#SENOPATI Fantastic Mr. Fox: A Teaching Moment in Animation

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) | Director: Wes Anderson | Writer: Wes Anderson | George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman | 87 min

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a stop motion animation movie directed by Wes Anderson based on the book by Roald Dahl. This adventure and comedy movie becomes a fresh sight for the eyes after the emergence of other animations. This movie successfully took home awards such as The Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture – Animated or Mixed Media Feature in 2009 and The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film in 2009.

This unique type of animation is what pulls audience in for a ride. The cinematography and the colors that were chosen for this particular movie will definitely please some people’s aesthetic desires, but then again that’s what a “Wes Anderson movie” is known to do. Not everyone could like this type of movie even the story. Not only is the animation that is done strikingly, even the story something that gives everybody their own pieces of interpretation for the long run.

This movie tells a story about how Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) raids the farms for produce owned by his human neighbors, the fat Boggis, the short Bunce, and the lean Bean. By raiding the farms he became dishonest to his wife, Mrs. Fox (voiced by Meryl Streep) and the raids affected his family and the other animals’ lives. Or how Mr. Fox would call them, wild animals. Mr. Fox goes on the adventures to raid the farms with Kylie, his lookout, and even seeking for help from his nephew, Kristofferson (voiced by Eric Anderson) and his son Ash (voiced by Jason Schwartzman).

Boggis, Bunce, and Bean eventually teamed up and made a plan to stop Mr. Fox by killing him and coming to his house to shoot him but they only managed to shoot off his tail. At the end of the story, Mr. Fox and all of his wild animal friends and family also planned on doing revenge.

Mr. Fox is a character who makes mistakes and he faces the consequences for his actions. But every time he makes a mistake, he plays it off like it’s some kind of a defense mechanism. Until he gets the chance to talk to Mrs. Fox, he gets the realization that what he did was nowhere near right. He gets a slap in the face that brings him back to reality, literally.  

Since the beginning when he was a journalist, Mr. Fox doesn’t want to live in a hole. He always looks up and searches for other places to live in. In other words, he doesn’t want to be a wild animal or he doesn’t feel like he is a wild animal. But then at the end of the movie he knew deep down that he is a wild animal by living and accepting that he is one. He ends up living in a hole (again) but with a different mindset than what he had in the beginning when the movie takes place.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is labeled as a family movie and that’s true. Everyone, even adults, can have a take on it and get some sort of learning experience from this movie. It’s a movie about accepting who you are and eventually enjoying the life you were given. Overall, Fantastic Mr. Fox is simply fantastic.

“I promise you if I had all this do to over again, I’d have never let you down.”

Writer: Reiva Zaviera

Editor: Della Meydi

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