Parents' Guide to

Fantastic Mr. Fox

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Offbeat family adventure may charm adults more than kids.

Movie PG 2009 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 83 parent reviews

age 10+
I love this movie, but despite it being animated, I don't consider this a children's movie. The humor and the themes in it are very adult.
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age 7+

Mr.Fox/Clooney...Clooney/Mr. Fox...same thing...and it's good

This film feels like the George Clooney show, in a good way. There has been a lot of buzz about this film being a wondrous adventure of stop-motion, and it is, however it does feel very personality based. If you are not a fan of Clooney, Clooney-ing it everywhere (a lot of Ocean, a bit of O Brother! and a dash of Michael Clayton) then I do not think you would like this film.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (83):
Kids say (122):

After seeing a long parade of 3-D digitally animated movies, Anderson's stop-motion adventure is a welcome delight. The director brings his auteuristic obsession with family dynamics to this offbeat tale, which will probably appeal more to hipster cinephiles than kids who prefer the slick CGI style of other animated releases. Clooney and Streep (does it get much better than that?) are spot-on as middle-aged married parents struggling to balance their wilder instincts with their domestic responsibilities. Clooney in particular is amazingly adept with his voice work -- especially when he gives Mr. Fox's trademark "click click" noise after voicing his brilliant heist plans.

The relationship between cousins Kristofferson -- a gentle spirit with extraordinary skills at everything from meditation to martial arts -- and Ash -- a son desperately trying to live up to his father's grand reputation -- is surprisingly touching and believable. One of the film's most amusing sequences involves a deliciously complicated school sport called Whack Bat (the best fictional game this side of Quidditch), which is explained by none other than Owen Wilson, as Ash and Kristofferson's coach. In addition to Schwartzman and Wilson, other Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Willem Dafoe play memorable supporting roles as a badger lawyer and a vindictive rat, respectively. Anderson's purposely quirky films tend to alienate mainstream audiences, but Fantastic Mr. Fox is a charming, heartwarming exception.

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