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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-Ray / DVD Combo Pack Review

Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-Ray / DVD Combo Pack Review

Synopsis: Academy Award-winning Hollywood heavyweights George Clooney (Up In The Air) and Meryl Streep (It’s Complicated) lend their voices to the hilarious, heartwarming and dazzling stop-motion animated adventure from visionary director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenebaums) Fantastic Mr. Fox, arriving as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack and on DVD March 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. In there-imagined classic family tale, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash (Jason Schwartzman: The Darjeeling Limited) and visiting nephew Kristopherson. That is until Mr. Fox slips into his sneaky, old ways and plots the greatest heist the animal world has ever seen. When mean old farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean join forces to surround Mr. Fox and his family, they don’t realize they are not dealing with any old fox – it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and he has a fantastic master plan to save the day!

Review: When I first saw the trailer for this film it looked creepy to me.  I don't know what it was about the animation style, but it was just unsettling.  I was forced to look deeper into the film, though, thanks to an amazing cast.  With names like George Clooney, Bill Murray, Jason Schwarzman and Meryl Streep lending their voices to the characters, I figured that there must be something worthwhile about this film.  Not only did that turn out to be true, but there is something magical, as well.

The stop motion animation that was used has a very retro feel.  Its certainly not in-tune with modern quality stop motion, but its clearly not intended to be.  This is more of a throwback to something that you might have seen back in the 1960s.  The films soundtrack matches the odd feel.  Its a lot of banjo music.  Yep, banjo music.  Its just one of the most bizarre films I've seen in some time.  Considering that its a Roald Dahl tale, that kinda works.

I recommend checking this one out.  You won't see anything like it anytime soon.  Its most certainly unique!  The blu-ray transfer looks great and it comes in a combo pack with the DVD and a digital copy for your iPod!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars