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Fantastic Mr. Fox is based on a children’s book by British author, Roald Dahl, originally published in 1970 There are some considerable differences between Dahls book and Andersons adaptation.The movie was not well received in the U.K. due major changes to themes and characters
ROALD DAHL Dahl was Welsh born with Norwegian parents. He was as a child described as being rambunctious and mischievous, whose taste for adventure never ceased. He was an absolute dreamer and retained his zest for adventure anda fully active imagination through adulthood anduntil his death. It was the established author and friend C.S. Forrester that persuaded Dahl to explore his writing capabilities. Dahl shares some of his personality traits with his characters, including Mr. Fox himself.
STOP-MOTION PUPPET ANIMATION The movie was created by physically manipulating real-world objects & photographing them one frame at a time to the illusion of movement. 126,720 pictures were used to create the full length movie
Mr. and Mrs. Fox live a tranquil home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephewKristopherson. After 12 years, the simple life proves too dull for Mr. Fox’s wild animalinstincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Confinedunderground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - who are determined to outwit the cleaver, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost . Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie Clip
THEME: SURVIVAL When Mr. Fox and his family woke up to thesound of shoveling, they knew they were being hunted. To survive, the dug into the ground. When they needed food, Mr. Fox dug to the farms to gather what he needed. When they ran into other animals, they used their natural instincts to survive. Mr. Foxs family didnt eat vegetables, but would gather them for thebadgers. It was an unbeatable team. In the end, all of the animals brought their best attribute to the table and beat the farmers. As you can see, this story shows how everyone can come together, no matter their differences, and survive.
THEME: LEADERS HIPMr. Fox is a charismatic fox and a leader in his family and among the animals.At first, he uses his leadership for his own personal goal, which is to steal the food for his life. Unfortunately, when he reaches his goal,he hurts his family and friends as well as brings the whole society on conflict.
THEME: DIFFERENCESDifferences also form a Mr. Fox’s son, Ash,sub-theme through the fights with the whole film. All the differences within animals are different. himself through the Even the foxes are entire movie. different from on another. Mrs. Fox: [to Ash] We’re all different. At the end, it is [indicates Mr. Fox] everyone’s differences Mrs. Fox: Especially him. But that bring them there’s something kind of together. fantastic about that, isn’t there?
"Boggis and Bunce and Bean One short, one fat, one lean.These horrible crooks, so different in looks, were nonetheless equally mean." Boggis, Bunce and Bean, are the neighbors of Mr. Fox. When they detect the fact that Mr. Fox steals their goods, they decides to kill Mr. Fox at all cost. Even though Boggis, Bunce, and Bean are mean and nasty, they are still victims nonetheless. Being stolen from Mr. Fox perhaps makes them enraged and creates the worse sequences, but Mr. Fox also creates the whole mess by stealing stuff from others.
FOXES IN FOLKLOREFoxes have been associated with certain behavior. They are known to be crafty, cleaver, cunning, sly-nature, intelligent, & greedy. They are known as con-artist who trick other animals into getting food. People are known to be “crazy like a fox” or get caught “out foxing yourselves” Mr. Fox embodies all the stereotypes associated with foxes. Though he is clearly the “good guy” in the movie, it is himself that starts the whole mess in the first place.
THE WOLF The Wolf is portrayed as truly wild, solitary and unlike the rest of the films characters, not clothed. He represents the disappearing wild, the lone fighter in a world that is overrun with humans and “humanlike” animals.Some felt that the insertion of the Wolf and Mr. Foxs phobia is somehow racially motivated. Yet it is the fox’s natural instinct to fear the wolf. eventually garners less fearbut more respect by Fox in the end, as if hisown battle in some way may have made him (Fox) feel closer to his wilder counterparts.
NOT ALWAYS AS IT SEEMSKristofferson is saved by luck, the cage falls down to the ground and breaks, not because of Ash’s “natural” physical athletic. Mr. Fox’s tail is rescued, it is not in its original shape anymore. Mr. Fox does win the Rat, but he does not defeat the farmers.
HOW DOES IS END? At the end, the animals survived, butthey now must live in the sewer under the ground and can never return to their natural homes on the surface. In someways, Mr. Fox started the whole mess and lead to the bad sequences that his family and his friends have to suffer. However, he always tries to take the responsibility on him and treasure the family value. “And that’s OK, we’re told. We’ll eat tonight,” Mr. Fox says, “and we’ll eat together.”
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