Darkened Rooms: Fantastic Mr Fox (PG)
USA/2009/97mins/PG. Dir: Wes Anderson Voices: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
Wily and audacious Mr. Fox loses his tail to the loathsome trio of exploitative farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean. Mr. Fox is no saint himself, having been a flourishing chicken thief until times grew risky, a secret kept from upright Mrs. Fox. Facing subterranean incarceration, he mobilises his fellow creatures under siege to rise up against the brutish farmers. Wes Anderson’s retelling visualises Dahl’s classic tale with wicked panache and psychedelic dazzle through idiosyncratic stop-animation and set design.
Screening with Moonrise Kingdom in Cardiff’s Norwegian Church as part of the Roald Dahl On Film season. This historic building has both a unique connection to Roald Dahl himself and a surprising resemblance to one of Moonrise Kingdom’s key locations.