Friday, December 24, 2010

12 Days of Favorites: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

The story of Love & Squalor begins many years before the fateful meeting of Wilde.Dash and M, long before the almost nightly movie marathons on uncomfortable and rank smelling dorm furniture and Sound of Music sing-a-longs. From the mid 80’s on, unaware of each others’ presence, M and Wilde.Dash were bonding with family, not over board games or a large family meal (ok, there was a lot of that too), but over the likes of Woody Allen and Walter Pidgeon. The holidays in said families were filled with the usual Christmas fair, but also with strange family film favorites and traditions. So hang your stockings with care and when your sister starts complaining about your billionth viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life and how boooooring it is, spend your 12 Days of Christmas with the movies that have followed Love & Squalor from infancy to bloggerhood.
I was all ready to post I Heart Huckabees for my version of today's 12 Days of Favorites, but while getting ready for family to come over and scrubbing out dishes, The Fantastic Mr. Fox happened to come on HBO, and I just couldn't leave it off. Wes Anderson's stop-motion classic is all over this website, and will probably be on here again. Both Wilde.Dash and I loved it (five hearts and all), because its just magical. Nostalgic, beautiful, funny, and inventive, it's impossible not to be utterly charmed by it, especially with George Clooney voicing the title role. Anderson spared no expense, on time or art production, formulating a world that encapsulates everything holy about childhood without downgrading the surroundings or humor to include the kids, allowing the work to naturally draw them in instead of patronizing them. It's also a great holiday movie, with an autumnal setting, perfect for sitting by the fire while snow falls outside.

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