TIFF 2017 Movie Review: LE GRAND MECHANT RENARD ET AUTRES CONTES (THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES) (France 2017) ***1/2

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it’s a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.

Writers:

Jean RegnaudBenjamin Renner

French dessin anime at its best! Filmmaker, animator and cartoonist Benjamin Renner (ERNEST & CELESTINE) adapts his own comic strips for this trio of laugh-out-loud farm animal adventures. The film opens with the cartoon characters opening a 3-act stage play.

The players are not ready as they cannot find the baby and the tree prop appears in front of the opening curtain. Very funny and inventive and primes the audience for more of the best to come. There are a total of three animated stories.

In “A Baby to Deliver,” Rabbit, Duck, and their wise but easily annoyed friend Pig are tasked by Stork with returning a human baby to its parents in Avignon. In “The Big Bad Fox,” a fox lacking the smarts to catch a hen is persuaded by a wolf to steal her eggs, hoping to eat them when they hatch.

In the final act “The Perfect Christmas,” In the final act, Rabbit and Duck are playing in the snow in the lead-up to the holiday season when they believe they accidentally killed Santa Claus. To fix their mistake, they decide to take his place, delivering presents to everyone with very funny consequences.

All three are entertaining, even for adults with my favourite being the first for its goofiness and introduction to Renner’s characters.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3QkSzpNGW8
 

THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES

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