"Fantastic Mr.Fox" gets premiere in London

Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:44pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Wes Anderson's animation movie "Fantastic Mr. Fox," starring George Clooney as the voice of the eponymous hero, got its world premiere on Wednesday on the opening night of the London film festival.

The movie is an adaptation of British author Roald Dahl's popular tale of the same name, and tells the story of how Mr. Fox's animal instincts get the better of him and threaten to disrupt his idyllic family life.

Trapped underground with not enough food to go around, the Fox family and animal friends band together to fight against evil farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who are determined to capture the audacious fox at any cost.

"This was actually the first book I personally owned," Anderson told reporters. "It was a book I loved as a child and also it introduced me to Roald Dahl's works in general, so it made a big impression on me."

He first approached Dahl's widow about 10 years ago to get the rights to make a movie, and was determined to stay true to the dark side of the original.

"I remember being scared by Roald Dahl and I loved that," said the director best known for comedies like "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums."

"I don't think we made it any darker, but we tried to keep it as dark. It's a movie where they're not in danger of getting hurt, they are in danger of getting killed, and that's the way it is in the book."

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<p>Photographers are reflected in a mirrored door as U.S. actor George Clooney arrives to speak about his new film "Fantastic Mr. Fox" in London, October 14, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>