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Last-minute holiday cheer

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If anyone is looking for a final holiday treat, I highly recommend the animated movie Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I review here.  Don’t think that you need to have a child in tow to see it; its satire of the urbane modern personality is hilarious; the dialogue is marvelously witty; and the soundtrack pulses with energy.  If you need a message, evolutionary biologists will cheer its moral that one’s nature is inbred.
 
I adore cartoons and every other type of animated film, because they display the human imagination at its apex of creativity, liberated from such unnecessary drags as gravity and every other law of the universe.  And they show the director’s knowledge of human expressiveness, since his actors do nothing by instinct.  He must explicitly command every pregnant pause, every ironic arch of an eyebrow.   We live in an age of great animators, one of many things to feel optimistic  about.

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5 comments

  • Author comment by David Hume · December 31, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I plan on seeing that soon actually. Thanks for the endorsement, final push.

  • John · January 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I’ll put in a plug for Avatar. It has the best effects of any movie, ever. Yes, the storyline is PC, but the movie is great anyway. If you can see it on 3D IMAX, so much the better.

  • Clark · January 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    It’s unfortunate that given it’s near universal praising by crtics that this was in and out of theatres so quickly. Meanwhile dreck like Area 52 was pushed everywhere. I recognize that’s the value of marketing which recognizes even crap can be profitable if you get them the first week or two before word of mouth spreads.

    Given the word of mouth on Fox is so strong that I suspect it’ll be a sleeper hit when released for home viewing.

  • Jane S · January 5, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Actually, it’s better not to go with a kid. The movie is inaccessible to most children. Even my savvy 9-year-old Roald Dahl fan found it mostly incomprehensible.

  • Zimriel · January 5, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    If you must watch Avatar, go to one of those “movie tavern” type places where they serve alcohol. At least then you’ll get a good laugh out of it.

    On the topic of Fantastic Mr Fox, and children: its director, Wes Anderson, signed the Polanski petition. No thanks.

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