Literature / Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 1970 children's book by Roald Dahl. In 2009, it was adapted into an animated film by Wes Anderson, which greatly expands on its premise.

The book has examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Rat, who lives in Bean's cider cellar.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed:
    "No chance at all" snapped Mrs Fox. "I refuse to let you go up there and face those guns. I'd sooner you stay down here and die in peace."
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Boggis, Bunce and Bean (one fat, one short, one lean).
  • Food End: The book ends with all the animals having a banquet and an assurance that many more banquets are to come, when Mr. Fox's network of tunnels allows him to safely raid all three farms.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: The plot to steal from the farmers after the siege begins. Never mind that they were stealing things before the farmers set themselves against the hill—which makes the line about "decent peace-loving people" rather jarring.
  • Title Drop: In several places
    Mrs. Fox: I should like you to know that if it wasn't for your father we should all be dead by now. Your father is a fantastic fox.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Rat, of course, though ultimately he's mostly harmless.