U.S., 2009, 87 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Wes Anderson, Rated PG, 20th Century Fox

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Monday, 4/2 to Wednesday, 4/4

"The movie is a wonder, with its profusion of detail and exquisitely focused "performances" by the figurines, whom Anderson frames in images as precisely composed as those in his live-action work." – Richard Brody, New Yorker

Wes Anderson is known for his idiosyncratic directing style, mixing in symmetric compositions with bright colors and detailed miniatures. With Fantastic Mr. Fox, he pushes those elements to their max by creating a stop-motion wonder. Featuring the voices of Anderson stalwarts Jason Schwartzmann, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson while also including actors such as George Clooney and Meryl Streep, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of a family of foxes living an idyllic home life. But after twelve years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox’s wild animal instincts and he soon slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief, endangering not only his beloved family but the whole animal community. Utilizing classic stop-motion techniques, Anderson brings Roald Dahl’s children’s story to life and argues that being different isn’t bad – it’s fantastic.

A stop-motion adaptation of a children's novel; a whodunnit spanning multiple decades; a love story between young teens longing to be adults. Since 1996, Wes Anderson has proved to be a unique voice in the cinematic landscape, concocting serio-comic stories full of wit, wonder, and whimsy. In anticipation of Anderson's latest film, Isle of Dogs, CGAC presents five of the director's best works to date.

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