New Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer, you guys:

This movie just looks endlessly cute, charming, and endearing. I stand helpless before it. Or at least before its trailers. “But, Gabe, don’t you think that it’s just self-indulgent twee pop that blatantly disregards it’s own supposed audience of children who want flash and toilet jokes in order to appeal to an audience of over-educated, navel-gazing, 20-something Belle and Sebastian fans?” No, I don’t. I think that it looks great. And it’s 2009, people don’t talk about Belle and Sebastian anymore. Pick a better example, like Fleet Foxes.

UPDATE: I have just been informed that Wes Anderson signed the “Free Roman Polanski” Petition, so never mind. I take it all back. Put this movie in jail along with him and Roman Polanski and apparently everyone. Are you fucking kidding me with that fucking “We Support Rape-Rape” Petition?

Comments (121)
  1. Well, I like that at least they’re trying to make a different style of kids animation. And it’ll probably have a few good gags. But my anticipation of this will never match my anticipation of Where The Wild Things Are.
    Is it wrong that I’m comparing the two films in my head all the time?

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    • I’m gonna put this out there: 15 years of classic music beats one decent album.

    • I don’t know. Perhaps we should wait until Fleet Foxes have over a decade of records to definitively state they’re better than B&S? (Unnecessary disclosure: I remain a big B&S fan)

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        • What is this place, Stereogum?

        • Their first record came out in 1996; please say you are older than 13. Something something age-of-consentgum, I’m a million years old, &c.

          • Okay, apparently I was 2 years old when their first album came out.
            Napoleon Complex: Making Gumsters Feel Old Since 1994.

          • i am a full grown adult, who graduated from high school the year their first album came out, and i don’t particularly enjoy their music either. it’s not just your youth.

          • Thanks for the back up, caringiscool.
            You know how all you monsters complain about being old, owmyachingback, dentures, and such? Y’all really shouldn’t be complainging [typo, but it stays] or be self-conscious. I think I have more to be self-conscious about. What am I doing on this blog? I’m in high school! I’m just a baby monster!

          • Baby monsters… UNITE!

            I do LOVE Belle & Sebastian more than Fleet Foxes, though. Maybe the fact that I’ve lived one more year than you gives me extra perspective/wisdom.

          • I think I might be inordinately excited that there is another high school student on Videogum, but I don’t care. Hooray! Also, NICE avatar.

          • i wouldn’t have understood when i was your age, either, or even when i was 25, but there is a certain point where people often start feeling a little bit touchy about their ages, and about opportunities missed, the road not taken. that certain point is 30, i believe. it’s okay. it’s not about you at all. you’re precious, baby monster.

        • Well it looks like your personal preference is stupid and wrong! SORRY.

      • Please, let us continue to compare Belle & Sebastian to Fleet Foxes. It’s a worthwhile discussion with many subtleties and shades of grey. They’re two extremely similar bands (nearly identical) and I would like to get to the bottom of who < who.

  3. I think i’ll maybe love it. Or at least want to. I don’t think as many people will see it as should.
    I like me some twee.

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  5. It DESERVES to be called groundbreaking? What the hell kind of review is that?

  6. Sammy  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 -2

    I am choosing to go with Anjelica Huston’s testimony that the raped girl in question was not raped, and was not a girl. Who rapes someone in front of Anjelica Huston?

  7. By the way, I like how the trailer calls out Pixar. I want to this happen more often. “Oh Fox Searchlight? This new movie from Focus Features makes ‘em look like Fox SHITLIGHT!”

  8. Gary  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 +13

    Fantastic Mr. Fox – vs – Where The Wild Things Are
    Animal Collective/MPP – vs – Grizzly Bear/Veckatimest

    Therefore: We all win. No need to argue about which is better. Good + Good = More Good. Enjoy.

  9. This trailer definitely looks better than the last. I also like the fact that they are already advertising the soundtrack. Wes Anderson knows his reputation. Plus I could use always use another mix of good Kinks and Stones songs.

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  11. all my heroes were weirdos

  12. To be fair the petition is actually signed by “Wess Anderson” who might be a completely different person (maybe this guy http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1858511/).

    In other news I still believe in Santa Claus and do not want to get my head out of the jogurt cup.

