I almost feel sorry for Wes Anderson (as sorry as anyone can feel for a wildly successful, well-regarded, wealthy artist). When I first heard about his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel and saw the first images of the animation style he was using, I was intrigued. But now that “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is being promoted with what feels like almost hostile aggression, I’ve pretty much lost all interest.
With each new scene or image I see, the more turned off I feel. I can’t quite put my finger on the reason why, though. Is it the herky-jerky stop-motion animation? The fact that the promos don’t give you enough indication of a plot? The constant talk of the big-name stars that are doing the voices (Clooney! Streep! Murray!), rather than a focus on what the movie is actually about? I don’t know. But somewhere along its journey to the theater, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” left me on the side of the road.
For those who are a bit more optimistic, here are four new scenes from “Fantastic Mr. Fox” that primarily focus on Jason Schwartzman’s character, Ash, for a change.
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” will try to live up to its name on Nov. 25.
To see additional scenes from the movie, click here.
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