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Apr 11 / Michael

Fantastic Mr. Fox: notes, quotes, and explosions

Fantastic Mr. Fox is the second-best movie I’ve seen this year, so, though it was a little labor intensive, I have given it the full NQ&E treatment . . .

Running time: 87 minutes

Fantastic Mr. Fox is based on the novel by Roald Dahl. It was made, fittingly enough, by 20th Century Fox Animation. It is the first animated film directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums).

Rated PG, for some violence against chickens

Mr. Fox twice mentions that he has a “phobia” of wolves. Clinically, this is known as lupophobia.

Explosions: 3
* the foxes’ (former) hilltop home, blown up by the farmers
* some magnesium, blown up by Kristofferson’s boorish beaver lab partner
* a news van, blown up by a flaming pine cone; film at 11
Badger also claims to be a “demolitions expert,” but this is unsubstantiated (and suspect).

Mr. Fox (George Clooney): “Honey, I’m seven non-fox years old; my father died at seven and a half. I don’t want to live in a hole anymore.”

Badger (Bill Murray): “Franklin Bean is a turkey and apple farmer. He invented his own species of both. He lives on a liquid diet of strong alcoholic cider.”

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Mr. Fox: “Remember, they aren’t very smart but they’re incredibly paranoid, so always kill a chicken in one bite.”

Mr. Fox: “I said one bite!”
Kylie (Wally Wolodarsky): “I’m trying! I have a different kind of teeth than you: I’m an opossum!”

Ash (Jason Schwartzman): “You’re supposed to be my lab partner.”
Agnes (Juman Malouf): “I am!”
Ash: “No you’re not; you’re disloyal.”

Mr. Fox: “I’m supposed to cover this book party at some animal’s nest in a tobacco field down the hill…”
Mrs. Felicity Fox (Meryl Streep): “What’s the book?”
Mr. Fox: “Some memoir.”

Rat (Willem Dafoe): Y’all are trespassing now—illegally!”

Mr. Fox: “You’ve aged badly, Rat.”
Rat: “You’re looking a little long in the tooth yourself, partner.”

Franklin Bean (Michael Gambon): “What are you singing, Petey?”
Petey (Jarvis Crocker): “Just . . . Just making it up as I went along, really.”
Bean: “That’s just weak song-writing. You wrote a bad song, Petey!”

Bean: “I don’t trust this guy . . . Anyway, set up the ambush.”

Helicopter pilot (Rob Hersov): “I’ve got a fox on a motorcycle with a littler fox and, uh, what looks like to be an opossum in the sidecar . . . Does that sound like anything to anybody?”
Previously . . .
* Run, Fat Boy, Run: notes and quotes
* Reno 911! Miami: quotes and explosions


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  1. Debbie / Apr 11 2010

    I loved this movie. I especially loved:
    1) The way Mr. Fox ate;
    2) The excessively long and flawless dive that the cousin performed;
    3) The dramatic tunneling scene.

    Did I use my semicolons correctly?

  2. Michael / Apr 12 2010

    Yes! All of those scenes were amazing. The first time he ate like that, after a sedate morning conversation, was hilarious! I really liked the whackbat scene and the opossum’s blank expression, too.

  3. Amelia bollons / Jun 11 2016

    I Don’t like the Rat Fighting and Death Rat Because is very upset with me And Rat says is SSS I will go upset again happen again

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