  13. Fleet Foxes ))<>(( Belle& Sebastian ))<>(( Girls ))<>(( Waylon Jennings ))<>(( one-way streets ))<>(( cumulus clouds ))<>(( English Setter/Beagle mixes ))<>(( the color green

  14. I just died a little.


  15. Yeah…I’m trying not to disown the directors who’ve signed the thing, since it seems like everyone who’s anyone who’s everyone in filmmaking has signed. It’s not like I’m sleeping completely easy with this, but if we start hating directors just because they’ve signed on to this thing, we’d pretty much be left with films by … I don’t know … Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer? Who wants that?

    • As far as I know, haven’t signed:
      (not saying I know their opinion, just I can’t find their signature. Also, they are not equally great, and also, hardly any comedy directors, for example Judd Apatow and Christopher Guest, appear to have signed, not sure why).

      Michel Gondry
      Charlie Kaufman
      Richard Linklater
      Christopher Nolan
      Jason Reitman
      Spike Jonze
      Sofie Coppola
      Francis Ford Coppola
      Spike Lee
      Stephen Spielberg
      Lars Von Trier
      David O. Russell
      Tim Burton
      Todd Haynes
      Paul Thomas Anderson
      M. Night Shyamalan
      Guillermo Del Toro,
      Bryan Singer
      Quentin Tarantino
      Ron Howard
      Gus Van Sant
      Stephen Soderbergh
      Peter Jackson
      Ang Lee
      George Clooney
      David Fincher
      Jane Campion

      • OK, you got me.

        Still, it’s a little bit of everybody’s-sin-is-nobody’s-sin, right? I mean, not that I agree or anything…

        That reminds me – I just heard Joel Coen jumped off the Empire State Building. I got to catch the F train before a line forms.

      • So glad to see neither of the Coppola’s signed. Imagine if one did and the other didn’t. That would be an awkward Thanksgiving this year!

      • well THANK GOD m. night shyamalan hasn’t signed it.

        • M. Night didn’t sign because this is basically the plot of his next movie. A bunch of rich and famous people signing a bad list and the hero refuses because of the tension of one person resisting something big! But the twist is if you don’t sign it, you’re the guilty one, or something!! AND IT’S 2002!!!

      • Lyle  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2009 +1

        I hope Gabe’s favorite director, M. Night Shyamalan, doesn’t sign. It would be absolutely devastating to him.

  16. Least surprising/disappointing name on the list – Brett Ratner. Like there was ever any doubt he would tacitly support child rape.

  17. Stuff 'n Things  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 0

    I don’t understand everyone’s never-ending quest for justice on Roman Polanski. Now that the crime is back in the news, everyone thinks they have billy clubs and gavels (the police and judges, respectively). Nobody cared about his case while he was living comfortably in France and traveling Europe… why does everyone need the swift hand of justice now?

    • Bastard should have died. Look what it did for MJ’s past indiscretions.

      • should have died? are you kidding? that’s a little extreme don’t you think?

        • Explaining jokes kills ‘em, but here goes: Polanski and Micheal have a remarkable similar stories. Brillant artists who both drugged and raped children (though both have defenders/denyers). Mike dies and the world mourns and he is remembered for his art. Polanski is arrested and vilified. Just an observation that if Polanski passed away without being arrested, people would be acting different.

    • You answered your own question – people are talking about this now precisely ,because it’s in the news. When Polanski was living it up in Europe, it became easy to forget about the whole thing. The “swift hand of justice”, as you call it, is needed now because the US authorities have only just managed to catch the guy. They’ve been trying to have the guy extradited since he went AWOL.

    • Monkey  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 +1

      Because now we got his ass. Before he was living untouched in France where they don’t ship their citizens to serve time in American jails. Its gauche.

      “Rape, its complicated” -Polanski’s Tombstone.

  18. Anonymous  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 -5

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    • Just a little perspective from your friendly neighborhood Troll-Who-Hits-Too-Close-To-Home.

      Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to inform us of all that.

      Oh, that reminds me, I have to go to Yoshinoya and inform the manager how much I don’t like their beef bowls, and that they’re wasting their time with them. I’m sure he’d enjoy hearing that.

    • a) tons of twenty somethings on this sight.

      b) drugging and taking advantage of is considered rape. i don’t care what the court said. also it wouldn’t matter if she was 12 or 35. rape is rape.

    • Er, since I’m 30 I guess I’m technically a thirtysomething?

