Movie Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Watched 20110430 (McNaughton Plan from Eisenhower Library)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Wes Anderson. 87 min [botnotsn (1970) by Roald Dahl]

Relevant Links:
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wikipedia.org)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (IMDb.com)

20110430:
I recall reading the book for class in elementary school. I don't, however, remember a thing.

The animation took some getting used to. The animation is a little different than some of the other stop-motion films I've seen. However, towards the end, I find the movie charming. It's sort of quirky and its humor is decent.

I think my enjoyment is largely due in part to George Clooney voicing Mr. Fox. Clooney's film personality just works perfectly.

With this movie, I started wondering, maybe some of the stop-motion movies I've seen aren't claymation, but just puppet stop-motion. I tried to look for answers with google but I would take my findings with a grain of salt:
Mary and Max (2009)
Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian clay-animated feature film directed and written by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_and_Max)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
The movie James and the Giant Peach is created using clay for animation, known as claymation. Thanks for using ChaCha! (Source: http://www.chacha.com/question/is-the-movie-james-and-the-giant-peach-claymation-or-animation)
Coraline (2009)
Neither! Coraline was made through the labor-intensive technique of stop-action animation, using puppets and miniature sets. (Source: http://www.chacha.com/question/is-coraline-claymation-or-computer-generated)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox is considered stop-motion animation, since it uses both clay models and puppets. ChaCha! (Source: http://www.chacha.com/question/is-fantastic-mr.-fox-claymation-or-puppets)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas is not listed as using claymation, but used puppets. The filmmakers constructed 227 puppets to represent the characters in the movie. ChaCha! (Source: http://www.chacha.com/question/is-coraline-claymation-or-computer-generated)

The soundtrack was interesting. Variety of music.

The use of the word "cuss" in place of where bad words usually go. Example: "What the cuss."

Memorable:
Mr. Fox's trademark: whistle and two clicks.

Recommendation:
If you love George Clooney, you should consider watching this movie.

I watched all the specials:
From Script to Screen. Mostly talks about the various aspects of the director getting his vision onto the screen. This includes careful planning and having all the scenes planned out, since stop-motion takes so long.
Still Life (Puppet Animation). Talks about some of the particulars to stop-motion animation. For example the fur on the puppets.
A Beginner's Guide to Whack-Bat. This really reiterates what was said and shown in the movie. It's not that illuminating.
Theatrical Trailer. The trailer uses many of the jokes from the movie, and some parts of the trailer are clips from the movie played out of order to create jokes that aren't really there.
Sneak Peek. "Whip It"<-I want to watch. Family favorites consists of "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Horton Hears a Who," "Robots," "Garfield," "Dr. Dolittle," and some others I don't recognize. Ten dvd cases show at the end of the minute long clip.

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