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->''"Boggis and Bunce and Bean''\\
''One fat, one short, one lean.''\\
''These horrible crooks,''\\
''So different in looks,''\\
''Were none the less equally mean!"''

''Fantastic Mr. Fox'' is a 2009 animated family film centered upon the eponymous character's attempt to go straight, renouncing his chicken-stealing ways. It is filmed in stop motion as director Creator/WesAnderson's first foray into animation. Including an all star cast, it has reviewed well, containing Creator/WesAnderson's indie mannerism and introspective tone, along with real charm and his trademark dysfunctional family.

Based on [[Literature/FantasticMrfox the story]] of the same name by Creator/RoaldDahl, but greatly [[AdaptationExpansion expands upon its premise]], focusing upon Mr. Fox's family's dynamic, and the town's attempt to outwit the farmers.
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!!The movie has examples of:
* OneHundredAndEight: The combined workforce of the three farms.
* TheAce: Kristofferson, a fox kid who seemingly can do no wrong, much to Ash's frustration who sees everyone, including his own father, belittling him in comparison. Subverted in that Kris is a soft-spoken nice guy who, while he will not hide his talents, never wanted to embarrass his cousin. Ash finally realizes that when he is harassed by a bully and Kris kicks that bully's ass in his cousin's defense. [[spoiler:Furthermore, when Kris gets captured, Ash helps rescue him and impresses everyone to his own talents, allowing the kids to fully make peace and become friends.]]
* AdaptationDistillation: Mr. Fox only has one child for most of the movie. He has four in the book.
* AdaptationExpansion: The book ends after the animals have made their secret tunnels to the farms while the farmers keep watch outside the hole. The movie adds another two or three parts of the battle.
** Though it adds more scenes the ending is still [[spoiler:a nearly identical scenario to the original only it occurs a few scenes later]]. No doubt to avoid the movie being too short. [[note]]Dahl's first draft of the book also ended with the foxes finding a supermarket to steal from, but it was rejected for being "too easy" a solution and implying it's OK to steal from shops. The movie fixes the former by sticking the book's solution partway through the movie and the latter by making the supermarket owned by the farmers.[[/note]]
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original novel, Rat was simply a scavenger who hung out in Bean's cellar filching the cider (and was a coward who Fox was able to scare off pretty easily); in this version, he's more malicious, actually being an enforcer for the three farmers.
* AlasPoorVillain: In-universe example. All the animals are saddened by the death of Rat, even Fox himself (who dealt the killing blow), despite his being the traitorous head of security for farmer Bean. In fairness, Rat did manage to [[HeelRealisation come to his senses at last]] in his few final moments when he revealed that he had turned traitor because he had become too addicted to the apple cider of Bean.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Partly. Though it made her regret marrying him, Felicity can't help falling for his "fantastic" wild animal nature.
* AllThereInTheManual: Fans of the book may gripe at the liberties taken with the plot, but a lot of them were in fact taken from Dahl's own manuscripts of alternative plot possibilities, which were used because the plot as published didn't extend well to feature length.
** Such examples of a director/adaptor's respect for the original author/material is rare in the history of movie adaptations.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Ash, who is called "different" (with associated wavy hand motions) by everybody around him, dresses like a girl according to Beaver's son, and is ''extremely'' fussy... and he's seen with markings that resemble eyeliner. [[spoiler:Not to mention the grape juice "lipstick" he sports near the end of the film.]] Although he does seem to like Agnes.[[note]]Of course, childhood crushes are often irrelevant as far as adult sexuality goes. And dating girls is fairly typical behaviour for self-denying closet gays. Let's just say that one could see Ash as gay.[[/note]]
* AnimalNemesis: The farmers' obsession with destroying the eponymous fox and the effort they put in to achieve it is simply outstanding overkill.
* AuthorAppeal: Creator/WesAnderson shoehorned the subplot of the son and his friend to include his favorite theme of family alienation.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: One of the central themes of the film, drives the central emotional conflict of the film.
