Thursday, 21 June 2012

Fantastic Mr. Fox and UP 3D review (republished)

(This review for some reason has been lost from the website. I am republishing now but appreciate it is from late 2010. Both movies are still eligible for the 2014 Ripplestone Review Biennial Awards as they were originally reviewed after the 2008-2010 deadline and therefore fall into the 2010-2012 awards which were cancelled. There is also a review of Inception to follow. )

Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG)
Regency Enterprises/Indian Paintbox
20th Century Fox
*****

UP 3D (U)
Disney/Pixar

It is interesting to compare the two big animated films of this autumn, Fantastic Mr. Fox and UP 3D. While Disney Pixar's UP reaches for the sky with digital 3D dioramas of breathtaking beauty inhabited with the now familiar hyper-caricature3D cartoons, Wes Anderson's (The Royal Tenenbaums) Fantastic Mr. Fox opts for more traditional stop-motion animation, where models are photographed, moved, then photographed again to painstakingly build up a sequence of animation. Both movies have opted for quirky, low-key storylines which have added appeal to adult audiences and add sophistication to the genre.

UP 3D, written and directed by Pete Doctor (Wall-E) and Bob Peterson follows the adventures of a pensioner, Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), trying to deal with old age and the loss of his wife by fulfilling a long-held promise to explore a lost land in South America. He does this by tying a huge amount of helium balloons to his house and a young boy-scout, Russel, manages to tag along too and very soon they are plunged into a dangerous adventure featuring a bird named Kevin, a really bad baddie voiced by Christopher Plummer and a pack of dogs which have all the funniest moments in the movie.

In Fantastic Mr. Fox, George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray head up a cast of 'voices' for a storyline based loosely on a Roald Dahl book. Here the Fantastic Mr. Fox outwits three odious baddies while juggling a complicated family life. For me, the stop-frame technique hindered the storytelling in places, but there are plenty of awkward character interactions and 70's motifs to keep Wes Anderson fans happy.

Up
*****
Fantastic Mr. Fox
*****

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