‘Why did you lie to me?’ ‘Because I’m a wild animal’; Anderson writing for all the family in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox is Wes Anderson’s first animation feature as well as his first ‘family friendly’ film. Critics and fans alike were eager on it’s announced release in November 2009 to see how Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach (who also co-wrote The Life Aquatic) would tackle a script for children after previously basing their work  around what seem primarily … Continue reading

‘The brilliance of the young Tenenbaums had been erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster’; Adulthood and Failed Expectations in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Written by Anderson and supporting-cast member Owen Wilson, The Royal Tenenbaums tells the story of the Tenenbaum children Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), Chas (Ben Stiller) and Richie (Luke Wilson), who grow from child prodigies into depressed, disillusioned and ultimately unsuccessful adults. This ‘downfall’ is charted through the children now in adulthood grouped together by their estranged father Royal … Continue reading