** [[spoiler:Played straighter at the very end of the film.]]
* BadassBoast: "Your tractors uprooted my tree. Your posse hunted my family. Your gunmen kidnapped my nephew. Your rat insulted my wife -- and you shot off my tail. ''I’m not leaving here without that necktie.''"
** [[spoiler:Subverted almost immediately afterward when the farmers' workforce replies with a hail of bullets. "Okay, nevermind, let's get out of here."]]
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Almost all of the animal characters.
** TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Kris, Coach Skip, and Beaver's son are the only animal characters in the entire movie to wear shoes.
* BerserkButton: Bean does not like the idea of giving up against a fox.
* BestBeerEver: Described like [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters]] by the ''liter''.
-->'''Mr. Fox:''' This is some of the strongest, finest alcoholic cider money can buy. It burns in your throat, boils in your stomach, and tastes almost exactly like pure melted gold.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kristofferson is a soft-spoken fox kit, but if you dare bully his cousin, Ash, you are in for a world of hurt with only the mercy being attacked shoeless to avoid breaking your muzzle.
** The equally quiet Mrs. Fox also permanently scars her husband in a fit of anger, threatens Rat with a length of padlocked chain, and proves to be pretty handy with improvised explosives.
-->"Con-TACT!"
* BeYourself: Deconstructed. Mrs. Fox forcing her husband to not Be Himself is what kicks off the plot, and his SnapBack has fairly dramatic consequences, including [[spoiler:her regretting their marriage]]. The benefit of following this trope is ambiguous.
* BigBad: Boggis, Bunce and Bean.
* BigThinShortTrio: Boggis, Bunce and Bean (One fat, one short, one lean).
* {{Bishonen}}: Kristofferson is somewhat like [[FurryFandom the fox version]] of this, with a tall, thin build (perfect for WaifFu), light-colored fur, and a soft-spoken CelibateHero.
* BittersweetEnding: Best emphasized by Mr. Fox's toast. While earlier he was toasting to their victory, at the end he simply toasts to their survival.
** [[spoiler:Of course. It's away from predators and it's within walking distance of an endless food supply, which is so massive that the meager amounts of food needed to feed everyone would easily go unnoticed. It makes perfect sense. They're actually ''better off'' than they were before with other animals considering moving in.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Ash is actually older than his cousin, but fits this trope to a T, at least until character development kicks in.
* TheCameo: Creator/WesAnderson as Weasel, Owen Wilson as Coach Skip, Mario Batali as Chef Rabbit and Adrien Brody as Rickity the Field Mouse.
** In an interview, Bill Murray jokes that he also stood in for the wolf during filming.
*** [[http://www.dailyactor.com/2009/11/jason-schwartzman-on-the-fantastic-mr-fox-its-the-best-movie-ive-ever-been-a-part-of/ Confirmed by Jason Schwartzman.]]
** Also, when the movie won an award, Creator/WesAnderson did an acceptance speech -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTMSJ_qDC6o in stop-motion, as Weasel]].
* {{Calvinball}}: Averted with Whackbat. All the rules are explained. Nevertheless, they are extremely confusing.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Mr Fox's trademark whistle~* clickclick*
** Poor Kylie tries to develop his own, but it doesn't catch on as easily.
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted with Mrs. Bean. [[spoiler:Kris comments on her poor eyesight early on, and she seems to completely miss Kris and Ash when they've snuck into her kitchen. Then she [[OhCrap grabs the knife, her glasses, and wheels around...]]]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Mrs. Fox's beautiful painting skills and the fiery, uber-confusing sport [[{{Calvinball}} Whackbat]].]]
** Mr. Fox fires four blueberries at the three beagles. Each eats one and drops. A bit later, Boggis eats the fourth one and also drops.
** The portrait in Badger's law office seems to show him during a prior career with the military, which might explain his skill with [[{{Pyromaniac}} explosions, flames and burning things]].
