The trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox has gone live on Yahoo, and while it’s a big grainy it’s our first real taster of what we can expect from the stop-motion adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl’s children’s book. And our initial reaction? The voice work’s great; the rest may take a little getting used to.

The book sees Mr Fox butt heads (not literally) with three local farmers, the nasty Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who are determined to catch him but only end up blowing his tail off. As the farmers try to dig up the Foxs’ burrow, Mr Fox and his family lead a motley band of tunnelling animals after the farmers’ food supply.

By the looks of this trailer, the movie’s story has changed things up somewhat for the screen, but George Clooney’s Mr Fox still seems like the confident, devil-may-care character we all remember. The rest of the voice cast includes Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Willem Dafoe, so you can bet it sounds good, while the animation has a very retro feel that we suspect we might get to like about 10 or 15 minutes after the film starts.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is out on October 23 in the UK, but to read more between now and then pick up the new issue of Empire magazine, which profiles the film in more depth.

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