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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!
- 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:
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.
Apple Cider (store bought or make your own)