** The information about beagles.
** A small gag regarding "spring loaded" traps (which drop away from where they're triggered).
** A helicopter flies by early on carrying a banner that reveals the farmers own their own supermarket.
* ChekhovsSkill: "Plus he knows karate." - a random observation Mr.Fox makes about Kristofferson, which obviously has some part to play later in the film.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Kylie is a mild case.
* CommandRoster: Played with and one of the film's aesops, with each individual special skills highlighted, and even takes on a vaguely military overtone for the final act. Contains the obligatory MyFriendsAndZoidberg.
* CreepyChildrenSinging: Although it's only creepy in-universe. The three farmers are so infamous even among humans that children have developed a schoolyard rhyme about them. Badger, a lawyer, uses a recording of it to try to dissuade clients from buying property in their area.
* CunningLikeAFox: Mr. Fox - The rest of his family have personalities distinct from this.
* CulturalTranslation: The Americanized voices/accents on the animal characters and British voices/accents on the human characters add contrast between their two parallel societies.
* CutAndPasteNote: The farmers and the animals each send the other side a cut and paste note, despite the fact that they already know each other's identities. They [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] by having each side ask aloud why the other did this.
* [[DamnedByFaintPraise Cussed By Faint Praise]]:
-->'''Ash:''' I'm getting better at [whackbat], right?\\
'''Coach Skip:''' Well, you're sure as cuss not getting any ''worse''.
* DancePartyEnding: [[spoiler:The movie ends with the foxes [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Kylie]] dancing in the supermarket to the tune of The Bobby Fuller Four's ''Let Her Dance''.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Discussed with [[spoiler:Rat]]. He did help them out, but [[spoiler:he was still just another dead rat in a dumpster behind a Chinese restaurant.]]
* DeliciousDistraction: Drives the plot of the film.
* EmoTeen: Ash before the CharacterDevelopment. Admit it.
* EvilBrit: Literally every bad-guy has a British accent, and every good guy a generic American one, with the exception of Rat, who has a Cajun accent.
** To be fair, the film most likely takes place in the UK, as evidenced by the presence of a right-hand-drive car.
* EvilTastesGood: In this case, the food the evil farmers make tastes good.
* FatBastard: Boggis.
* {{Fantastic Fox|es}}
* FoodPorn: Despite the feast obviously being fabricated, it still looked delicious. Also the cider cellar in all its golden glory.
* FourFingeredHands: At least on the animals (and it looks just a bit weird).
* FreezeFrameBonus: Mr. Fox's "Fox About Town"/"Fox on the Prowl" newspaper articles. The former mentions his phobia of wolves before it's brought up.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the ambush, you can see a graffiti saying CUSS!
* FurryConfusion: So you have a dazzling array of anthropomorphic animals who act exactly like humans (and can ''converse'' with them!) but are treated like animals by the humans, despite driving motorbikes and the like. And then you have the actual birds which they eat. Maybe just mammals are intelligent? But then you have the farmers' dogs and horses and [[spoiler:the wolf who looks like an actual wolf.]]
** Actually deconstructed somewhat. The plot of the film is ultimately driven by the conflict between Mr. Fox's human lifestyle, and his fox instincts. In one scene Mr. Fox speechifies about the value of all the animals' dual identities.
** It's very well thought-out actually. Domesticated animals are generally less sentient in the film's universe than medium-sized wild animals, who behave the most like humans, thus the Fox family as medium-sized omnivores qualify. Large predators like the wolf are likewise more wild than anthropomorphic.
** Also played for laughs, particularly in the scene where Mr. Fox and Badger are arguing in the office.
*** Don't forget his eating manners at the dinner table.
** This is ultimately the main theme of the movie, and Mr. Fox's inner conflict between his desire to be more like a "wild animal" and his comfortable suburban life is what drives the entire storyline. The film's catharsis comes during the scene where Mr. Fox finally learns how to make peace with his double nature through his encounter with an *actual* wild animal.
