Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is, in my opinion, the best animated film of last year (it also tied with Where the Wild Things Are as my second favourite overall film of 2009). Whether it will earn that recognition at the Academy Awards this Sunday I’m not holding my breath on (Pixar’s Up is the golden child to win Best Animated Film). Either way, the film is a wonderful experience and I was pleasantly surprised to get a making-of featurette sent to me to post (video after the jump) ahead of the DVD and Blu-ray release on March 23.
The video, narrated by Jason Schwartzman (who voices the character of Ash in the film), is a very interesting look at how the puppets were made, how exhausting the stop-motion animation was to do, how the actors went on location to a farm to record their voice tracks, and how Anderson even directed part of the film from a remote location using a special computer system. The amount of work and passion that went into this project really comes across from this brief glimpse into the production.
Check out the featurette below and if you haven’t seen Fantastic Mr. Fox yet you’re missing out on something special.