      The list makes me very sad. Wes Anderson is my favorite filmmaker, one of my favorite artists overall, and I can send you the pic of my flickchart showing I “rated” Royal Tenenbaums as my favorite movie ever. I love twentysomethings and the culture made by/for them, though Wes Anderson isn’t in his twenties at all. Also confusing: Chinatown wasn’t made for people who ate in their twenties, and Gabe seems/seemed very excited about this movie, not trashing it at all.

      I’m sad, but I don’t plan to boycott, but I may have to skip a couple movies till my frustration passes so I can enjoy them. I think anyone who boycotts anything ever is acting childish.

      In case there’s actually any question about this, Polanski was not charged with Statutory Rape. He pleaded to it. Rather than ask you to believe me, please look up the charges, and if you can stomach it read the girl’s testimony. If it was a 44-year old woman it would have been rape. I think, weirdly, the fact she was a child is confusing some people somehow. I’m resisting typing more, cause you could just argue it’s my opinion. Please look up the facts.

      Chinatown is great, so is Ginsberg’s poetry, but The Republic doesn’t cross my path too much. Chinatown was also made before this crime was committed, so to reject it for it’s creator’s later crime would be illogical.

      Anyone who rapes, i.e. forces sex on an unwilling participant, should go to jail, or be mandated to get help, no matter how much I like their poems or whatever. If they are part of a country where they can have sex with a young person legally, and the young person could conceivably agree to it, then I don’t understand it and it grosses me out but I won’t demand they come here so we can punish them. But this is not a situation where a man had sex with a willing participant.

      No downvote from me, I’d rather you respond.

  19. Leo  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 +1

    Fuck The Republic. Fuck Ginsberg. Fuck You.

    And Fuck Rape-rape.

  20. George Clooney is a silver fox.
    Just saying.

  21. i dont have much opinion on this whole roman polanksi petition thing other than :(

    BUT can someone PLEASE make a gif of fantastic mr. fox clawing at that french toast @:30? love you LONGGGGGGGGGG time.

  22. Monkey  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 +7

    At work I had the Polanski discussion. The following defense were used.

    The mom knew she was with him
    She seduced him.
    She was very mature.
    The age of consent was 14 and she was almost 14.
    He suffered alot in his life. That counts for something.
    Its been a long time since she was raped.
    She has forgiven him.
    The judge was not going to honor the plea.
    The judge discussed the trial with a deputy DA.
    Its compliated.
    Did you see the documentry?
    He has not raped anyone since.
    He is a visionary artist.
    He is a good man who made a mistake.
    Manson killed his wife.
    The girl and her mom were trying to get her a part in the movie.
    And some other stuff I didn’t understand that I will file under “Its complicated”

    But despite all that, what it really comes down to that we cannot as a society excuse a 44 year old man giving alcohol and pills to a 13 year old girl, and then sodimizing her. Sexually violatiing a child is not excuseable. THERE IS NO CONTEXT TO THE RAPE OF A CHILD. We are all responsible for our childrens safety and when one of our members brings harm to a child they become the enemy of the whole.

  23. BELLE & SEBASTIAN >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> FLEET FOXS 4EVER

    Wait, what is everyone else talking about, a fox raped Wes Anderson?

  24. The first trailer made the film look like a (bad) Wallace & Gromit adaptation of Ocean’s 11.

    But I think this one looks FANTASTIC.

  25. Would someone please post a picture of a kitten? My brain hurts.

  26. (takes deep breath) OKAY, look here…

    I think this whole backlash over the Petition for Roman Polanski or whatever is getting carried away. Saying that because someone signed it they support raping children is just ridiculous and didactic.

    Is raping children wrong? Of course it is. Should Polanski be punished for his crime? Undoubtedly. These are just givens.

    However, for our justice system to work, it has to be fair. No matter how horrific the crime, every person has the right to a fair trial. Again, this is just a given.

    Polanski was not given a fair trial by any means the first time around, and I can almost guarantee you he will not be getting a fair trial if he gets deported back to the U.S. In many ways, he was found guilty of his crimes years before he even gave that girl alcohol, in the court of public opinion, when many journalists crassly insinuated that he had something to do with the murder of Sharon Tate, which of course he didn’t. Just because he was an envoy of the swingin’ 60′s, it was insinuated that Tate and their other friends who died at Manson’s hands got what was coming to them, and in fact Polanski probably had something to do with it. And that’s unfair, just as child rape is wrong.

