Fantastic Mr FoxThe first still (left, click to enlarge) has surfaced from the set of director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel Fantastic Mr. Fox. It depicts PJ-clad Mr and Mrs Fox (voice of George Clooney and Meryl Streep), a young child fox and Badger (voice of Bill Murray). While the image itself isn’t particularly inspiring, news of the production will be pleasing for Anderson fans not in the know and it’ll be fascinating to see how the director’s quirk-laden style (massaged in left of centre hits like Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited) translates in the realms of stop-motion animation and the oeuvre of Roald Dahl movie adaptations. First published in 1970, the novel follows the eponymously fantastic Mr. Fox as he provides for his family by stealing chickens, turkeys and ducks from the property of three mean farmers, who launch a remorseless attack to find and kill him. Seems a little harsh but then again much of Dahl’s writing is steeped in menace, especially his kids books. Word has been circulating for years, BTW, about a John Cleese-scripted adaptation of The Twits, though I’m yet to see evidence of anything that’s come to fruition.

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