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Family Matinee

Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Saturday 2/22
2:00 pm
$5 Adults & Children over age 2
FREE IHP Members

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dir. Wes Anderson, USA, 2009, 87 min.

Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox's wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers -- Boggis, Bunce and Bean -- who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost.

"Wes Anderson's utterly charming Fantastic Mr. Fox is that rarity: a children's movie for all. Anderson and co-screenwriter Noah Baumbach have taken [Roald] Dahl's beloved 1970 tale of a thieving, clever fox and created a stop-motion animated classic, with affection for the original present in every frame.

Shot in an earthy palette of yellows, oranges and browns (suiting a story that takes place primarily underground), Fantastic Mr. Fox has a handmade look to it: The creatures resemble beloved stuffed animals plucked from a child's bed, and the sometimes jerky stop-motion movement has a crafty beauty of its own, with the foxes delicately poised on their toes like ballerinas. It's a world away from the computer-generated perfection of a Pixar movie, but every bit as enthralling and maybe even more magical: When you notice an animal's eyes are moist, it's unexpectedly moving. Fantastic Mr. Fox is ultimately about survival, wit and the joys of extended family, and it ends with a wild dance of celebration. You just may want to join in." - Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times