Wednesday, May 5, 2010

fantastic mr. fox review and giveaway

zoe has long been a roald dahl fan.  she's read almost all of his books.  when i was given a chance to review the movie based on the book, fantastic mr. fox, i leaped at the opportunity.

now that we have viewed it, i would have to say it is a great movie for adults and older children.  it definitely has an all-star cast with george clooney, meryl streep, owen wilson and bill murray, to name just a few.  the plot is very typical roald dahl:  very funny with a dark undertone.

i have to say that i much prefer this for older kids, even older than zoe.  some of the themes: stealing, lying to one's spouse, father/son disappointment and reference to cussing seem more appropriate for older kids.  i think when zoe is older, i would be much happier about letting her watch it, as long as we followed up with some healthy discussion about consequences and acting wisely.

bill and i really enjoyed watching this ourselves.  we laughed out loud many times, but this is one we will be saving for when the kids are older before we view it as a family.

if you are interested in watching this movie yourself, i have three copies available to give away.  just leave a comment below telling me your favorite roald dahl book (or another favorite childhood book if you have to!).  united states residents only please.  i will choose a winner using on may 25th.

i received a copy of this movie for the purpose of the review from 20th century fox home entertainment through bender/helper impact.  i have been compensated in no other way for this review. 


  1. I always was partial to Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I think my favorite was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Audrey loves Roald Dahl, too, especially after hearing about how much Zoe enjoys his books. Her favorite is Matilda.

  2. my fav' childhood books were the Amelia Bedelia's - we aren't too much into Roald Dahl yet...I'm sure we'll get there!

  3. My current fave is Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Nathan is reading it in his reading group at school so we've had the joy of sharing our favorite parts together. Turns out there's a big party after school gets out at our local library. Requirement for entry? Read a Ronald Dahl book and come prepared to discuss. Woo Hoo, we're in on the party. :-)

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  4. I really liked The Secret World of OG-by Peter Burton-I just started reading to my baby and he really enjoys it although most of the time he would rather eat the book than listen to me read.

  5. Can't say that I've ever heard of this author but I have heard of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...I guess I don't pay much attention to author's names in children's books. Tyler likes Sandra Boyton's books right now...he's a little young for Dahl right now but we look forward to expanding his horizons in the book world when he's older, despite his parents'...lack of book reading skills. Hah! We do like a good movie occasionally!

  6. I liked The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl when I read it-- it made me giggle out loud. It was a very short book though. It kinda left you wanting more--

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  7. It is definitely Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I loved it as a child, still love it as an adult.



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