1. “Fantastic Mr. Fox written by Roald Dahl contains an overall theme which is family relationships. No matter what happened in the story Mr. and Mrs. Fox and their children always stuck together and love each other in the end. They dug together and were by each other’s side when things got rough and people were digging up their home. Even Boogus, Bunce and Bean have a family like relationship; the way they teamed up and decided to take down the fox together shows their perhaps brotherly bond. In each scenario these people (or foxes) work together to achieve a common goal or interest.
  2. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” directed by Wes Anderson contains themes such as identity and thievery. Mr. Fox and his son Ash are two characters that struggle with identity in the film. At one point Mr. Fox even asked himself and the possum “Who am I? Why a fox?” One of the reasons why he struggles so much with thievery is because he is searching for his identify and with the fact that he is a fox and it’s in his nature to steal. (Like Professor Byrne pointed out in the lecture it is the famous Nature vs. Nurture epidemic) Ash is extremely insecure with himself and that is known by the way that he treats his cousin. He is also searching for his identity and wanting to make his father proud throughout the whole movie, like the way Kristofferson does. Thievery is theme that the movie is basically based upon. Mr. Fox steals birds at the beginning of the movie with his wife, and then later comes up with a master one last time plan to steal. Then Bunce shoots off and steals Mr. Fox’s tail and Ash comes up with a plan to steal it back.
  3. The adaptation of this novel is very unlike any novel and film combination we have looked at before in this class. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is too short to become a movie on it’s own, so a lot of plotlines (and a character) had to be added in order to create a regular feature length film. This is considered an issue or problem because the director had to do a lot of changes to the story but just in a different way. Instead of subtracting things he had to add them because the story being one for children, was just not long enough. It’s refreshing to see the opposite side of the spectrum for once and I am sure for a director filming this movie, it’s a completely different experience then lets say Harry Potter.
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRugUl_Wbqk&feature=fvwrel

This source gives veiwers a little behind the scenes look on what it takes to make the stop motion animation movie “Fantastic Mr. Fox”.

http://performingarts.uncg.edu/event/fantastic-mr-fox

This source informs that the book was also adapted into a play at the University of North Carolina.

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/the-fantastic-mr-fox/featurette-cutting-edge

This source is important in understanding the film because before I saw this movie I didn’t understand what stop motion animation was, probably like most students in this class. So seeing this video helped me to understand the process and all the work that went into making this movie. This video helps explain the process of this animation but also some tips and tricks that make the process a little quicker like their “fish-kat” technique and the fact that they can film 35 scenes at once. The whole aspect of the technology of the process helps in itself as well, like being able to send the director a picture or live stream and get his approval with the click of a button is convenient. (I can’t even imagine 5,2,29 shots and 621,450 frames)

5.   Q: The film introduces a character not present in the book: the son of Mr. Bean, who is always seen stuffing his face and watching TV. How does this character compare/contrast with other characters from Roald Dahl adaptations (such as Mike TV and Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)?

A: This character that was in the film but not in the book could be put there to     emphasize and show a common theme of where youth is headed in this day and age. Mr. Bean’s son sitting in front of the television and stuffing his face means that the director wanted to show that his is what a lot of kids to nowadays. This reminds me of two characters in Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” one of which was Mike Teavee (TV) who all he did was play video games and be in front of the TV all day. The other character is Augustus Gloop who loved to eat which eventually got him in trouble. I think of Mr. Bean’s son as a combination of these two characters from Dahl’s other movie. The director probably added this character in the film “Fantastic Mr. Fox” to emphasize themes he saw in Dahl’s other movies and find another way to tie them all together and make them seem related.

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