The Dutch Hollywood.blog has made several startling claims, namely that Meryl Streep has replaced Cate Blanchett as Mrs. Fox. It also seems to suggest (from the poor translation, Dutch speakers: please help me!) that Owen Wilson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jarvis Cocker, and Wes himself all have voice roles in the film.
These are unsubstantiated rumors. Can anyone confirm or deny them?
Updated March 31 (8:30 p.m.)
Reader drbenway raises a possible explanation in his comment:
Well… I would bet a very small amount of money that they’re assuming Anderson does voice work in the film because of the fact that he read some lines in the rough cut they recently screened.
Updated April 1 (7:30 a.m.)
Dutch-speaker John adds (edited slightly):
I’m Dutch, (so excuse my english ; ) and this is what it basically says. From the screening it was clear that Meryl Streep does the voice of Mrs. Fox instead of… Cate Blanchett. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a mixture of Wes Anderson (of course), Wallace And Gromit, and Watership Down. The three farmers are done by Bill Murray (Badger), Jason Schwartzman (Ash), and Owen Wilson (Coach Skip). Other voices are Michael Gambon (Franklin Bean), Willem Dafoe (Rat), Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker (Petey)… Wes Anderson (Weasel)!! and Adrien Brody (Rickity). The logo earlier post on this site, which I don’t believe… was ‘real.’ It was printed on a presentation folder that 20th Century Fox handed out in Showest.
Earlier, our good pal Loraxaeon suggested the same, that the logo was from the early promotional material and not from the title frame. We agree. Thanks for the translation, John!