Following in the footsteps of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches, another of Roald Dahl’s much-loved stories—Fantastic Mr. Fox—heads to the big screen on November 13, reimagined as a stop-motion animated feature from Twentieth Century Fox. And the A-list team behind the project is as fantastic as the title character himself. The film is an adaptation of Dahl’s story, first published by Knopf in 1970, about a clever fox and his family, who outwit a trio of farmers.
The movie is the first animated project for director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums), who co-wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale). Lending their voices for the film’s characters are George Clooney (Mr. Fox) and Meryl Streep (Mrs. Fox), as well as Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson.
Mr. and Mrs. Fox (voiced by George Clooney and
Meryl Streep) in a scene from Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Following a monthlong celebration of Roald Dahl back in September, Penguin is offering three tie-in books: a picture book adaptation, which is illustrated with stills from the movie; a tie-in edition of Dahl’s original novel that includes a color photo insert; and a sticker book. And for readers interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the film, Rizzoli is publishing The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox, which includes interviews, scripts, storyboards, and other artwork including scenery and costumes.
Fans looking to get a taste of the film before its release can visit the official movie Web site, which features video clips, character bios, and games, as well as links to purchase a Fantastic Mr. Fox iPhone app and the film’s soundtrack.
Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie Picture Book by Roald Dahl. Puffin, $7.99 ISBN 978-0-14-241454-5
Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie Tie-in Edition by Roald Dahl. Puffin, $6.99 ISBN 978-0-14-241455-2
Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox Sticker Book . Price Stern Sloan, $5.99 ISBN 978-0-8431-8966-7
The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox . Rizzoli USA, $35 ISBN 978-0-8478-3354-2