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.
Gen Art is holding a contest for designers and filmmakers in celebration of Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Gen Art has partnered with Fox Searchlight for a new competition in which filmmakers and designers come together to create five online shorts, each demonstrating how to make your own Halloween costume based on the upcoming Fantastic Mr. Fox, directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, The Darjeeling Limited). The film is based on the popular children’s book by Roald Dahl.
Selected filmmakers and designers will win cash stipends for each costume and video showcased, followed by a final round in which one team will win a bonus cash prize of $1000.
Details are available at Gen Art’s site, where you can enter as a designer and a filmmaker. Please send us anything you enter and we’ll share it right here.
With the announcement today that Jason Reitman’s new film Up in the Air is being moved up to Thanksgiving, that got us thinking about what films will be vying for an audience when Fantastic Mr. Fox opens in the U.S.
After the jump, a breakdown of some of the films opening around Mr. Fox, and how we think they might affect Mr. Fox‘s box-office prospects. Continue reading “Mr. Fox’s Foes”
FirstShowing.net has posted the (in our opinion) excellent teaser poster for Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Looks to us like a teaser poster, no credit block, no release date. (Ed. Fox confirmed earlier that it’s just a teaser.) I wouldn’t be surprised at all if there was at least one more poster, if not individual character posters released over the next few months. According to First Showing, the poster should be in theaters across the country this weekend.
Click on the poster above or the link here to see a bigger version.
MTV Movies has a great interview with Jason Schwartzman about Fantastic Mr. Fox, which Jason says is his favorite Anderson film to date. Read the interview after the break.
LOS ANGELES — If there’s one thing we’ve learned from all those “Ocean’s” movies, it’s that George Clooney has a lot of friends. Now the star has united another massive cast including Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman — although you won’t actually be seeing any of them.
Instead, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” has even more impressive things to show you. As we can see from the recent trailer, the stop-motion animated film (in theaters November 13) is a unique mix of kiddie-fare breeziness (it’s based on a classic Roald Dahl children’s book), indie-minded filmmaking (“Rushmore” writer/director Wes Anderson is in charge) and star-powered vocal chops. As our weeklong Fall Movie Preview continues, Jason Schwartzman pays us a visit to explain why “Mr. Fox” makes him want to cry.
Looks like Fantastic Mr. Fox will be playing out of competition at the 66th Venice Film Festival. The film will be screened alongside new films from Michael Moore, Steven Soderbergh, and the Coen Brothers, among a host of other films from around the world. Anderson was last at the festival holding the world premiere of The Darjeeling Limited, which played in competition and won the Little Golden Lion prize. The festival runs from September 2nd to the 12th. (Which would make this the world premiere of Fox, coming over a month before the London Film Festival.)
And here’s Fox composer and voice actor Jarvis Cocker on last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.