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  • Why did Petey call Bean to tell him about the animals taking everything? We see him right outside the door not 30 seconds later.
    • He has a temper and a gun, one would imagine he could quite literally shoot the messenger.
    • It could also be a case of Rule of Funny.
  • Didn't Foxy say that Boggis, not Bean, owned the rabid Beagle?
    • He did. Maybe Bean was looking after Spitz for some reason.
  • Whose child is Agnes, she is not related to the Foxes and she is among the animals trapped by the farmers yet she is the only other fox shown in the movie.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Badger.
    • They wouldn't notice if she was, you see that painting in Badger's office?
  • The song about the farmers. OK, so these guys are fairly unethical, and downright gross. But "crooks"? Remind me again which party is doing the stealing here?
    • Considering the only farms we see are run by them, and the Supermarket is owned by a conglomerate run by all three men, they probably brutally overcharge for their stuff.
    • The song was made up by a bunch of kids who don't like the farmers. They could call them pretty much anything.
    • Kids are silly, and the "villains" get served the Villain Ball by Dahl. That's how.
      • You know, I just had a bit of a Fridge Brilliance moment. Now, I don't live in the UK, so correct me if I'm wrong, but...doesn't it look a bit like Bean has way more Dakka than the legal limit?
      • You can apply for a gun license in the UK, and will probably get one if you have a real reason to use a gun and don't have a criminal record. As a result, many farmers (and their mums) can and do own guns (see Hot Fuzz). Bean's main problem is that he's operating heavy machinery after having gallons of cider every day.
      • Not when the book was written, nor when the film appears to be set.
      • Like the book says, "We are just trying to steal from them, they are trying to KILL us!"
  • The farmers noticed when the animals were stealing from their farms via the underground. Won't they notice that the animals are stealing from their grocery store eventually?
    • The supermarket might be run by less attentive people, and the animals might be more cautious this time around, and keep it sustainable. But who knows? Despite the dancing, it certainly wasn't an unambiguously happy ending.
    • The animals apparently won't have to resort to extreme and conspicuous tactics such as drugging beagles with spiked blueberries or ensnaring security rats.
  • In the finale at the supermarket, when Mr. Fox makes his speech about the five-and-a-half most fantastic animals he's ever known - why was Agnes there? She didn't do anything in the movie and only had about five lines. I guess you could argue he's really saluting the next generation - having just heard about Mrs. Fox's pregnancy - but still, characters like Badger or even Weasel did a lot more work than Agnes...
    • She may just be closer to the Fox family than Weasel or the Family Lawyer Badger. Considering her blooming relationship with Kris, it's not a bad idea to toast to your favorite nephew's girlfriend.
  • Why are foxes and rats the same size?
    • ...but you're okay with them talking and wearing clothes...?
      • Talking could be Animal Talk. Wearing clothes on the other hand...
    • Actually, I think that Rat's a little taller than Mr. Fox. So yeah.
    • It's a side-effect from all the cider.
    • Looks like the movie was lampshading that with Depth Deception; the rat doesn't look as big when he's up on the shelf.
    • Some rats actually can get that big, so it's not too unrealistic.
  • In the movie, why did Mr. Fox feel the need to distract Spitz (the rabid beagle)? He was making absolutely no move towards them, and stayed that way until Mr. Fox came within a couple feet of him.
    • He probably figured that if they all tried to head for the wall, Spitz would react and chase them. Somebody had to stay behind and distract him, so that while his attention is focused on Mr. Fox, Kylie and Ash would be ignored and escape.
  • Why didn't they just tip the crate over on its side?
    • At the time they didn't know how strong it was... or whether Kris would survive that.
  • Is it just me, or does Kristofferson look more like a Kit Fox or Swift Fox or a fox species that would live in the desert? I mean, the light color of his fur, the shape of his head and ears, the long skinny limbs, etc.
    • Maybe his other parent - the one that's not the sibling of Mrs Fox - is a desert fox. What does a desert fox do in England? Well, the same thing as an opossum.
  • When Petey writes his "bad song", how does he know that Mr Fox lied?
    • He's probably referencing the Cunning Like a Fox trope—foxes are often depicted as deceitful tricksters in European folklore and fairy tales. Plus since Mr. Fox is the "enemy," Petey is likely just assigning whatever negative traits he can to him—after all, he is just making it up as he goes along.
  • What's with that kooky hand (paw?) gesture everyone uses when they say the word 'different'?
    • They're trying to explain using physical language that someone's not quite right in the head. They don't know the words for what they're trying to say.
  • Why does Mr. Bean have a rat to guard his Cider? Maybe it's cheaper but he's already hired people to guard the rest of his property, and considering how much he drinks you'd think he'd put his top men to guard his Cider, not some rat.
    • Simple—the best men were stationed outside to prevent anyone from getting in that way. If an animal instead chose to burrow into the cellar, they'd have to deal with Rat, who is clearly a Psycho for Hire and skilled in combat to boot. Plus if Bean had men with guns guarding the cellar, a single shot could destroy dozens of bottles. Rat's a knife user; knives are made for close combat and, unless a lot of force is applied, can't cut open a glass bottle.
  • I get that this was most likely a case of Artistic License – Medicine for story purposes, but I still have to ask: Spitz the beagle has chronic rabies that he’s on medication for, but rabies is a fatal disease with no cure and he’s been assumed to have it for a while, so if he wasn’t already in the later stages, shouldn’t he be dead by now? Are there actually meds for rabid pets? And considering that, once again, rabies is a fatal disease with no cure that is easily transmissible to humans and causes the victim to die an incredibly slow, incredibly painful death, why would the farmers even keep him around? He’s left unrestrained and completely unattended in one of their warehouses, where someone who doesn’t know could easily get bitten and infected. Sure, maybe to scare off intruders, but why risk their own safety (and that of their perfectly healthy, non-infected guard dogs)? Even if the area he’s kept in is isolated, you can never be too careful.