Knocked things back a bit today, kids (and staff) were all really tired so the expectation to be super productive was on the low down, which I was grateful for. Rocked up in my comfy clothes knowing that it was not going to be my most professional work day ever, and nestled in for the morning with the kids that did make it to school to watch Fantastic Mr Fox. Those of you that have visited my 'Hall of Fame' list would know that it is the only children's movie to have made that list, and it is a movie that is sincerely near and dear to my heart. Directed by one of my all time favourite directors Wes Anderson, and written by one of my favourite children's authors Roald Dahl, how can it not be a winner?
Anyway, this term I read the Fantastic Mr Fox novel with a number of children in reading groups, and had promised them a viewing of the film. Today seemed like the best day to indulge in that promise since it is the end of the term and everyone was knackered after last night's stint, but I didn't even realise that it was also the 100 year anniversary of Roald Dahl's birthday yesterday. This made it seem like it was not only amazingly appropriate to view the film today in homage to his book, but downright necessary! And so it was, I sat at work this morning sipping coffee and sharing one of my favourite children's movies of all time with a bunch of Grade 5/6 kids. A bloody nice way to spend a Wednesday morning if I do say so myself.
So cheers to you Mr Dahl, thanks for being such an awesome writer and leaving behind such an amazing body of work that is still enchanting children and adults like me, one hundred years on.
Release Date: 2009
Running Time: 87 mins
Wes Anderson never ceases to delight me. He is the master of absurdity and quirkiness, so naturally his interpretation of Roald Dahl's classic Fantastic Mr Fox was going to be wonderful.
This adorable stop-motion movie is a feast for your eyes from start to end. The details are imaginatively realised with the use of simple and everyday items, and there is so much heart in every frame of this work that you will find yourself utterly captivated.
When Mr Fox (voiced perfectly by George Clooney) decides to take on a group of farmers (Boggis, Bunce and Beans) for stocks and supplies, he ends up in all kinds of bother. Eventually, Mr Fox must call on the support of his own community in this showdown of wit and cunning.
This is smart and fresh film-making, and it is worthy of an adult audience just as much as a child's.
FINAL SAY: Cussing good.
5 Chili Peppers