Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stopmotion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl childrens novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers. They are fed up with Mr. Foxs theft and try to kill him, so they dig their way into the foxes home, but the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground. Produced by Indian Paintbrush and Regency Enterprises, and released in the autumn of 2009, the film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Owen Wilson. For director Wes Anderson, it was his first animated film and first film adaptation. Development on the project began in 2004 as collaboration between Anderson and Henry Selick who worked with Anderson on the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou under Revolution Studios. In 2007, Revolution folded, Selick left to direct Coraline, and work on the film moved to 20th Century Fox. Production began in London in 2007. It was released in late 2009 to positive reviews.
Angered, the farmers decide to kill Fox. They camp out near his home. When Fox emerges, the farmers open fire, but only shoot off his tail. They then attempt to dig Fox out. After demolishing the site of the tree, the farmers discover the Foxes have dug an escape tunnel. Reasoning that the Foxes will have to surface for food and water eventually, the farmers wait at the tunnel mouth. Underground, Fox encounters Badger and many other local animal residents whose homes have also been destroyed by the farmers. As the animals begin fearing starvation, Fox leads Badger, Mole, Beaver, and Weasel in a digging expedition to tunnel to the three farms, robbing them clean. While the other animals feast, Ash and Kristofferson begin to reconcile after Kristofferson defends Ash from Beavers son. The cousins return to Beans farm, intending to reclaim Mr. Foxs tail. When they are interrupted by the arrival of Beans wife, Ash escapes but Kristofferson is captured. Discovering that Fox has stolen their produce, the farmers flood the animals tunnel network with cider.The animals are forced into the sewers. Fox learns that the farmers plan to use Kristofferson to lure him into an ambush. The animals are confronted by Rat, Beans security guard. Fox and Rat fight in an electrical room until Fox pushes him into an electric generator, severely electrocuting him. Before dying, Rat confesses Kristoffersons location. Fox asks the farmers for a meeting in town near the sewer hub where he would surrender in exchange for Kristoffersons freedom. The farmers set up an ambush, but Fox and the others anticipate it and launch a counterattack. Fox, Ash, and Kylie slip into Beans farm. Ash frees Kristofferson and braves enemy fire to release a rabid beagle named Spitz to keep the farmers at bay. The animals become accustomed to living in the sewers with others considering moving in. Ash and Kristofferson settle their differences and become good friends. Fox leads his family to a drain opening built in