By : Ranny Levy, Chris Pollock | Posted: 17 Mar 2010
Box Office $20.8 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG’ for action, smoking and slang humor.
Voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon.
A fox is in the henhouse, and this time you are rooting for him, in the entertaining stop-motion animated film based on the book by Roald Dahl.
When Fox finds out he is going to be a father, he promises to put his thieving ways behind him. He does not hold true to this promise, and chaos ensues as the farmers he steals from want revenge, affecting the entire underground animal community. As he struggles to right things, Fox also works on his relationship with his son while learning who he, himself, truly is.
Fantastic Mr. Fox keeps viewers riveted and assists children in working through problems and emotional issues. It inspires children to find reasonable, positive solutions to problems and promote the balance appreciation of self and others.
Children’s Jury: “This movie was surprisingly good. You knew what was going to happen, but not how, which kept it interesting. The voices fit the parts well because they made the fox sound human with an animal side, which is perfect. The animation was snappy, rather than smooth, but it fit the story. It looked almost perfect when the foxes were slinking around.”
Ranny Levy is president and founder of Kids First! (www.kidsfirst.org), a project of the nonprofit Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, which advocates responsible viewing choices for children.