We were too tired to drag our weary bones downtown to Tribeca earlier this week to catch the Q&A (and we love us some Q&A's) with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman. That does not diminish our aim to see Fantastic Mr. Fox within the first week of its release. Despite preferential Time Out NY only giving this film a mediocre three out of five stars, A.O. Scott of the NY Times was not so much forgiving as much as he was able to articulate so eloquently the reasons why this film isn't meant for everyone. Its intrinsic beauty lies in the idea that if it was "it would not be nearly as interesting as it is." Furthermore, "some people will embrace it with a special, strange intensity, as if it had been made for them alone." It's hard not to succumb to Scott's argument. He appreciates the film's "wit, its beauty and the sly gravity of its emotional undercurrents. " Read his full review, in which he ties in the strengths of Anderson's craftsman-like ingenuity- the very stuff we fell in love with the first time we saw Rushmore and the Royal Tenenbaums.
Also, listen to the commentary by Wes Anderson here.
Read how the puppets were made in Vanity Fair.