Hot on the heels of news of the just confirmed news that Fantastic Mr. Fox‘s world premiere will be at the Times London Film Festival comes another look at the furry fellow in action, courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
The pic, which shows George Clooney’s Mr. Fox with Kylie, a pugnacious possum voiced by Simpsons producer Wallace Wolodarsky, joins last week’s USA Today images in giving a unusually comprehensive look at the subterranean world Wes Anderson has created from Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
Head over to The Playlist meanwhile for a clutch of others, including a glimpse at nasty farmers Boggins, Bunce and Bean scheming to excavate the troublesome fox and his family.
“[Fantastic Mr. Fox] was the first book I ever owned,” Anderson told USA Today. “My brothers and I loved Mr. Fox and all the digging. We were obsessed with underground forts and tunnels.” He’s certainly put his heart and soul into the project, at one point even staying at Dahl’s Buckinghamshire house and working on the screenplay in the shed where Dahl wrote his most famous books.
In case you’re wondering why all the good guys are voiced by Americans (George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody et al) and Brits play the villains (okay, Dubliner Michael Gambon voices Bean), blame Gorgeous George. “It started with George,” producer Allison Abbate told The Times. “We didn’t want him to do an English accent.”
OK, you can probably blame Don Cheadle too for exposing Clooney to that British accent.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is out in the UK on October 26.