Movie Wednesday: Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Roald Dahl wrote many books which captured the hearts of more than one generation. Many of his books have been adapted into films, and Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the very best.

In his youth, Mr. Fox had a thrilling time as a dashing hero, stealing poultry from any farmer he could find. But now he’s a respectable member of society, married with a son, and living a quiet life as a newspaper columnist. Until he secretly performs one last, spectacular raid on three different farms—belonging to Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three of the richest and scariest men alive.

As a result of his recklessness, Mr. Fox now has to save his family and friends from the farmers’ revenge. As the animals flee from their homes and shelter deep underground, with no food and no future, can Mr Fox make up for his selfishness by truly being fantastic?

It may differ wildly from the original book, but Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully unusual and witty family film, and one of the most beautifully animated films ever made. Give it a go!

Discussion Questions

  • If you’ve read the book, how do you think it compares to the film? Support your view with examples.
  • Was Mr. Fox right to risk his family’s lives by stealing from Boggis, Bunce and Bean? Pretend you are a lawyer, either defending Mr. Fox or prosecuting him then write your opening statement to a jury.
  • Were Boggis, Bunce and Bean justified in destroying an entire wood in order to wipe out a family of foxes? Were they just trying to protect their livelihood, or did they take it too far? Explain.
  • Instead of using CGI, the filmmakers used stop motion animation to make this film. Do you think the film would work as well if made with CGI animation. What about live action?
  • If you’ve seen any other films based on Roald Dahl books, such as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory or The BFG, which do you think is the best, and why?

Want to throw a Fantastic Mr. Fox viewing party? Here are some resources:

Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie Party

Fox Crafts (finger puppets, fox mask, etc.)

The food in the film is either meat or carrots and the drink is cider, so here are a few related sweet treats.

Yummy Scrummy Carrot Cake

Turkey Cupcakes

Apple Cider (store bought or make your own)

Enjoy!

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Arrow Boomerang 2016-17 Book Clubs

Rather than reading in isolation, without the benefit of examining the writing and the layers of meaning novelists intend their readers to experience, The Arrow and Boomerang Book Clubs provide a forum for that opportunity.

Homeschool students especially need the chance to talk about what they read—yet the busy mother-of-many doesn’t always have time to read those lengthy dense books, let alone discuss them in depth!

Brave Writer provides you a virtual coffee house—where students gather to freely discuss the novels they read at home.

The 2016-17 Books

ARROW

August: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
September: The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)
October: Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
November: Carry On Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
December: The Birchbark House (Louise Erdrich)
January: The Green Ember (S. D. Smith)
February: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis)
March: Out of My Mind (Sharon M. Draper)
April: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park)
May: The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

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August: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
September: Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George)
October: The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain)
November: Moon Over Manifest (Clare Vanderpool)
December: American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang)
January: Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)
February: The Crossover (Kwame Alexander)
March: Divergent (Veronica Roth)
April: The Chosen (Chaim Potok)
May: Echo (Pam Munoz Ryan

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Friday Freewrite: One Instrument

Friday Freewrite

Imagine there can only be one kind of instrument in the world. If you could choose, which instrument would it be and why?

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Movie Wednesday: Bridge to Terabithia

Movie Wednesday: Bridge to Terabithia
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Bridge to Terabithia isn’t a nice, simple movie you can unwind with. It’s the sort of film that breaks your heart, mends it again, and leaves you with tears in your eyes. It’s not the easiest film to watch, but it’s absolutely worth watching.

Jess lives a fairly ordinary life. He goes to school, avoids bullies, argues with his parents, and draws in his bedroom. But his life becomes extraordinary when a girl called Leslie moves in next door. She’s rich, outgoing, and an only child, everything Jess isn’t. Despite their differences, they become firm friends, and when they find a way into the woods near their homes and discover an abandoned treehouse, they create an entirely new world for themselves: Terabithia.

In Terabithia, they can do anything they want—right trolls, beat bullies, run as fast as the wind. But when tragedy strikes, all of Terabithia’s magic might not be enough to heal a broken heart.

This family film is sweet without bring sentimental, heart-breaking without being despondent, and uplifting without being cheesy. Give it a watch!

Discussion Questions

  • If you’ve read the original book by Katherine Paterson, how do you think the film compares to it? Is it a faithful adaptation? Share a few examples to support your answer.
  • Describe Jess and May Belle’s father.
  • Leslie tells Jess, “Close your eyes, but keep your mind wide open.” What do you think this means?
  • Was it selfish of Jess to go on the field trip with Ms. Edmunds without Leslie? Why or why not.
  • Were Jess and Leslie being sensible to play in the woods by themselves without anyone knowing? Would you let your children do that? Explain.
  • What might have happened if Jess and Leslie had never met?

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