Below you can watch the newest trailer for The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the movie Wes Anderson email-directed, featuring voice work by handsome father figures George Clooney and Bill Murray, plus Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, and others. It looks like they’ve given this new trailer the full Wes Anderson treatment, by which I mean it has big yellow text and Rolling Stones songs. It’s not 3D or CG… and I like that. Not to mention, Willem Dafoe as a rat? He was born to play this role.
You’ll also notice that it employs the tried-and-true, Brian-on-Family-Guy technique of having the anthropomorphic animals act very civilized, then suddenly revert to their primitive, wildlife behavior for big laughs. Here, try it some time:
*opening briefcase, putting on reading glasses* Ahh my dear friend Patrick, no worse for the wear I see, eh, old boy? In any case, I’ve brought those plans you asked for. Did you bring the proposal request I, er… requested? Hahaha!
PATRICK H. LLAMA, ESQ
Squidsy! Haha, of course I have! You know me, old “Johnny on the spot.” Here, feast those dinner plates of yours on this. *puts dossier on table*
*narrowing enormous eyes to scan documents* This proposal request looks fantastic. *flicks open zippo lighter with tentacles, slowly lights cigarette* …And I should know, I created it for the Jenkins account. *long drag* Eight months ago. You stole it nearly word for word. What’s your game, Llama–
PATRICK H. LLAMA, ESQ, flustered, spits in PROFESSOR SQUIDSWORTH’s eyes. SQUIDSWORTH falls over backwards, crashing through a neighboring table.
Restaurant manager FREDDY CRABTREE (dressed in a bow tie and spats) scampers over, walking sideways.
*frantically waving claws over his head* What is the meaning of this? This is a place of business, not a stable! I demand that you pay for the damages!
PROFESSOR SQUIDSWORTH covers the place in ink