As loyal cinephiles, we love the work of Wes Anderson. While you’d be hard-pressed to say that Wes Anderson has grown as a filmmaker throughout his career, you can’t deny that he has a style all his own that has connected with a particular audience. You can call them hipsters, or you can call them craft beer enthusiasts, or whatever you want, but we’re note going to judge anyone’s love of Wes Anderson.
Now the director behind movies such as The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel is taking some jabs from the folks at Honest Trailers. And just as we said before, Wes Anderson hasn’t really evolved much as a director, and that’s why this edition of Honest Trailers takes aim at all of the filmmaker’s movies. Read More »
(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: here are the most essential stop-motion animated movies.)
Stop-motion animation is largely seen as a quaint relic. An animation style that has roots in the earliest days of cinema — the first reported film to use stop-motion animation was Vitagraph’s lost 1897 film Humpty Dumpty Circus. Stop-motion would remain at the cutting edge of movie-making, central to special effects used in live-action movies like Star Wars, and winning mainstream popularity at the height of the animation renaissance in the ‘90s.
Stop-motion animation is the manipulation of any physical object — ranging from paper cutouts, puppets, Lego bricks, and yes, clay. It’s one of the most tedious formats you can imagine, requiring hours to set up a simple one-minute shot. But despite the domination of CG animation in the past decade, stop-motion is here to stay. Just look to this year’s Berlinale darling, Isle of the Dogs, and the latest Aardman film Early Man.
Here are the most essential stop-motion animated movies.
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Cinema is full of famous couples, and pop culture artist Nan Lawson pays tribute to nearly a couple dozen of them in her Meet Cute 2 art show at Gallery 1988. However, rather than assembling the most obvious couples from the big screen, Lawson has focused on some more niche choices and less likely pairings that we’ve seen in movies over the years.
Gallery 1988 has unveiled the entire line-up of pieces in the Nan Lawson Meet Cute 2 art show, featuring the couples of The Big Lebowski, Beetlejuice, Baby Driver, Mary Poppins, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Parks and Recreation, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bob’s Burgers, Batman Returns, Stranger Things, The Shape of Water and more. Read More »
Wes Anderson‘s lovely adaptation of Road Dahl‘s Fantastic Mr. Fox wasn’t a box-office smash. Anderson himself has admitted if a studio adapted the story as a CG-animated movie, it probably would’ve been more financially successful. Creatively speaking, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a home run, a movie that won back a lot of fans for Anderson after the mixed responses to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited. Those fans of Fantastic Mr. Fox should be ecstatic to learn a new Wes Anderson stop-motion movie is next for the acclaimed filmmaker.
Read more about the director’s newest project after the jump.
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The technology behind animation has come a long way in a short amount of time, and with the help of state of the art computers, artists are able to create some truly mind-blowing and mesmerizing imagery in feature animation. And this begs, the question: what are the most beautiful animated films ever made?
Well, CineFix tries to answer that big question with a new video essay that counts down the Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Films of All Time. There’s some bold choices here and an exclusion of one particularly revered animation legend that will stir up some uproar, but you can’t deny that their choices are indeed beautiful animated motion pictures. Find out the whole list after the jump! Read More »
Foxcatcher is getting a lot of attention for its tone, its performances, and Steve Carell’s nose. But that title proved to be irresistable for one editor, and now we can show you something that was probably inevitable. Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher is exactly what you think it might be: a mash-up of the trailers for Foxcatcher and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Specifically, it uses the audio from the new film with the images of Anderson’s movie. Some parts work better than others, but the bits that do work are, well, fantastic. Read More »
When discussing the films of Wes Anderson, many people seem to choose 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox as their least favorite of his movies. I find that fact to be crazy because, in 2009, Fantastic Mr. Fox was my favorite film of the year.
Sure it looked different from rest of Anderson’s films, but at its heart, it really wasn’t. Anderson’s musical choices, parental themes, locked-off camera angles and long takes were all there, just seen through the eyes of stop-motion animation. Watch it again and it’s as timeless, if not more so, than most of the directors other films.
And now, it’s the first Anderson film to get its own toy line. Funko will release four beautiful Fantastic Mr Fox toys from the animated film in November. Check them out below. Read More »
The new Wes Anderson movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is garnering praise left and right. While you wait for its March opening date, there’s plenty of time to take in the new blu-ray release of an older Anderson movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Criterion Collection disc, which hits stores next week, features an extensive suite of making-of features — enough to place the disc in good company with the rest of Criterion’s Anderson releases.
Below you can check out a trailer for the release, narrated by voice actor and former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. Read More »
The Red Vic Movie House on Haight street in San Francisco has been producing limited edition posters to celebrate the 30th year of one of the last great movie houses. Two of the posters I really love were created by Zoltron. I must warn you that both prints are completely sold out. The first is for Wes Anderson‘s Fantastic Mr Fox, and the second if for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
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FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Fantastic Mr. Fox is as attuned to Wes Anderson’s filmmaking idiosyncrasies as any of his past work, and yet somehow it’s never felt more appropriate. Stranger still, he manages to stay true to the spirit of the book, despite Roald Dahl having his own offbeat brand of charm and quirk. It seems though that Dahl’s story gave Anderson exactly the starting-off point he needed, and he used the decidedly more simple and focused narrative to fashion a movie uniquely his own, in the best way possible. Anderson’s symmetrical framing and artful use of color translate perfectly to the animated world, and the rough, makeshift design of the sets and character design add an imperfect appeal that most animators wouldn’t even consider exposing audiences to in this day and age. If there’s one area that might’ve benefitted from an update it’s the faces of the characters, because though the old-school models fit nicely with the rest of the film’s stylistic approach, they come dangerously close to looking like dead-eyed puppets. This would probably be more of an issue were the voice acting not so perfect, and were the pace of the movie not so delightfully fast and fun. In a year filled with spectacular animated films, Fantastic Mr. Fox manages to stand out amongst them as the most interesting and original of the bunch.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Two featurettes (“From Script to Screen”, “Still Life (Puppet Animation)”), and A Beginner’s Guide to Whack-Bat. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 4 documentary featurettes (“The Look Of Fantastic Mr. Fox”, “The Puppet Makers”, “The Cast”, “Bill And His Badger”), a Fantastic Mr. Fox: The World Of Roald Dahl featurette, a DVD copy of the film, and a digital copy.
|BEST DVD PRICE
|Amazon – $17.99
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
|Amazon – $24.99
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