This Just Proves My Point

by | Jul 30th, 2009 | 6:59PM | Filed under: Trailers

Little did I know when I wrote about my annoyance with celeb voice work yesterday that there'd be another prime example of this Hollywood trend gone awry delivered to us today.
Behold the trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox (yep, it's another childhood classic turned movie — the original story was by Roald Dahl). 

Is Mr. Fox's voice recognizable? Absolutely — I'd know George Clooney's deep, sultry sound anywhere. Does it make sense that he is voicing this character? That's a negative, my friends. 
Nothing about his voice fits with the look of the character — it seems like a major mismatch.  Tell me if you agree.

I'm not going to reveal who the other A-list stars are in the cast just yet — watch the trailer (which I have issues with beyond the voice work, but I'll get to that in a minute) and see if you can identify who's who before the -1:04 mark when a few others besides Clooney are revealed.

Are you kidding me with Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe? Seriously, Wes Anderson, are you kidding me?

Fantastic Mr. Fox is Anderson's first animated film, and I think it's also going to be his first film that I do not like. (In fact, as of right now I have zero desire to see it). When I came across some stills from it earlier this week, I was really impressed, but now that I've seen the stop-motion technique in action, my attitude has done a 180.  And besides the weirdness of the stop-motion, overall those two and a half minutes were a snoozefest for me. That doesn't bode well for the rest of the movie.

The good news is that while I still think it's silly that Anderson lined up so many famous folks for his voice cast, outside of Clooney none of them sounded too out of place (though we also didn't hear all of the actors I listed yet). Brody, Schwartzman and Murray are in Anderson's little clique so I'm not surprised that they're involved.  Streep seems like a weird choice (Cate Blanchett was originally supposed to voice Mrs. Fox but had to back out of the project) and I actually wouldn't have known it was her on my own — so her involvement seems like kind of a waste, too. But, as we discussed yesterday, there's gonna be one helluva PR blitz for this film once all of its stars begin popping up on talk shows.  Or, should I say, it'll be a fantastic PR blitz. (Am I officially the first person to start making lame title references for this one?)

5 Responses to “This Just Proves My Point”

  1. Trevor Levine
    Posted on July 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    As I commented in the voice-work blog, it still takes jobs away from professional voice actors, who aren’t already uber rich. I agree that the trailer was all kinds of awful.

  2. Fiirvoen
    Posted on July 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I cannot disagree more. Sure, when big name actors take voice-only parts it can take away the work from the “professional voice actors.” I get that arguement. I do.
    But you cannot say that any of the actors in this film are unnecessarily famous. Each and every one of them is a superbly stellar actor. That’s why they were hired. They knew what they were doing. Sometimes professional voice actors go over the top. A complete actor knows when to let the body language speak louder than the words and tone.
    There’s no reason to knock Wes Anderson for this choice. The guy has proven many times that he knows what he’s doing. I don’t think this trailer disproves it. A trailer is too short a medium for you to suspend your disbelief if a recognizable voice is used. I understand the paid of the disconnect at recognizing the actors’ voices, but give them longer than 2 minutes and most people will forget who it is. Erika, you know I value your insight, but I think you’re nit picking here.
    Obviously I enjoyed the trailer, and obviously I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan. Hope that didn’t come off too harsh.

  3. Fiirvoen
    Posted on July 31, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Ack! That was “PAIN of the disconnect” not paid.

  4. Pete
    Posted on August 2, 2009 at 7:08 am

    What That was great on so many levels
    I agree about VA’s but the stars will bring the people out.

  5. Jessica
    Posted on August 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I agree with you on all counts. George Clooney = bleh. The stop-motion animation was, to put it bluntly, kinda creepy.