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Fantastic Mr. Fox on Criterion

By DAVID WEINER

February 18, 2014

Director Wes Anderson's impressive ode to classic stop-motion animation is back on Criterion Blu-ray/DVD in a new digital master approved by the director. Anderson takes the beloved children's tale and makes it his own with the help of the vocal talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman, using charming, old-school stop-motion animation to tell the tale of an audacious, settled-down family fox who is chomping at the bit to raid a nearby farm, setting off a chain of events that threatens not only Mr. Fox, but the whole animal community. Bonus features include audio commentary, storyboard animatics, footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, the recording of the score, animation tests, an audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading his beloved book, a stop-motion Sony robot commercial by Anderson, a booklet featuring a new essay, White Cape, a comic book used as a prop in the film and much more.

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