Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 animated film about an urbane fox who cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Year:
2009
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Mr. Fox:
[addressing the others from atop a pile of bricks] In a way, I'm almost glad that flood interrupted us because I don't like the toast I was giving. I'm gonna start over.

[Mr. Fox switches on his radio. "Le Grand Choral" plays. He gestures as if holding a wine glass]

Mr. Fox:
When I look down this table, with the exquisite feast set before us, I see: two terrific lawyers, a skilled pediatrician, a wonderful chef, a savvy real estate agent, an excellent tailor, a crack accountant, a gifted musician, pretty good minnow fisherman, and possibly the best landscape painter working on the scene today. Maybe a few of you might even read my column from time to time, Who knows? I tend to doubt it.

[brief pause]

Mr. Fox:
I also see a room full of wild animals.

[He approaches their groups as he speaks]

Mr. Fox:
Wild animals, with true natures and pure talents. Wild animals with scientific-sounding Latin names that mean something about our DNA. Wild animals each with his own strengths and weaknesses due to his or her species.

[re-ascends the brick pile]

Mr. Fox:
Anyway, I think it may very well be all the beautiful differences among us that might just give us the tiniest glimmer of a chance of saving my nephew, and letting me make it up to you for getting us into this, this crazy... whatever it is. I don't know. It's just a thought. Thank you for listening. Cheers, everyone.

[mimics draining the imaginary glass and smashing it to the floor]

Kylie:
Lets eat!

[All eyes turn to Kylie]

Kylie:
What? I was just playin' along with the bit he was doing...

Badger:
Don't buy this tree, Foxy. You're borrowing at nine-and-a-half with no fixed rate, plus moving into the most dangerous neighborhood in the country for someone of your type of species.

Mr. Fox:
You're exaggerating, Badger.

Badger:
[scoffs] I'm sugar-coating it, man. This is Boggis, Bunce, and Bean; three of the meanest, nastiest, UGLIEST farmers in the history of this valley.

Mr. Fox:
Really? Tell me about them.

Badger:
[sighs] All right. Walt Boggis is a chicken farmer, probably the most successful in the world. He weighs the same as a young rhinoceros. He eats three chickens every day for breakfast, lunch, supper, and dessert. That's twelve in total per diem. Nate Bunce is a duck and goose farmer. He's approximately the size of a pot-bellied dwarf, and his chin would be underwater in the shallow end of any swimming pool on the planet. His food is homemade donuts with smashed up goose livers injected into them. Frank Bean is a turkey and apple farmer. He invented his own species of each. He lives on a liquid diet of strong alcoholic cider, which he makes from his apples. He's as skinny as a pencil, as smart as a whip, and possibly the scariest man currently living. The local human children sing a kind of... eerie little rhyme about him. Here, listen to this. [turns on the radio]

Children:
[singing] ? Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. One fat, one short, one lean. Those horrible crooks so different in looks, were nonetheless equally mean. ?

Badger:
[turns off the radio] In summation, I just think you gotta not do it, man. That's all.

Mr. Fox:
I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.

Badger:
The cuss you are.

Mr. Fox:
The cuss am I? Are you cussing with me?

Badger:
No, you cussing with me?

Mr. Fox:
Don't cuss, and point at me!

Badger:
If you're gonna cuss with somebody, you're not gonna cuss with me, you little cuss!

Mr. Fox:
You're not gonna cuss with me! [Both start snarling at each other. Linda pushes the typewriter and then settle down] Just buy the tree.

Badger:
Okay.

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