Holy shit that’s awesome.
Yeah, that is awesome.
Yes, it is. Can’t wait.
I really want to like this, and then all I can see is another animated piece with a single, token woman in it.
This looks like a lot of fun, but, yes, I agree with Laurie.
I third that, but GC is really sexy.
that is maybe the worst voice acting i have ever heard
Did they just get Oceans Eleven all over my Rhode Dahl?
It’s cool seeing full-blown good old-fashioned stop-motion (they didn’t even go with CGI for things like smoke and liquid), but there’s a part of me thinking “Gee, good thing Roald Dahl’s dead and can’t hear about this.”
What Laurie & NCallahan said. Possibly still very good, though.
So HARD to not count the oceans.
Dunno if a caper film is best served by stop motion. Doesn’t make me jump up and run to the theater to line up early, and so *precious*.
Will put in the ‘rainy day’ folder.
(yes I have a ‘to buy’ folder, also a ‘BUY IT NOW SUPPORT THAT LYING ASSHOLE SET BUILDER GUY WHO CALLED ME A FILTHY PIRATE’ folder, both are full of HD rips, strangely, I still want to buy them. Filthy pirates)
Dude, thank you very muchly for posting this.
Yeah, I’m not digging it. Leave the stop motion to the the guys who know what they’re doing, guys, like Coraline (which is awesome). Seriously, the voice acting just sounds phoned in, the syncing on said voices looks HORRIBLE and the stop-motion is choppy as all hell.
What Laurie and ThatNickGuy said.
And the fox dude has creepy feet.
It looks too much like they’re trying to rip off Tim Burton’s style of stop-motion with a more sunny disposition.
In addition to Oceans Eleven (12… 13…), I’m seeing a lot of Secret of NIMH here and remaking that classic doesn’t do anything for me.
Coraline looked lovely, but overly polished. This is how I likes me stop-motion– “choppy as all hell.” Bring it!
Can’t wait to see this one.
I do like the look of this, but it makes me sad that they don’t even mention Roald Dahl’s name. He wrote lots of books, you know! Not just Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! He wrote The Witches and Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, which were all also made into films! What, that’s not good enough for you? *sigh*
Anyway. The other thing that bothers me about this is the slight bodge-up of the setting. The voice actors are all American, but the book was originally set in England, and it looks like most of the essentials have been preserved, which results in a weird mishmash of Americanness and Englishness that just feels wrong. But I expect I’ll get over that when I go to see it, which I have every intention of doing.
I’m hoping that what we’re seeing here is a somewhat rough cut of the animation, and it’ll be smoothed out by the time it hits theaters. That said, you really can’t go wrong with Clooney in a caper flick.
I know it’s petty, but I’m so sick of Wes Anderson using the *same* block font for every movie.
Dude, you cemented your hipster creds with Royal Tenanbaums, you don’t have to prove it anymore.
Apparently people here hate fun.
And the choppy animation style is pretty clearly an attempt to ape the old “Wind in the Willows” shorts. It’s weird, but I adore seeing animated films with their own distinctive look after decades of everyone trying to copy Disney, then Pixar.
My god, the voice acting is ATROCIOUS.
I’ll just wait for the superior Mexican Spanish dub.
this looks glorious. Bill murray is the only one who doesn’t sound fake though.
No, not awesome.
The book only had Mrs. Fox, that I recall (also, the various Mrs. other animals).
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” is one of my favourite Dahl books, so I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.
What Mad Scientist said.
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” was my favorite Roald Dahl story growing up. I can’t wait to see this. The tone will of course be much different, but I am a dribbling fan of this already.
Plus, Big Fan hits theaters this fall too! Somebody likes me.
I don’t think the voice acting is bad per se, just different. I mean, one or two people talking that way is ‘phoned in; EVERYBODY BUT BILL MURRAY talking that way seems like the director going for more understated performances.
I love Fantastic Mr. Fox. I love Wes Anderson. I love stop-motion animation. Basically, this can’t go wrong for me.
I second mtraptor.
This is like Neapolitan ice cream for me.
do they really work the word fantastic into every conversation in the actual film?
It’s not that this doesn’t look good, it just looks disappointingly divorced from the book in every meaningful way. I’m sure it can still be a good movie.
But while we’re here, why haven’t any other beloved books from my childhood been given a big screen treatment? Where’s Phantom Tollboth, Maniac Magee, and The Pushcart Wars?
NCallahan, Phantom Tollbooth HAS been given the bigscreen treatment, about 40 years ago! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064806/ I havent seen the film version, I’m just vaguely aware that it exists. Loved the book when I was a kid.
….wait, there’s a Phantom Tollboth cartoon directed by CHUCK JONES?! OH, HELL, I need a copy of this!
I’ve seen that Phantom Tollbooth film a thousand times on Argentinian tv, and I never knew what the hell it was (other than: awesome). Thanks for clearing that up, Internet people!
Phantom Tollbooth is a childhood favourite of mine, and well worth picking up.
“Leave the stop motion to the the guys who know what they’re doing, guys, like Coraline”
Several of the animators worked on both films, several of the puppet makers worked on both films. The ‘choppier’ animation style is a directorial choice.
Yeah, well…so’s your face.
Oh, that’s right. I went there. :p
“It looks too much like they’re trying to rip off Tim Burton’s style of stop-motion with a more sunny disposition.”
This cracked me up. Henry Selick just had a choking fit, yet again.
never read this Dahl book, but the Visual are so weird, i gotta check it out.
NCallahan: ….wait, there’s a Phantom Tollboth cartoon directed by CHUCK JONES?! OH, HELL, I need a copy of this!
I’m sorry to say it’s only okay. MGM didn’t give him much money to work with, and the musical numbers are kind of annoying.
“Yeah, well…so’s your face.
Oh, that’s right. I went there. :p”
Look, the wind changed and it just got stuck like this, alright! 😉
I loved this book! Enough that I am automatically skeptical of this adaptation, but Roald Dahl was an incredibly demented writer for kids and adults. Maybe it will be be all right.
I wish people would figure out that using big-name screen actors for voice work is distracting as hell. Use people who actually *specialize* in voice acting instead.
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