* FurryFandom: Described in initial fandom buzz as "A Furry Oceans 11!" [[BrokenBase That buzz seems to have dissipated]] upon seeing Wes' {{Woolseyism}} with the story, somewhat.
* AGlassOfChianti: Rat is sipping from a jug of hard cider when he first appears. Farmer Bean also qualifies, naturally.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Ash wears printed briefs.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The camera pans down to the lower level of the chicken coop as Mr. Fox kills Kylie's chicken for him.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Instead of a SoundEffectBleep, the characters literally say "cuss" in the place of swearing. Is a very clever variation of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Getting Cuss Past The Radar]]. Examples:
-->"You cussin' with me?!"\\
"Are you out of your cussing mind?!"\\
"You scared the cuss out of us!!"\\
"I sure as cuss hope so."\\
"What the cuss are you doing?"\\
"Cluster cuss"\\
"What the swearing cuss?!"
* HeroTrackingFailure: Of Ash, in the final confrontation at [[spoiler:Bean Annex]].
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: Mr. Fox is shown biting into an apple at the beginning of the film, shortly before getting trapped and setting off the plot.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Subverted. The only humans portrayed in a negative light are the three greedy and incredibly wealthy farmers, and even then, Bean is the only farmer who is really ''evil''.
** Bean also has the tunnel vision, intense focus, and general demeanor of a violent alcoholic with a hair trigger. Plausible for someone who is said to live on his own hard cider.
* IconicOutfit: Ash's very...odd choice of dress, consisting of all-white clothes, a cape and the pants tucked into his socks. Its strangeness is {{lampshaded}} by Mr. Fox, with Mrs. Fox handwaving it as a phase Ash is going through.
** The observant will notice him reading a comic book about a superhero called White Mask in one scene (and a poster adorns his bedroom wall), so it's apparently some sort of makeshift superhero costume.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The farmers and snipers shoot away the wooden crates the gang is hiding behind until they are outlined, then Ash runs a gauntlet while they fire enough ammo at him to supply the Normandy Invasion.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: Mrs. Fox knows the pantry shouldn't be ''that'' full. [[HilarityEnsues Suspicion Ensues]].
* InfantImmortality: There's not really any good reason for [[spoiler:the farmers to keep Kris alive once they get a recording of him... but hey, they aren't totally evil]]. [[spoiler:On the other hand, Kris was a prime hostage, as Mr. Fox was the one they really wanted.]]
** And the fact that [[spoiler:they tried to pass off a tape recording as him suggests they never intended to let him go, and would probably kill him once they had no further use]].
* InfoDrop: A more recent example would be in the movie of ''Fantastic Mr Fox''. There is much fun had with the conversion between fox years and human years (a 6:1 ratio), though a specific year for the movie's events is never given: it can, however, be extrapolated from Ash's age, Mr. Fox's age and the years we see on a trophy (1973, in case you were wondering).
** Oddly enough, however, Rat's cider bottle has "Cuvée 2006" stamped on it, and one of the soundtrack's songs is titled, "Stunt Expo 2004". Supposedly, the year is left vague, even though the aesthetic would suggest some time before the 00s.
* InkSuitActor: Technically Clay Suit Actor. Petey is directly modeled after Jarvis Cocker.
* JabbaTableManners, Subverted: All of the animals eat like wild animals, but all act like civilized individuals. Boggis, however, is a FatBastard '''''and''''' a VillainousGlutton.
* JustEatHim: A weird but far more realistic example then most, as Mr. Fox tries to teach Kylie the fine art of making a clean kill.[[note]]Somewhat TruthInTelevision; possums are indeed omnivorous, have quite sharp teeth, and can kill small chickens by biting the neck, but they usually target eggs and chicks because of the smaller size of their teeth and jaws. Doesn't help that Kylie is TheWoobie to start with.[[/note]]
-->'''Mr. Fox:''' I told you: kill it with one bite!\\
'''Kylie:''' I'm trying! My teeth don't work like yours.
