Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is one of the best animated movies in recent memory, which is another way of saying it lost the Oscar to “Up.” The “Rushmore,” “Royal Tenenbaums” and “Grand Budapest Hotel” writer-director’s sole foray into animation remains a favorite among the filmmaker’s works nevertheless, its arresting visuals and dark sense of humor distinguishing it from even the best Pixar fare.
Anderson’s skills are praised in a new YouTube video from Jack’s Movie Reviews centering on the film’s world-building, defined here as “the ability to develop an imaginary setting with an atmosphere that helps bring viewers into the story.” The narrator cites “Fantastic Mr. Fox” as his favorite example of the technique, beating out the likes of “Blade Runner” and “Lord of the Rings.” He first singles out the film’s tone, which is lighthearted as it veers far from realism, before moving on to its colorful cast of characters. This ensemble is of course led by the eponymous Mr. Fox (George Clooney), a ne’er-do-well thief who, true to custom, has to score one last heist.
“This feels like a world you’d want to be part of,” the narrator says near the end. Well, not if you own a chicken farm.