya know, talk about, ya know, Rushmore. (Besides, shoulda inducted the far superior Bottle Rocket. You know I’m right.) Anyway, nice to see Luke dressed for the occasion.

Rushmore is my favorite film of all time. It converted me (in a very real and religious sense) to Wes Anderson and film more generally. As for Robert’s concerns about Luke’s suitability: Luke was in the dinner scene! “These are O.R. scrubs.” I rest my case.

Some shaky video of Luke:

Thanks to Patrick Michels, the web editor over at the Dallas Observer.

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Wes Lists His Favorites for Gwyneth

Gwyneth Paltrow asked her favorite filmmakers to recommend their five favorite films on her blog Goop. This illustrious list includes Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg and Sofia Coppola.

Wes Anderson directed Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, etc. He is one of the most specific directors I have ever worked with. When I played Margot in The Royal Tenenbaums, he knew exactly how he wanted my hair, clothes and eye makeup. He is so inspiring to work with because you feel like you are the one crazy, important color he needs to create the whole picture. Also, he is a great dresser.