Analysis of Book:
The book by Dahl is obviously catered toward a younger crowd, incorporation rhymes and epithets. The book upfront does not seem to explore much of the adult themes, and shows the farmers as linear, simply horrendous farmers who are out to catch the fox. However, in such a short time span of four chapters already gunfire and suspense are used to draw attention to and to accelerate the pace of innocence and separation of good and evil. The story also introduces the importance of family and the self sacrificing male figure, along with the caretaker mother and dependent children, all facets of a family that is normal to modern day society.
Analysis of Movie:
The use of claymation and stop motion animation provided a medium between reality and pure animation suitable for all audiences, both the more mature and the children. Basically, it is creative as “cus”. This allows the foxes to seem human, yet retain a still savage nature of an animal such as the fox’s way of eating. Death in the film is the event that takes away the human and civilized aspect of the “wild animals of true nature and pure talents.” In the scene in whic hthe rat dies, his death becomes trivial when Mr. Fox says that he will become just another dead rat behind a Chinese restaurant. The film also focuses on family dynamics that are relateable to both children and parents, children who feel as if their parents favor another child, and parents who know they favor another or don’t know.
Analysis of adaptation:
The film keeps true to Dahl’s original content of foxes running for survival, but amps it up to be a more action packed film that has a moral to it. Instead of starting out as a family, the film really delves deep in to the family life of foxes, and thus human family dynamic as well. In dahl’s novel, the fox parents, mostly the dad, seems to love all the foxes equally. But Anderson adds in favoritism in his film and makes the little cub vie for his dad’s fatherly approval of his normalcy, and to be seen as everything that kristofferson is. It adds in a lot of violence that the book may include but still pass as innocent, since the film blatantly describes them to be violent and graphic. The theme of death is introduced but is not brushed over, rather contrasted with the need to survive. When the rat dies, that is their first brush with real death and seems to push everyone together. They do not want to die as savage, wild animals, who will be looked down upon by the humans.
This interview shows how much effort was put in to creating the game of whackbat, even though it only lasted for a minute or two of the movie.
2,) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEn5SC4QoNo Murray speaks of Anderson creating Fantastic Mr. Fox and how Anderson had the uncanny ability to pay attention todetail, not only in stop motion animation but also with using his life as the story for Mr. Fox. He drew in his personal life in order to cfreate the personality of Mr. Fox. The Badger, played by Murray, had a transforming personality when Murray was interpreting the badger, mostly the accent. He speaks of how the badger pushes people to do things they didn’t know they could do. He connects to the characters to great leaders like Napolean.
Jason, Ash’s voice, describes how the illustrators strung to gether 125k images and how they took 24 shots for each second of the movie in order to create the final product. The video shows the work done, the intricacy of each hair attached to the final cast of each character.
How does the film compare/contrast with Richard Linklater’s animated film A Scanner Darkly? It’s been argued that Linklater’s rotoscoping was oddly appropriate to the literary source (Philip K. Dick’s book). Is the same true ofFantastic Mr. Fox‘s animation style?
I do think that the stop animation/claymation was very appropriate for the movie. Rotoscoping provided viewers with a twisted, less clear vision, blurred even, like the minds of the drugabusers. The claymation/stopanimation provided viewers with a sense of reality but still maintained itself in fiction. It fit the theme of living and existentialism of the movie, in which the foxes are acting like humans yet still realized their wild animal side.