Old-school animation: Fantastic Mr Fox

Towelling for grass, cotton balls for smoke and cling film for water – Wes Anderson has reverted to traditional forms of animation in his new film Fantastic Mr Fox.

I’ve spoken a lot about the future of 3D animation on this blog, but I’d like to highlight a great piece of stop-motion animation in Wes Anderson's take on Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – starring George Clooney, Bill Murray and Meryl Streep.

In a recent interview, director Anderson discusses the effort he went to, relying on old techniques, and it really pays off. The animation was created here in London, where he steered clear of digital animation and used material to create effects - like towelling for grass, cotton balls for smoke and cling film for water where possible. I must say, while I’m one of the first to sing the praises of developments in film creation like advances in 3D cinema – it’s great to see a picture going back to basics and producing fantastic results.

The movie does look adorable and I agree with the opinion expressed on thepeoplesmovies’s blog that it was a bold move for a director to create animation in classic stop-motion style in the days of computer generated effects – however, it’s bound to be a hit. On top of the great production, the film boasts an impressive voice cast that is sure to be a pull with the audience.

There are very few other companies who are embracing stop-motion animation.  Aardman is another company which is still producing that quirky old-school feel when generating animations.

If you haven’t seen it yet check out the Fantastic Mr Fox trailer on our YouTube channel. What do you think? Is there still a place for old-school animation in today’s film industry?

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Mon 19 Oct 2009: 4:21pm

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  • StopMo:

    Most definitely. There is a place for old-school stop-motion animation. These are the very best movies. Fantastic Mr Fox, Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach. There is just something magical about bringing these characters to life, frame by frame. 1/24th of a second at a time...... I hope to see more of these from Wes Anderson

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