Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★★

Mrs. Fox: Why did you lie to me?
Mr. Fox: Because I'm a wild animal.

I've been an animation geek and occasional animator since my late teens, and my teen self may have turned up his nose at the animation in Fantastic Mr. Fox. But in my early twenties, my animation teacher impressed on me the importance of texture. So much of modern animation looks as if it's all crafted from the same homogenous and boring stuff. The movement of the puppets in Fantastic Mr. Fox may be awkward and puppet-like at times, but the puppets themselves, and the wondrous dioramas they inhabit are alive. I wasn't watching the film so much as I was basking in it. Anderson maintains a good portion of the Roald Dahl spirit, while still delivering a very Andersonian and entertaining film.