A.V. Club Rates Mr. Fox on the Oscar-O-Meter™

Angry Mr. Fox

The A.V. Club takes a look today at Fantastic Mr. Fox‘s oscar chances with their trademark Oscar-O-Meter™.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Premise: Indie film fave Wes Anderson supervises a stop-motion-animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a crafty fox, his family, his band of animal associates, and their human enemies.
Pedigree: Anderson reportedly worked with his actors (including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson) on location rather than in a studio, looking for a different feel for the movie’s audio track. Then he instructed his animators—remotely, according to rumor—to give the movie a look halfway between Rankin-Bass and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Oscar-O-Meter rating: 6. Even though it’s been a strong year for animated films, it’s hard to believe this won’t get a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. Although…
Advance word: …critics who’ve seen early screenings have been divided over whether Anderson’s quirky sensibility is even funnier in animated form, or Fantastic Mr. Fox just reinforces his limitations as a filmmaker.

Read the rest of their predictions here and here, and if you haven’t already, check out our look at Mr. Fox‘s box-office competition.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Trailer #2!

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Fantastic Mr. Fox tidbits

ukFMFFantastic Mr. Fox will make its North American premiere on October 30 at this year’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles (source).

The film has been rated PG by the MPAA for “action, smoking and slang humor” (source).

The BFI London Film Fest has a new trailer (nothing from Mr. Fox). We anxiously await the second Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer… no word on a time frame.

Soundtrack listing for Fantastic Mr. Fox


(pre-order at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk)

We excitedly present the  soundtrack listing for Fantastic Mr. Fox, available October 12 in the U.K. and November 3 in the U.S. The commercial ‘track includes one (original) Jarvis Cocker song, the obligatory Rolling Stones lick (“Street Fighting Man”), and three songs by Burl Ives.

1. “American Empirical Pictures”*
2. “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” – The Wellingtons
3. “Mr. Fox in the Fields”*
4. “Heroes and Villains” – The Beach Boys
5. “Fooba Wooba John” – Burl Ives
6. “Boggis, Bunce, and Bean”*
7. “Jimmy Squirrel and Co.”*
8. “Love” – Nancy Adams
9. “Buckeye Jim” – Burl Ives
10. “High-Speed French Train”*
11. “Whack-Bat Majorette”*
12. “The Grey Goose” – Burl Ives
13. “Bean’s Secret Cider Cellar”*
14. “Une Petite Île” – Georges Delerue
15. “Street Fighting Man” – The Rolling Stones
16. “Fantastic Mr. Fox AKA Petey’s Song” – Jarvis Cocker
17. “Night and Day” – Art Tatum
18. “Kristofferson’s Theme”*
19. “Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail (behind a Chinese Restaurant)”*
20. “Le Grand Choral” – Georges Delerue
21. “Great Harrowsford Square”*
22. “Stunt Expo 2004″*
23. “Canis Lupus”*
24. “Ol’ Man River” – The Beach Boys
25. “Let Her Dance” – Bobby Fuller Four

*Music Composed, Conducted, and Produced by Alexandre Desplat and produced By Wes Anderson and Randall Poster

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