Muriel Award, Countdown to Best Picture: #3

Fantastic Mr. Fox [215 points/22 votes]

“In many ways, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the ultimate Wes Anderson movie. It touches on a number of the themes he has explored in his past work and does so with such warmth and wit that, after a while, I forgot I was watching a bunch of stop-motion puppets.The voice acting is superb, with George Clooney front and center as the titular wily fox. Anderson mainstays Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson offer able support and, as do first-timers Jarvis Cocker, Michael Gambon and Meryl Streep. The set design is typically perfect as well; it’s obvious that a lot of time, effort and artistry went into creating Mr. Fox’s fantastic world.” - Scott W. Black