Fantastic Mr. Fox Criterion Collection Blu-ray: First Look

Posted by The Daily Zombies Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The first animated feature film on Criterion Collection, here's our first look at some of the amazing special features for auteur film-maker Wes Anderson's amazing adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox with its Criterion Collection release later this month. 

As we calmly await the release of auteur film-maker Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel next month, Criterion Collection has announced the release of Anderson's critically acclaimed 2009 stop-motion animation adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox. The first animated film released by Criterion Collection, it is only expected that an amazing amount of special features will be released for the first time ever. 

Here at The Daily Zombies, we are big fans of Anderson and opine that Fantastic Mr. Fox is among the decorated film-maker's very best. For some reason, the 2010 release of the Blu-ray somehow eludes our undead grasps, and now we are just more than happy that that has been the case. With no further ado, hit the jump to check out the delightful trailer featuring a ton of extras from audio commentaries, special documentaries, and more.

The box art by Turlo Griffin, with F. Ron Miller.

Here's a list of special features included in the director-approved release from Criterion:

  • Digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson
  • Storyboard animatic for the entire film
  • Footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Puppet animation tests
  • Photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets
  • Animated awards acceptance speeches
  • Audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based
  • Fantastic Mr. Dahl, an hour-long 2005 documentary about the author
  • Gallery of Dahl’s original manuscripts
  • Discussion and analysis of the film
  • Stop-motion Sony robot commercial by Anderson
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Erica Wagner; a 2002 article on Dahl’s Gipsy House by Anderson; White Cape, a comic book used as a prop in the film; and drawings, original paintings, and other ephemera

The Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD of Fantastic Mr. Fox is currently scheduled to be released on  18th February.


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