Education Blog

Viewing: Fantastic Mr. Fox

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 05.14.20

Fantastic Mr. Fox 

87 min. 2009. USA. English. Rated PG.

Recommended Age: 7+

Read Common Sense Media to learn more about whether Fantastic Mr. Fox is right for your child. 

Streaming: Rent/Purchase Amazon , YouTube , iTunes 


Up on a hill, in a base of tree, Mr. and Mrs. Fox live a happy and comfortable life with their son Ash. However, Mr. Fox soon slips back into his old animal ways and starts to steal chickens and other delicious foods from the farms close by. Fed up with the antics of Mr. Fox, the evil farmers—Boggis, Bunce, and Bean—set out to capture him, resulting in a thrilling showdown between humans and animals.

Why JBFC Kids Curator, Emily Ohara, @TeachEmFilm, recommends it: 

“What’s this thing you do, the clicking and the whistling?” “Oh that? That’s by trademark.” Mr. Fox turns stares into the camera and clicks and whistles with a charming wink to the audience. This is just one of many humorous little jokes both children and especially adults will enjoy. The iconic film director's, Wes-Anderson-look is celebrated in each frame; from camera movement, symmetrical framing, color schemes, props and costuming to the dry humor. With such detail, you will find yourself totally captivated by the sets and marvel at the ingenuity and patience it took to animate using stop motion these unforgettable furry friends.

Fun Fact:

Director Wes Anderson chose to record the voices outside rather than in a studio. That meant bringing the voice actors, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and others to the forest, in a stable, and even underground!

I Spy Activity:

While watching the film, notice the following:

  • Where are the characters and objects placed in the film? Are they in the center or off-center of the frame? Read more about the rule of thirds HERE!


  • What tones and colors are most dominant? Why do you think this is? In the image below what colors stand out? 

Take it Further 

  • If you loved the movie and want to support our local bookstore, Village Bookstore , order “Fantastic Mr. Fox” HERE
  • Visit the official Roald Dahl website and learn more about the book Fantastic Mr. Fox HERE!
  • Go behind the scenes to how the film was made!