    The directors who have signed this petition understand that Polanski will be crucified when he gets back to the U.S., and in spite of how awful his crimes were that should not happen. As a society we have such a witch-hunt mentality about any crime involving children (if he had skipped the country on a drug charge or something like that I assure you no one would care, in fact he would probably be viewed as some kind of badass), but in order to uphold basic moral order in this country, we cannot allow for Polanski to be tried unfairly. These fellow filmmakers don’t want this to happen, hence the petition. It’s not some sort of “We Support Rape” petition.

    Of course, like everything about this case, it gets cloudy. How does one select a jury for this kind of trial? How does one take into account everything that has played out over the last 30 years? I completely believe that Polanski needs to be punished for his crimes, but he needs to be made example of in a fair manner, like any other citizen. Unfortunately, I’m not sure thats even possible.

    Okay, just wanted to get that off of my chest. Downvote away.

    • Barummhummhumm. I’m gonna talk out of turn. My problem with the list is mainly this: Hollywood (an unfair, but argumentatively useful name for the “movie industry.”) has done a spectacular job of proving itself to be wildly out of touch with the normal human experience, and therefore their opinions on things like rape and justice and fairness and childhood and innocence and perspective and judgement are virtually useless to those of us who live in a much more consequence-driven mode of existence. But that’s not even my problem. My issue is the people signing this list is a show that they really think their opinions are pursuant to matters of LAW ENFORCEMENT. The rest of us have to live and work in a world where keeping our loved ones safe from harm is an actual challenge, and to have people who are totally unrelated to the practical workings of society challenge what little institutional deterrent against crime that is actually left is fucking insulting, doubly so because they don’t even pretend to act like they aren’t totally aware that they are just cashing in their Big Famous Name chips. Do I think the people signing the list are rape-supporters? No. They’re just defining what they consider to be collateral damage, while the rest of us try to put out the fires off of our children’s backs.

      • I hardly think this is the case. These film makers don’t think they’re above the law. These people are Polanski’s colleagues, peers and a lot of them are probably good friends of his. So I don’t find it surprising that they are all backing him, not in the sense that they are supporting rape but because they are fully aware of the torment that he’s about to go through if he gets extradited. Just because they’re film makers doesn’t mean their public opinion on the matter is void. I think that’s a pretty ridiculous.

        • I didn’t say they thought they were “above” the law, but I do very much disagree that their opinion matters. I agree with the idea that film makers and other such people work very hard and play an important role as far as quality of life goes in the modern world. But a petition is an act of displaying the weight of an opinion. And given the subject matter (international law and the justice system), coming from a section of society notorious for “getting off with a slap on the wrist,” I don’t see how their opinions really apply, when the rest of society is owed a debt of justice. If it’s about a trial that was unfair, then there are appropriate channels to go through, which the rest of us have to follow, because we can’t afford to flee to France and survive on our own. And if you DO flee out of panic (which is the one emotion I can relate to out of all of this) then staying away, not negotiating a return, or showing any actions of good faith towards completing the next steps of resolving an unfair trial, especially when you can afford half the lawyers in your state, that’s the really vicious part. This is asking for leniency only because he didn’t get away with it. I mean really, he raped a kid and then went off to make movies for a job. We could use some balance here. Also:

        • I don’t really give a shit about the “torment” he’s going to go through. Drugging and raping a 13 year old girl is a serious crime. Perhaps he shouldn’t have done it in the first place if he didn’t want to deal with the eventual consequences. And his money and fame will pretty much ensure that he will have a much more comfortable ride through the justice system than your average (not wealthy or famous) criminal. The fact that these directors and entertainers are requesting he not be extradited to face the charges against him (that he pled guilty to) and are up in arms at the fact that he was arrested while trying to attend a film festival tells me that, while they might not be pro-rape per se they are certainly of the opinion that wealth, fame, and a list of movie credits should preclude one from being punished for raping a 13 year old.

      • Aren’t all of us posters doing exactly what “Hollywood” is doing? I mean, none of us is truly involved in this Polanski business. There appear to be hundreds of people signing their names to this public record definitively stating that Polanski is a rapist who must be brought to justice. Not one person here knows what happened, however. I BELIEVE all the ideas about what happened stem from either the alleged victim’s grand jury testimony or some third or fourth or millionth party source. The trouble with Grand Jury testimony is that it’s uncontested. You can’t use it in a court of law because the defendant didn’t get a right to cross examine the witness. Grand jury testimony is only sufficient to get an indictment, which is an accusatory instrument and not evidence of a crime. If it’s true that Polanski agreed to plead guilty to a crime under the impression that he would get probation and no jail sentence, then discovered that he was going to get jail time and fled, well, I can understand his fear. He was never tried in a court of law!
        I’ve gotten away from my original point. It’s weak to complain about Hollywood publishing their opinions on a blog. I think that was basically my point.

