Spifftacular is a blog about a mum and a wife who like nerd stuff and also to do handicrafts. Well, it seems like she is a big fan of “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, and she wanted to do a thematic birthday for her baby.
How to do a Fantastic Mr. Fox birthday? She has it all planned.
“Mel’s Mini Mini Mart” is a new ad for Oreo that really, really looks like if it were done by Wes Anderson. There is a narrator and the camera often places like in many of the iconic stills from his movies. Even the score could be in one of Wes’ movies. Don’t you agree?
Ad executives at The Martin Agency, who copped to being Anderson fans themselves, said they didn’t purposely set out to mimic the filmmaker’s distinctive tone and tactics. They wanted to make a piece of content that felt more cinematic and less like a typical commercial for Mini Oreos, a product that hasn’t had any advertising for years.
“There were a number of influences and it’s flattering that anyone sees Wes Anderson in it,” White said, “As soon as we wrote it, we just had so much love for it.”
And I gotta admit I love it, too.
Source: Mashable (where you can watch another ads inspired by Wes)
A little light today, but still full of love. We’re in between movies and casting and we’re feeling the strain. Hopefully soon, we’ll hear more about the official cast and plot for #8, which starts filming in the fall. Until then, let’s get down to it:
- (Above): One of our favorite scenes from MR, based on a true story.
- Covetous of Sam’s scout badges? Buy your own here!
- Hat’s off to Boston Sunday Globe for their beautiful full page for the Boston premiere of Moonrise.
- The clip that started it all: Jason Schwartzman’s audition for Rushmore.
- britishindie has designed cleverly minimalist posters for each of Wes’ films. Collect them all!
- Houston Press picked Wes as one of the five film directors they’d like to see direct the Olympics.
- thisisbooksmusic has a great post about Suzie’s record player.
- Even fashion icon Victoria Beckham is inspired by Moonrise Kingdom. That’s Suzie’s dress if I’ve ever seen it!
- If you’re in the mood for some fan art, the official Moonrise Kingdom tumblr has got you covered.
Hello hello! Another Friday, another round-up. Many thanks to my compatriots for posting while I was away. This week brought us some exciting revelations regarding Movie #8, aka The Grand Budapest Hotel. We are thrilled, excited, and just beside ourselves with glee over this news and, as you’d expect, we’ll bring you all of the updates as they come. Now, onward!
- (Above) ANTWRANGLER‘s flickr photostream once again has some excellent behind-the-scenes shots from Moonrise.
- Film Fashion Junkie’s MR fashion style boards manage to capture the essence of a few key characters.
- A great round-up of some Wes-inspired posters. Don’t miss the great reinterpretation of the ‘stars’ of Rushmore.
- Have you been wanting a Camp Ivanhoe shirt of your very own? For only $6? Today is your lucky day. (There’s also a $6 Team Zissou shirt if that’s more your speed.)
- We’re charmed by the Moonrise and Tenenbaums cross stitch projects on amezissou‘s flickr.
- Aphelis explains the inspiration of French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue on Rushmore and The Life Aquatic.
- Bright Wall Dark Room’s Moonrise Kingdom write-up is half-review, half-personal reflection and wholly excellent.
- Classic(-ish) Interview: Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson discuss Fantastic Mr. Fox (and many other great things) in this lengthy video from the New York Public Library.
- The Criterion Collection will be releasing a Blu-Ray Edition of The Royal Tenenbaums in August. Preorder at Amazon.
One week later and here we are again. News is slowing down, but the fan-art is speeding up. At this point, we’re in a lull, so we’ll take what we can get. There’s just never enough Anderson news for our liking.
Here we are again, so soon:
- (Above) Hexagonall has lovingly created a minimalist alphabet with characters from Wes’s films and, of course, had to include the man himself.
- Apartment Therapy took cues from Wes twice this week: a room inspired by Moonrise Kingdom and an office inspired by the entire canon.
- A Wes Anderson-style short made the list of Mashable’s 10 Amazing Spider-Man Parodies.
