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Review of Fantastic Mr. Fox on DVD

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Ok, so it's not out until March 23rd, but we had to tell you about this clever flick based on the book by Roald Dahl (you know, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author..) and starring the voices of superstars like George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.

First off, it's a bit bizarre. The animation is superb, but at times leaves you wondering what exactly you're looking at. The way the characters are made to be so human-like is truly the key to why this film works. It's fun, funny, and very engaging for an animated feature.

The story line involves Mr. Fox, a former thief who goes straight so he can raise a family. When presented with the option to move across the way from 3 corrupt farmers, however, the tempation to pull off one last major heist is too much. He dives right into to his old life, thereby alienating his family and putting the entire underground animal world in danger.

What we loved: This film is hilarious. I loved the character development of creatures as simple as a possum (who frequently zones out with blank eyes like a real possum would) and how animal behavior is injected into people-like scenarios. There is a lesson to the madness that is Mr. Fox's life -- his wife threatens to leave him after he betrays her, and in the process of making amends to everyone around him, he finds value and worth as a father, husband, and leader -- even though it isn't an exciting or glamorous as a con man.

What we didn't love: This film is rated PG for some dangerous situations (Mr. Fox loses his tail in an altercation with a farmer, references are made that if the foxes get caught the farmers will "kill the children.") There is also a questionable use of swearing throughout the film. No, they don't say the words.. but rather substitute every swear word with the word "cuss." While I wasn't offended, personally, parents will want to decide how to treat this use of language. (If you don't want your 2-year-old saying, "What the cuss?" -- this may not be the film for you.) On the other hand, the creative use of slang led to a worthwhile discussion at our home about appropriate language and what constitutes swearing. Since the word "cuss" isn't all that memorable to young kids, my children have already forgotten about the specific terms, but remember what they learned about our rules for language.

We really enjoyed this film. My husband and I were rolling throughout. The kids were entertained, but much of the witty banter went way over their heads. I think that when you can find a film that isn't dumbed-down to the point that the parents are waiting for it to be over, you've got a winner. Fantastic Mr. Fox is that winner.

Check out this Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment film on Amazon (aff) or your favorite video retailer on March 23rd!

Wanna Win? We have 3 copies of this film to give away. To be entered, just comment on this post with why you think you might want to catch this flick! You have until March 10th at 11:59 am CST to get your entries in, and you can enter every day! (Just comment as directed for your first entry, and for each entry after that, type "Today's Entry!")

Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. Open to persons 18+ U.S. only, please. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!

* A DVD screener was provided for this review.


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231 comments

  1. We are huge fans of Dahl books in our house so I am thinking this one would be a hit!

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  2. Love collecting DVDs

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  3. My son read the book and really enjoyed it. He would love to see the movie.

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  4. After watching the trailer for this movie, I just know my kids would love it, they're very into the stop motion style animation, thanks! leenburke@yahoo.com

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  5. I'd love to win because this is one of the rare animated films that truly works as entertainment for both children and adults without boring one or the other - Wes Anderson's sharp writing shines through, which will please the grown-ups, and the endearing storyline and funny characters are a delight for the kiddos. Thanks for the chance to win this terrific film on dvd!

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  6. I want to win this dvd! I saw this film and loved it. One of my fav parts was that the soundtrack included Bill Ives songs I remembered from my childhood!

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  7. it would be great to watch with my grandson mverno@roadrunner.com

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  8. My daughter read this book at school. We all want to see the DVD too.

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  9. I'd like to win because I think the animation is different from what my kids are used to, and I find that interesting.



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  10. I would love to win because this is a cute family that the whole family would enjoy!
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  11. Looks like it would cute & great cast.

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  12. I absolutely LOVED this in the theater. It was probably my favorite movie of last year!

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  13. I want to really see this movie. There has been so many rave reviews on the animated film blogs, that I just can't pass it up.

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  14. My son read the book, so i'm sure he'd like to see it.

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  15. I'd like to win this DVD so I could watch this movine with my daughter at our family game night.

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  19. My daughters (as well as myself) would enjoy watching this movie.

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  20. I would love to see this DVD because I am a huge fan of animation. With stars like George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson it should be a good one.

