Fantastic Mr. Fox

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.

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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.

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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.

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