- Adweek rounded up their 10 favorite Wes-directed commercials. As you would expect, his tongue-in-cheek American Express ad topped the bill.
- Design is Mine collected inspirational/aspirational images from and related to MR.
- An in-depth look by the Los Angeles Times reveals a deeply woven vulnerability and earnestness throughout WA’s films. A choice quote:
Anderson’s movies are alive with nostalgia in both content and form, but it’s their originality that makes people want to place him in a lineage and inspires others to copy him.
- In case you thought Focus Features wasn’t quite covering all the bases with their marketing strategy, all of the primary characters from Moonrise Kingdom have created Pinterest boards.
- Classic Interview:The Onion’s AV Club interviewed Wes in 1999, just after the release of Rushmore. It’s just about as charming as it could be.
Yes, this is another post about something fantastic the A.V. Club did, but it was too good not to share. The A.V. Club recently took a field trip to Houston and visited the school that stood in for Rushmore Academy, St. John’s School.
The video features shot-by-shot comparisons of campus then and now, excellent interviews with a current teacher at St. John’s who was a friend of Wes’s in high school and the owner of Rosemary Cross’s home, and, as a bonus, has shot of Wes’s yearbook from senior year.
Join us after the jump for a bit more. Continue reading
The A.V. Club put together a fantastic supercut of seemingly all of the accessories in Wes’s first six films. Every belt buckle, pair of sunglasses, hat, and shoe (or paw) is represented in this three-minute film. It looks like a true labor of Wes Anderson-love, and that’s right up our alley.
A video quilt of whimsical Wes Anderson accessories
You can also read a bit about the film over at the A.V. Club.
- (Above) A beautiful poster of Suzy keeping watch with her secret powers by coldcigarettes.
- Classic interview: In a 2002 feature in The New York Times, Wes Anderson watches Truffaut’s Small Change, the principal inspiration for Moonrise Kingdom.
- Lox Papers put together a lovely styleboard for Suzy Bishop, complete with a kitten.
- Entertainment Weekly made a Spotify playlist of their favorite songs from WA films.
- Discover what your favorite Wes Anderson film says about you over at The Atlantic.
- Slate posits that Moonrise is part of Anderson’s ongoing ode to Peanuts.
- In lieu of an autograph, Bill Murray agreed to walk down a hallway in slow-motion.
- Do you want to own a piece of Anderson movie history? Focus Features has donated Sam’s Khaki Scout uniform to the Variety the Children’s Charity of New York auction. Bidding starts at $125.
- Kara and Jared are just two of the most charming young actors around. (And we’re charmed that Kara got to keep Suzy’s kitten!)
It’s here, it’s finally here! It’s opening day! Buy your tickets early and often to support Wes and luxuriate in his newest cinematic masterpiece (and confidentially, as few of our editors have already seen the film, we can confirm it’s as wonderful as you had hoped.)
With that said, it’s time to get down to brass tacks, here’s your Friday Round-up:
- Slate’s Wes Anderson Bingo cards will be a fun addition to your (many, many) viewings of Moonrise.
- Wes Anderson’s list of 10 favorite New York movies has a few surprises. (Hannah and Her Sisters over Manhattan or Annie Hall? Blasphemy!)
- Jason Schwartzman is still a charmer in his brief Guardian interview, discussing his role in Moonrise.
- The New York Observer’s extremely negative review (click if you dare) is thankfully an outlier. Moonrise Kingdom is currently at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Forbes has an interesting article, What Wes Anderson Can Teach Us About Advertising, that espouses the power of successful branding.
- In honor of opening day, Skull and Stripe did a Moonrise-inspired fashion round-up.
- For something a bit sweeter, Green Wedding Shoes did a Moonrise-styled elopement photoshoot, including a reenactment of the romantic, “I will meet you in the meadow” scene.
- Finally, we fully endorse the New Yorker’s headline: What To See This Weekend: “Moonrise Kingdom,” Twice. The glowing review isn’t bad, either.