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Le Grand méchant renard et autres contes (English: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales) is a 2017 French animated film directed by Benjamin Renner (Ernest et Célestine), adapted from his comic book of the same name. As with Renner's previous film, it employs "tradigital" animation (each shot being drawn frame-by-frame in Adobe Flash) to emulate the look of traditional hand-drawn animation.

The film uses an anthology format, with a group of animals telling three different stories in the form of plays:

  • "A Baby to Deliver" sees a rabbit, duck and pig attempting to deliver a baby human for a stork, only for things to go out of control throughout their journey.
  • "The Big Bad Fox" sees the title character trying to steal chicken eggs to eat, only for his plans to backfire when the eggs hatch and the chicks imprint on him.
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  • "The Perfect Christmas", sees the three characters from the first story preparing for Christmas, only to embark on a wacky present-delivering mission when they mistakenly believe they've killed Santa.

The film has been licensed in the States by GKIDS and has received a British English dub featuring well-known British comedians, including Bill Bailey and Phil Jupitus.

Le grand méchant renard et autres contes provides examples of the following:

  • Animated Actors: The characters are actors in a play. Though its ambiguous if their normal personalities are similar to what they're representing.
  • Bully Bulldog: In the third story, Pig, Rabbit and Duck encounter one of these and his daughter when they accidentally land in a dog pound.
  • Christmas Episode: The entirety of the third play.
  • Delivery Stork: The premise of the first play, where Pig, Rabbit and Duck meet a stork who has injured himself while delivering a baby human to her new parents, prompting Rabbit and Duck to finish his mission.
    • Turns out he was lying about the injury thing and just wanted someone to finish the job for him since he's lazy.
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  • Mighty Roar: Fox tries one of these to scare a chicken into handing over her eggs, but fails. It takes Wolf to show him how to do one properly.
  • Only Sane Man: Pig, who has to put up with Rabbit and Duck's crazy antics.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Fox dons one of these when Wolf goes after him and the chicks and they hide out at the farm, forcing Fox to disguise himself as one of the hens.
  • Raised by Wolves: Or foxes in this case for the chicks Fox ends up having to raise.
    • Of course, this comes back to bite him in the butt when they go on the run from Wolf and end up hiding out at the farm, where Fox's chicks try to eat the other chicks, almost blowing Fox's cover.
  • Running Gag: At least once in each play, one character will pull a scary face and say "Time to eat!" ("Dinner time!" in the English dub)
  • Santa Claus: In the third play, after knocking over a Santa statue and thinking they've killed Santa, Duck and Rabbit take it upon themselves to deliver Christmas presents in Santa's place. They later meet the real Santa, who is much smaller in person. He says it's easier for him to climb down chimneys this way.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the English dub, Michel the male chick is made into Michelle the FEMALE chick.


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