* KillItWithWater: Or in this case cider, effectively combining this trope with LibationForTheDead.
* KnifeNut: Rat carries a switchblade.
* LampshadeHanging: Both sides comment quizzically on the [[spoiler:notes cut out of magazines, sent to each other.]]
** Also, "I'm picking up a high-frequency radio signal with a can!"
* LeanAndMean: Bean.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A whole lot.
** Boggis, Bunce and Bean have the IronicNurseryRhyme which recurs in a whistle or a children's choir every time they're up to no good. ... or about to get their comeuppance.
** There is also "Kristofferson's Theme" and "Mr. Fox in the Field", which get bonus points for having similar harmony and instruments. Musically, they reenforce the conflict between Mr. Fox, Ash - his natural son who is "different" - and Kristofferson - the son he would prefer.
** The whack-bat sequence gets a theme that sound's like an American highschool football band that replays during the finale.
** Rat. Definitely Rat. With gratuitous finger-snapping.
** Heck, even the ''trains'' get one. A light and cheerful fairground tune plays whenever there's a train in shot, whether it's a model or a real one in the distance. What this is supposed to represent is [[WildMassGuessing open to interpretation]].
* LoveableRogue: Mr Fox plays this archetype oh so straight. Especially when FridgeLogic kicks in. Also acts as a deconstruction, he constantly needs to be the centre of attention, disappointed if he doesn't leave others awestruck. This leads to his compulsion which nearly tears his family apart and gets them killed.
* MasochistsMeal:
-->'''Beaver's son:''' Your dad got us into this mess, that's why you're going to pick some this mud up off the ground and eat it.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: [[spoiler:Rat]] is visible in the background behind Mr. Fox for about a minute before he announces his presence. While not as dramatic, the helicopter that's been puttering back and forth throughout the movie also counts.
* [[MidlifeCrisisCar Midlife Crisis House]]: The tree that Mr. Fox can't really afford is one of these, a way to avoid feeling "poor".
* MisplacedWildlife: Kylie is a possum in what appears to be an English countryside (most animal species are European, and the farmers talk with British accents).
* MoodWhiplash: UpToEleven. A CrowningMomentOfFunny can instantly change into a TearJerker. It gets to a point where ''you'' won't even know what mood you're feeling.
* MookLieutenant: Petey, being the employee Bean radios when he wants personnel assembled or materiel acquired.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: A running theme: one of the main sources of humor in the movie is the characters being dramatically intense about random things. It especially runs in the Fox family - Mr. Fox and Ash do this ''lot''.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Heavily implied that before she settled down with Mr. Fox, Mrs. Fox very much averted this.
-->'''Kylie:''' (''In response to a comment made by Rat'') The town tart?\\
'''Fox:''' Shut up.
** Considering the slang "foxy" is an adjective used to describe a beautiful and sensuous woman, is this really any surprise?
* NeverSayDie: Averted, death is constantly mentioned in graphic detail and is even seen in the final fate of [[spoiler:Rat.]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Lampshaded.
-->'''Badger:''' Demolitions expert!\\
'''Mr. Fox:''' What?! Since when?!
* NiceGuy: Kylie, the opossum. As Mr. Fox puts it, his special skill is "being available."
* NoExceptYes: Fox isn't afraid of wolves, he has a phobia of them.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: The farmers bring way, way more ammunition and digging equipment than they ought to need. [[spoiler:But still not quite enough to get more than Mr. Fox's tail.]]
* NoSmoking[=/=]FrothyMugsOfWater: Averted in place of SmokingIsCool (see below). In fact, when one character confuses containers of ''very'' hard cider for apple juice, his error is ''enthusiastically corrected'' by others.
* OffTheWagon: Actually stated by Mr. Fox when he's apologizing to his wife about stealing birds again. Has nothing to do with the tobacco or alcohol in the film.
* OneDimensionalThinking: Down, until the siege.
