“Fantastic Mr. Fox” : Quite Simply, Fab!

Self doesn’t know if it’s because of the use of the stop-motion technique (Think Gumby, only better!), giving the whole the somewhat archaic feel of an illustrated children’s storybook.

Or whether it was the burnished autumnal color palette, saturating every frame.

Or whether it was George Clooney’s familiar, charmingly insinuating voice.

Or whether it was the fact that beagles, self’s favorite creatures, featured prominently in the plot.


Self loved this movie, from first to last.

The theatre (downtown RWC Century 20) was quite full, hubby and self were forced to sit only a few rows from the screen, and self worried that she would only exacerbate her sore neck.

But no! Proximity to screen did not impact her enjoyment!

Sometimes, in fact, she almost forgot she was watching a story about talking foxes and thought she was watching “Ocean’s Eleven”! With Danny Ocean’s voice emanating from the fantastic fox of the title!

Anyhoo, self has just updated her “Ten Best Movies of 2009” List.  It  now looks like this:

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  2. Inglourious Basterds
  3. Moon
  4. Pirate Radio
  5. Skin
  6. Star Trek
  7. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  8. The Hurt Locker
  9. This Is It
  10. Zombieland

As for the dreck of 2009, self would say it’s a toss-up between “Angels and Demons” and “The Box.”  Or “The Perfect Get-Away.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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