‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ tells a classic Roald Dahl tale with an utterly unique creativity. Obviously Wes Anderson had his hand in this...his directing hand. Anderson, the man responsible for ‘Rushmore’ and ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ is one of the most exciting directors working today. ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ delivers. It tells a rather classic cat and mouse type tale, but with its own flare entirely. Mr. Fox, saucily voiced by George Clooney, is a thief about to retire from his chicken stealing ways to settle into domesticity and new fatherhood. However, flash forward in time and we see Mr. Fox longing for his old life of adventure, tormenting and stealing from three farmers in particular. Mr. Fox picks up his old ways again and ends up starting a rather cataclysmic war with the farmers three: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. The story itself is swell enough, but Anderson adds so much by injecting strange life into every one of the animals involved. Obviously the fact that they are all freaky claymation helps with their funkyness, but the voices alone might hold ones interest. Talent such as Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and even Willem Dafoe as an evil rat make this film a true gem.