Fantastic Mr. Fox
It's about what you'd expect from a Wes Anderson movie, in animated form: if you find his work twee, you'll hate it, and if you like its offbeat charm, you'll enjoy it.
It tries a little too hard for a conventional upbeat-ending structure, I think because it's ostensibly For Kids, but a lot of the texture in it that made it work for me is not material I think most kids would understand — so it doesn't exactly work as a children's movie, but it's a bit conventional as an animated feature for adults.
For example, substituting the word "cuss" for actual curse words — whether it's clever or cutesy is a matter of taste (it landed with me as a bit of both), but I loved the throwaway shot of a graffito on a building that says "CUSS." I can't think that's aimed at six-year-olds.
Don't get me wrong — it's preferred, and eminently possible, to aim for both demos at once. I just don't know if this hits them both…or either, in the end. Funny in spots, the voice work is good, but I won't need to watch it again.
Sarah 41, Death Race 17; 11 of 24 categories completed
Tags: movies Oscars 2010 Death Race Wes Anderson