The reviews you've read are all true, this is a pretty damn good movie & it's actually done the impossible by making me view it twice in theatres. A Wes Anderson movie is always welcome in the film industry, what with a filmography -relatively 10 years old- that reads like an impressive one for any veteran out there: The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore & The Darjeeling Limited being the standouts. It makes sense that he would tackle Roald Dahl's classic Fantastic Mr Fox and make it all his own -from what I've heard keeping the spirit of the source. Without a doubt this IS an Anderson movie. The style, characters and narrative we have come to appreciate are all there.
It's made from stop motion animation and has an astounding array of one liners and zingers that cannot be fully taken in during a single viewing. In fact, 2 times isn't even enough to fully GET and grasp everything that is on screen. First off, the animation is beautiful and makes you want to just get inside this incredible world that Anderson has created. Not even the images I'm posting can actually justify the way it is all run. Secondly, I love the voice actors chose, George Clooney -him again- is perfectly cast as the dysfunctional father Mr Fox and Meryl Streep -wonderful in Julie and Julia- is pure class as the Mrs of the fox bunch.
The jokes are limitless. So is this movie's imagination.
There are folks who will take this movie way too seriously being that it is an Anderson picture and it follows the rather somber Darjeeling Limited from 2 years ago but I say go into it to just have a good time, it's his goofiest movie -even more than Bottle Rocket or the disappointing Life Aquatic- & if anything don't be terrified that you're going to a kids movie. This is far more adult than one might think, especially with the cast and director involved with the project.
What Anderson does here is look at the smallest, most intimate of details to give an artfulness that frankly lacks in most animated movies. It's breezy fun and I suggest you go a few times to fully grasp its pleasurable pros (1) The incredibly colorful animation (2) the insanely addictive jokes & (3) the goofy story of a fox that just wanted some damn chickens & -not to forget- Apple cider.