Education Blog

Viewing: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 05.28.20

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales 


80 min. 2017. France. English Dubbed. G.

Recommended Age: 6+

Read Common Sense Media to learn more about whether The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales is right for your child. 

Streaming: Hoopla Digital (Free), Rent/Purchase: AmazonYouTubeGooglePlay 


Synopsis: 

The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again!


Why JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara (@TeachEmFilm) recommends it: 

This delightful triptych of interlocking stories harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts and slapstick two-reelers. But underneath the gags, the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life. Have fun being washed over by the watercolor setting and hand drawn characters. Don’t hold back on the laughs either, even though some of them might go over your kiddos’ heads.


Fun Fact: 

The directors were inspired by the silent films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to give the film that old slapstick movie feel.



Take it Further:

  • Create a soundscape by first drawing a scene from the movie. Using the iMovie app, add three different sounds that you would hear if you were actually there. Check out our Soundscape Activity HERE! 
  • Read the graphic novel the film was based on, written and illustrated by Benjamin Renner. Support our local bookstore, Village Bookstore,  and purchase the book here


JBFC Kids: At Home Viewing List 

JBFC Kids curator Emily Ohara has selected her favorite films from shorts to documentaries, animations to silent films, these engaging and meaningful stories are fun for the whole family - And ready to stream!

For parent reviews of each film please visit: www.commonsensemedia.org