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  21. Our family is fond of Roald Dahl's
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  22. I'd like to see this because I really wanted to take the kids to the theater to see it, but we never got there. It got really good reviews, so I think we'd enjoy it. smhparent [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  23. My nephew whnts to see it. It would be fun to watch it with him

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  24. I would love to win because my son wants to see this...plus it looks like a movie the whole family would enjoy. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  25. My hubs and I enjoy watching these type movies before we watch them with the grands, so I would love to win.
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  26. My son has a sticker book and the sound track and loves them. So I would love to win this for him!

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  27. I'd like to win this movie because the cast is very talented and we are Dahl fans. Thanks
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  28. My son liked the book and he would like to see this.
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  29. I wanted to see this in the theater but was afraid it was "too much" for my young daughter; I'd like to win it so I can watch while she's sleeping!

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  30. It has such a great cast I would love to see how it turned out!

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  32. My boyfriend is Owen Wilson's biggest fan. Well maybe not BIGGEST, but he definitely LOVES his work. He's seen almost every one of his movies, except for this! It'd be an amazing gift to show him how much I love him and consider him.

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  34. my daughter is an animation major and she would love to have a copy of this
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  35. I would like to see this because it is for kids and parents.

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  36. A friend saw the movie and said my family would enjoy it.
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  37. I want to win because I love George Clooney (he is so funny) as well as Owen Wilson, Meryl Streeo and Bill Murray so I am betting this is a great movie!

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  39. my son is very much into animals right now, I don't think he knew anythign about this movie but I think he would love it.

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  40. I love the book. Susan

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  42. read great things and we did not get to see it at the theater
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  43. It looks just right for my nephew.

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  45. I think my son would like this!

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  46. Today's entry:

    I love these animated films. I can't believe I haven't heard of this movie until two weeks ago. And I call my self an animation fan. I should be ashamed.

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  47. I'd love to own this because I've been a fan of Roald Dahl since I was a kid and this movie looks great!

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  48. My daughter loved this movie. snytar@netscape.net

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  49. This is a great movie! I Woud love to own this. Thanks for the chance. mogrill@comcast.net

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  50. My son loves the book!

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  53. I would like to see this because it looks adorable.

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  54. I think this looks like it would be a lot of film. I love animated movies and I adore anything with Meryl Streep.

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  55. because my great nephew would enjoy it thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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  59. I heard it got great ratings!
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  60. I have read that this is an excellent animated movie, and since my daughter has a day care home, it would be great to have in her collection.

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  65. I can't wait to see this movie. My husband took our six year old to see it while I stayed home with our two younger kids. They loved it and I think I will too.

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  68. I would love to see this as it was my favorite book to read when I was a child!

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  70. I am a big Dahl fan, as well as Wes Anderson being my favorite director. Fantastic Mr Fox is a match made in heaven, in that regard! :D
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  92. I want to catch the flick so I can listen to George Clooney's sexy voice while my kids it. ;) I know my kids would really like it.

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  93. A friend of mine saw this film. He said it was just as clever and witty as Wes Anderson's other films, The Royal Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic. This is definitely a film I am looking forward to seeing. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  96. It has a really great cast!! I think they probably did a great job!

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  99. This looked like one of the more interesting family movies to come out in a while (and then we missed seeing it at the theater !). My children are old enough now that it would be fine for them to see

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  100. It looks like a cool movie.
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  112. We loved the book, would love to check this movie out.

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  114. My kids would love this DVD. Mr. Fox is adorable.

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  116. I wanted to go see this movie and the local theater, but my husband said it was only for kids and wouldn't go--so I'd like to win it so I can watch it at home.

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  121. George Clooney voicing at fox? What is not to love about that :-)

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  122. Arrgghh! We so wanted to see this in the theater!

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  123. I always want to see an Academy Award nominee. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

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  126. I just want to see it because of all the great reviews

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  128. This is a movie I would LOVE to watch with my grandson

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  130. I'd like to win this so that I could watch and enjoy it with my niece.

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  131. Our last name is Fox, so what better movie to add to our collection.
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  132. my daughter is an animation majcor, love to give this to her

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  133. I've seen this and it is such a unique movie and I like the animation style.

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  134. Ronald Dahl is my hero and I love all his books. Would love to check this out and see how they did on the movie version

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  135. Both of my girls have read the book, and I think our whole family would enjoy the movie!

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  138. I enjoyed this movie at the odea and would like to see it again.

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