This adaptation of Mr. Fox feels a little hipster in the world of CGI. There’s nothing slick and shiny about it. It’s a stop motion, loaded with texture, right down to the corduroy suits.
As ever, Wes Anderson has delivered on the aesthetics, giving us may symmetrical, balanced shots. As well as immersing us in this very warming world. There’s a strict colour pallet of orange that just makes our screens glow.
I think that stop motion was the only option for this film in reality. I mean, it just encapsulates Roald Dahl so well. It’s got this energy to it, a depth to it, and it’s not attempting to be cute. Using fur on these puppets was brilliant. It must have been a pain to work with in stop motion, trying not to disrupt the fur from shot to shot. But it brings a reality to the characters, gives the characters more depth and relevance. And in fact, when it has been moved between shots, it adds an organic movement to the film.
As a perfectionist, working on animation must be a gift. Everything is handcrafted from scratch, so every detail is a conscious decision. This really allowed Anderson to have rich sets. All the tiny fox jumpers were knitted with tiny stitches. A rat had a 1.5mm embroidered badge. The attention that Anderson has given is astonishing. But stop motion is slow work (about 5 seconds of film a day) so you get plenty of time to think over them details.