* OneLastJob: Narrative basis of the story, exact words used. Goes about as well as expected.
* PhraseCatcher: Ash. He's... *spastic arm gesturing* ''different''.
* [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Pre Cuss Kicking One Liner]]: Subverted. Though Mr. Fox makes a speech to the farmers that could definitely qualify as one, it ultimately ends in him cowering in fear as they open fire on him.
-->'''Mr. Fox:''' [[spoiler:Your tractors uprooted my tree. Your posse hunted my family. Your gunmen kidnapped my nephew. Your rat insulted my wife... and YOU shot off my tail. I'm not leaving here without that neck-tie!]]
** Kristofferson has one before beating the cuss out of beaver's son.
-->'''Beaver's Son:''' Why'd you take your shoes off?\\
'''Kristofferson:''' So I don't break your nose when I kick it.
* PrisonerExchange: Neither side has any intention of keeping up their end of the bargain.
* ProductPlacement: Badger has an Apple computer in his office.
* PsychoForHire: Rat is employed as Bean's security guard over the cider cellar. [[spoiler:As he's dying, he reveals he originally took the job for the cider rather than the thrill of fighting off and catching intruders.]]
* {{Pyromaniac}}[=/=]MadBomber: Badger, who is a ''lawyer''.
-->''Explosions! Flames! Burning things!''
* RealityEnsues: Mr. Fox's description of the consequences of being, and being bitten by, a rabid dog. These days it's not so much 'death sentence' as it is 'medication' for the former and 'six months of stomach injections' for the latter.
* {{Retraux}}: Blatantly so. Much of the animation takes inspiration from early pioneers of stop motion, such as Willis O'Brian and Creator/RayHarryhausen, and they even intentionally add imperfections to the fur, which is similar to a more unintentional instance in Film/KingKong.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Played straight for about a minute when Mr. Fox vows to get his tail back from Bean, then immediately averted when after narrowly avoiding a hail of gunfire Mr. Fox decides it would be a better idea to just get the hell out of there
* RoguishPoacher: Albeit in the style of TheCaper.
* RuleOfThree: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean.
* RunningGag:
** Kylie's eyes.
** Mr. Fox and Kylie's "I hate wolves/I hate thunder" and Ash's "I'm an athlete, you know".
** The bandit hats as well.
** The cussing.
* SecondFaceSmoke: Present if a little modified in Mr Bean's critique of a freestyle song.
* ShoutOut:
** One of the songs is from another animated film with foxy leads, Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''. There's also nods to that other [[OceansEleven caper movie]] where George Clooney's character gives up his thievery to be with his wife, only to fall back into it and put everyone in danger.
** There's also one to ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'': During one of Mr. and Mrs. Fox's arguments, Kylie appears wearing a red blanket, quoting Dean's famous speech, "You say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again!", only missing the infamous "You're tearing me apart!".
** The shop outside which Fox and Kylie steal the motorbike is called [[Literature/PaddingtonBear Padington]] Cycles.
** Mr. Bean's cider press uses the same sound effects as the textile machinery in ''Film/TheManInTheWhiteSuit''.
** Mr. Fox's whistle is the same as [[Film/{{Mash}} Hawkeye Pierce's]].
** Rat menaces Ash in the sewer by [[Theatre/WestSideStory dance-walking towards him and snapping his fingers rhythmically]].
** "Beagles love blueberries" is a fairly obvious reference to the same drugging technique in ''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'', another of Dahl's books. (Pheasants love raisins.)
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Referenced in the exchange.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Fox is technically this because his fur is red.
* SmokingIsCool: Throughout the film characters smoke which lends that neat film noir lighting in the dark effect, as well as characters drinking and referring to alcohol in a positive fashion.
* SneezeofDoom: You can hear Kylie sneeze as he and Fox are sneaking up on Bunce's farm. Fortunately, Bunce, in the security room, can't.
* StacysMom: Mrs. Fox is apparently this in-universe for the animal characters.
