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Ladies and gentlemen it is time once again to heap praise on the internet for perfectly mashing together two movies that have pretty much got nothing in common. Except for the word "Fox." Take a gander below at the first, and probably last, trailer for The Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher.
It turns out that we have to doff our caps to Jonathan Hartwig for seamlessly pairing up the two trailers for the recently released Foxcatcher and Wes Anderson’s 2009 stop-motion animated comedy, Fantastic Mr. Fox. That’s right folks, unfortunately there isn’t actually a film called The Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher. Jonathan Hartwig described his short piece on the video's YouTube page. writing, "Wes Anderson has truly outdone himself. See the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz who decides to get justice after schizophrenic John DuPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz." In Hartwig’s adaptation of Foxcatcher using Fantastic Mr Fox’s animation, it looks as though Mr. Fox would take the role of Channing Tatum’s Mark Schultz while Clive Badger would portray John DuPont. Fingers crossed that he finds enough time and material to make a full adaptation at a later point. However the fact that would be a monumental undertaking means that I won’t be holding my breath for it.
Wes Anderson’s take on Roald Dahl’s novel was a charming, witty and enchanting film that reveled in its rough around the edges animation. If you haven’t seen it, you might be missing out on Anderson’s most complete work to date. Plus you get to hear George Clooney at his arrogant best as the film’s titular character, and Meryl Streep as a heart-warming mother (plus the rest of the vocal cast is rounded off by the likes of Jason Schwarzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe and Michael Gambon). Still not convinced? Then check out its original trailer below.
Meanwhile, Foxcatcher recently started a limited release last week ahead of an expansion plan that will play out over the next few months. The film has received mostly positive reviews, with special praise being reserved for Bennett Miller’s sumptuous direction, Steve Carrell’s career-altering performance, and Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo’s sterling character work. While it might not be quite as captivating as it thinks it is and messes around with the linear of the true events a bit too freely for my liking, it is still definitely worth a watch. It’s just a shame that you’ll be hoping that Clive Badger jumps in there at some point when you’re watching it now.