Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

January 7th, 2014 by

fantastic-fox_roald-dahlSubmitted by richard, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Fantastic Mr. Fox was an awesome book by Roald Dahl. Also fantastic Mr. fox was very clever. Mr. fox [and family] get trapped in a burrow and have no food. so they are trying to ran away from bunce, been, and boggis are waiting for them. My favorite part of the book was the ending because it was very funny. I recommend this book to anyone who likes funny books. also if you read other Roald Dahl books.

Insider Interview with “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Artist!

December 8th, 2009 by

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Click on all the thumbnails in this entry to see the full illustrations!

There are many talented people who worked to bring the magic of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox to the silver screen — and I was lucky enough to talk to one of them!

Okay, not talk… But I did get to email with Chris Applehans, a very talented artist who worked on storyboards for the movie. Storyboards are sketches of how a movie’s plot progresses, so the movie makers can plan ahead and get an idea of how it’ll look.

Me: Did you read Fantastic Mr. Fox for inspiration, and if so, what did you think?

Chris: Yes, I love all of Roald Dahl’s books, so it was fun to read Mr. Fox again.

Me: Which character was your favorite to draw, and why?

Chris: I like drawing Kylie, because he’s an oddball but very funny so it’s a challenge to capture his personality and his pose.

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Me: Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Did you have any thoughts when you saw the trailer and the stop-motion for the first time?

Chris: I have, and I enjoyed it. I think the “feel” of the film is just right. The stop-motion looks a little more handmade than some other recent films (Coraline), but I think it worked for this story and for the kind of laid-back tone that Wes was going for.

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Me: Have you read any other Roald Dahl books? Are there any you would want to illustrate or create conceptual art for?

Chris: Yeah, I love all his books. I would love to illustrate Danny, Champion of the World

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I say… YES! Do it! Danny, the Champion of the World is an AWESOME book!

— Nancy

P.S. – To see more of Chris’ amazing drawings for Fantastic Mr. Fox, check out his blog!

P.P.S. – And if you missed it, watch our video review of the Fantastic Mr. Fox movie! (We sing. No, really.)

Fun with a Fantastic Fox

December 1st, 2009 by

Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean.
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were nonetheless equally mean.

The new movie version of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox starts with these song lyrics — and so does our video review of the film.

So tune in to hear our rendition of this ditty and, of course, our opinions of the movie:

Today is Roald Dahl Day!

September 13th, 2009 by

The BFG character is actually based on Roald Dahl himself... Can you see the resemblence?

The BFG character is based on Roald Dahl himself... See a resemblance?

Today is the birth date of one of my favorite authors, Roald Dahl. He was born September 13, 1916 and lived a long 74 years, during which he wrote many wonderful stories for kids and adults.

In last week’s podcast, Karen and I talk the how we’re going to celebrate Roald Dahl Month in “code.” Based on what we’ll be doing, can you guess which Roald Dahl books we’re celebrating?

Nancy: Eat a peach and take a nap!
Karen: Wear purple contact lenses and eat a whole bunch of candy!

Alright, tired of guessing? Highlight here:
[Nancy: James and the Giant Peach and The BFG]
[Karen: The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory]

Let us know in the comments what your “code” celebration is. We’ll try to figure out your Roald Dahl book!