Monday, March 01, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Number of Nominations: 2 (Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score)
Availability in the US: None. DVD to be released March 29

Based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name, The Fantastic Mr. Fox is a fun, at times overly silly stop-motion animated film. The story revolves around Mr. Fox, whose hobby of stealing chickens and alcoholic cider get him into trouble with the local farmers, who decide to seek revenge. The film is light entertainment that children will enjoy and adults will likely not hate. There is hardly any substance here, and the film is inferior to all the other nominees for this year's Best Animated Feature Oscar. The nominated score is catchy, but it is mostly overshadowed by the use of existing music, including several Disney songs, a couple Broadway standards, and a Beach Boys classic.

Grade: B-

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