** And a [[FurryFandom prominent]] few of the viewers.
* StealthPun: Fox steps on a box of soap for a toast.
* TheStoic: Boggis and Bunce, especially Bunce, whose sour expression never changes once. Bean tries to be like this, but he has a [[HairTriggerTemper violent temper]] that comes out more than once.
* SupremeChef: Rabbit, voiced by Mario Batali.
* TakeMeInstead: Mr. Fox at first decides to hand himself in to save the others -- [[spoiler:until he hears his son, who is being kidnapped by Rat, cry for help.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Rat seems to consider himself this, though how much the third requirement actually applies is questionable.
* TerribleTrio: Boggis, Bunce and Bean (the ultimate BigThinShortTrio) are played like this, with Bean being the BigBad, and Boggis and Bunce his sidekicks.
* TimeSkip: The intro is two years (twelve fox years) before the rest of the film.
* TitleDrop: "I think I have this thing where I need to have everyone think I'm the greatest... the quote unquote 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.'"
** Dropped again [[spoiler:at the end]] by Felicity.
* TooDumbToLive: Mr. Fox gets carried away sometimes. Examining the anti-fox trap the farmer's set up? [[spoiler:Trying to make friends with the rabid dog, after your companions have already gotten away]]? Edging into this trope.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Boggis - chicken; Bunce - homemade doughnuts with smashed up goose livers injected into them; Bean - strong alcoholic apple cider.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer shows off pretty much the entire ending in the supermarket.
* TunnelKing
* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: Time in the film is often measured in both human and fox measurements (e.g. two human years is equal to twelve fox years).
* TheUnfavourite: Ash considers himself this, seeing himself inferior to his athletic and more popular cousin, and his father's attitude towards said cousin doesn't help. Which leads to BrattyHalfPint (see above).
* UnusualEuphemism: Throughout the movie, every possible cuss word that could have been possibly used is literally replaced with the word 'cuss'. Leads to a very funny moment when the word is seen grafittied on a city wall.
* VerbalTic: Fox tries to [[ForcedMeme force]] one.
* VillainousBreakdown: Bean's response to finding out the animals had managed to rob all three farmers blind when the farmers thought they had them on the ropes.
* VillainousGlutton: All three farmers, but especially Boggis, who eats three chickens for every square meal of the day (plus dessert).
* VillainsDyingGrace: [[spoiler:Rat's last action is to reveal where Kristofferson is being held.]]
* VisualPun: When Mr. Fox says his wife is positively glowing, he means it.
** He also steps on a metaphorical soap box at the end, which happens to actually contain soap.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Ash spends a fair part of the movie walking around in his underwear.
* WalkThroughTheCamera: Bean does this when he has a temper tantrum and trashes the inside of the trailer.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Ash in relation to his father.
* WholeCostumeReference: Mr. Fox's suit was designed after and made from the actual material of one of Wes Anderson's own suit.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Ash enjoys wearing a feminine wool sweater and a lacy cape.
* WingdingEyes: Kylie's eyes will change to spirals when he zones out. When the dogs and [[spoiler:Boggis]] pass out (or something like it), their eyes turn into asterisks. The dead poultry and [[spoiler:Rat]] have X's for eyes.
* WrittenInInfirmity: Creator/MerylStreep had a cold while recording, which is alluded to in the beginning when Mr. Fox asks how Felicity's visit to the doctor went.
** It seems much more plausible that Mrs. Fox went to the doctor for a pregnancy check, considering how all the dialogue in the first scene builds up towards the reveal that she is with child.
* XRaySparks: PlayedForLaughs with Kylie and Mr. Fox, whose skeletons show through when they climb the electric fence. [[spoiler:Played lethally serious with Rat during his fight with Mr. Fox in the underground transformer room.]]
* YouMonster: Bean's described as the worst of the farmers.
-->'''Badger:''' He's as skinny as a pencil, as smart as a whip, and possibly the scariest man currently living.
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