        • I can accept that weakness because this is just a discussion. I’m about to go out and go to work and get ready for a busy weekend that is totally Polanski and rape free, KNOCK ON WOOD. My main concern, and I may have not highlighted this, is Polanski was in a unique financial position to be able to skip out on the proper channels of recourse and individual protections that are built into the legal system. I’m not about to say the system is perfect, but if 99.999% of us have to live with it, so does he. If there are international avenues that allowed him to get away with it forever, well, that’s tough for us. But, he got snagged, so that’s tough for him.

    • Thank-you sir, i agree wholeheartedly, it’s not a petition supporting rape.

    • Finally, someone who speaks sense. Well put my man. Cuddles are on me.

    • The problem with your argument that it is a perfectly sound argument for you, but not for them. You act as if they didn’t give reasons why they wanted him released, so you must interrupt for them. They wrote a whole petition spelling out their reasons, and “He won’t get a fair trial” wasn’t one of the main ones. “Raping a woman isn’t a real crime, it’s simply a question of morals” was one. “Arresting a rapist is the same as arresting a civil rights director who protests his country” was one, but not “we want a fair trial.” In fact, they don’t want a fair trial. At all. They want no trial, no questions asked, and can you also apologize for arresting him because he did make Chinatown? Also, I hate to break it to you, but this is America, unless you are a white, heterosexual man, chances are you aren’t getting a fair trial. And hey wait, Polanski is all three of those. And if this goes to trial, he will be tried in a city where practically everyone in power is apparently a close personal friend. And he’s rich enough to hire the best lawyers. So, you know what, it’s hard for me to find sympathy that the rich and powerful, white straight guy who actually did the horrible crime he was accused of (and spent the first 31 years of his sentence in a state of comfort 99.999% of the world will never know) might not get the first ever completely unbiased trial in American history.

  27. a lot has been said on this matter, so i’ll keep this (relatively) short. maybe this is a simple-minded way of viewing this, but i still think it’s interesting: if roman polanski was a catholic priest there’s no way any of these people would be signing a petition for his release. period. they should all be ashamed of themselves for publicly supporting him. actually, screw that, they should be ashamed of themselves for supporting him at all, publicly or not.

  28. FULL DISCLOSURE: I don’t care what happens. But there is an equally long list of people in the film making industry that gave The Pianist an Academy Award. A whole Academy full. The fury currently being unleashed is in stark contrast to the silence in 2002. When I also didn’t care.

  29. Are we going to have to boycott ever director? If I have to read a book so help me god….

    Animated GIFS

  31. I freaking love Roald Dahl, and this was actually my favorite book of his. I probably read that book upwards of 30 times between the ages of 8 and 10. The Wes Anderson thing certainly doesn’t hurt, either. Now all we need is a Spike Jonze adaptation of “The Giraffe, The Pelly, and Me!”

  32. Joel maybe. But Ethan has signed.

  33. i’m just holding out for the Farrelly brothers, once they cave i know all is for naught

  34. That petition is thick with talent. I just choose to pretend it doesn’t exist.

  35. Gabe, would you please point us to where the list is being updated? I didn’t see Ethan on it last night and can’t find anything on google news. To make myself feel better I made a list of filmmakers who hadn’t signed it, but my making-me-feel-better-list is apparently wrong.

  36. Ugh, seriously? I guess this is a valuable don’t-put-your-creative-heroes-on-a pedestal lesson. A million : (

  37. I really hope you’re just having a laugh. I named my son “Coen” (silent ‘h’s give me the howling fantods).

  38. NNNOOOO!

  39. did r kelly sign that shit too?

  40. I’m heartened to see, for all his woman-hating weirdo reputation, David Mamet hasn’t signed on yet.

    That said. Guillermo del Toro :(

  41. i scoffed when i saw woody allen was at the top of the petition.

  42. Arnstein Bjørkly
    Oh man, this scared me for about 2 seconds. If Bjørk signs the rape-rape petition, my whole belief system will collapse.

  43. Ditto, man. The Coens are my absolute favorite. :( :( :(

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