Wes leading towards a particular autumn feeling. According

Wes
Anderson’s film “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
is based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s novel. Wes Anderson presents
the film to his audience with one of his old-school stop-motion animation with
the use of 3-D digital; it’s beautifully portrayed with the charm and humor,
the film was appealed to not just children, but also older adults. The
examination of the film defines the symbolism behind the shots and angles that
impact the meaning in scenes, including lighting that impacts the meaning
towards the film and the colors used in the movie to depict human and animal
characters.

There
have been approximately 56,000 shots used to create the film, each shot Wes
Anderson used in the film was shown differently and in a unique way. Looking
over to one of Anderson’s shots, the reverse shot was seen used, when one
character is shown looking at another character and then the other character is
shown looking back at the first character. Since the characters are shown
facing in opposite directions, the viewer assumes that they are looking at each
other. This type of shot used when Mr. Fox and his wife were having a
conversation when they dug a hole under the tree and were hiding from the
farmers. The reverse angle was seen used in this scene, taken from over the
shoulder of the opposite character. Furthermore, Anderson keeps the audience’s
focus on the interaction between the two characters. He uses a traditional set
up of over-the-shoulder shots, while occasionally turning to a medium two-shot.

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Wes
Anderson follows a common artistic “guideline” in defining themes that examine
the symbolism of the colors that were used to depict the human and animals in
the film. The use of autumn colors within the film enabled the appearance of a
golden tone over the fields and in the sky; his choice of orangery autumn
colors splashed with yellow and black leading towards a particular autumn
feeling. According to Anderson, the color concepts relied primarily on local
colors (i.e. colors shown within the shots) as opposed to specific forms of
lighting as well as to describe the human and animal characters. An example of
this would be in a scene during the beginning of the film when Mr. and Mrs. Fox
is discussing their plan to steal the chickens. We see that Mrs. Fox starts to
glow while trying to tell him that she’s pregnant; she was shown blushing, but
instead of her cheeks getting red, she glows in a bright yellow color. Another
similar scene to this would be during ending scene when Mr. and Mrs. Fox,
Kylie, and the young foxes are in a grocery store, Mrs. Fox announces that
she’s pregnant again, both Mr. and Mrs. Fox start to glow in the same bright
yellow color. As well as, the changing colors of the sky, were most likely
depended on the moods of the character’s in the film, an example of this would
be scenes from the film that showed characters calm mood this tone was used
when Kristofferson fox was seen meditating in the scene, the sky was seen with
different shades of orange. Furthermore, the sky seen with a mix of red and
gray shades of color, this tone was shown when the farmer (Michael Gambon), a
Cockney who shoots off Mr. Fox’s tail and wears it as a necktie, is introduced
in the film showing his angry mood. Moreover, Wes Anderson used the colors in
the film to symbolize the meaning behind humans and animals depending on the
mood of the characters.

Lighting
has been a big aspect of this movie. Anderson is seen using different kinds of
lighting throughout the entire film. With turning from different lighting’s,
such as day and night. Throughout the film is distinguishable and has a very
“normal” feel to it. In one of the scenes, when the entire fox family has moved
to their new tree house, you see they have natural lighting coming out of their
windows during the day. The lights from the windows come in and cast sunlight
on the ground and throughout the whole house. Furthermore, you can see the
difference from when the family gets settled into the new house and has the
lamps in the house. In a scene, Ash turns off the main light in the room and
the room turns black with it. A second later he clicks on a mini reading light
that only lights his book and the room slightly. The scene is quite interesting
to watch because you can see how the director uses the different brightness of
the room for the two different lights and lighting. Although there is another
scene in the movie where the lighting is a little off (low key lighting) when
Kylie and Mr. Fox sneak back inside the tree house, (lights are turned off.),
in this scene, you can only see a glimpse of their faces, High Key lighting was
seen used in the same scene, when Mrs. Fox turns on the lights and finds Kylie
and Mr. Fox wearing bandits and holding a sack, in this scene there no shadows
to be seen. In brief, both types of lightings (High Key and Low key) were seen
used in one scene of the movie. All in all,
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” is my all-time favorite because of Wes Anderson
flawless filming style and beautifully shot films.

In
conclusion, the colors used in the movie have played a big part in the whole
film. The contrast between the color schemes applied in the shots and angles of
the scenes used warm autumn colors with more of an extreme orange color concept
to it with the rest (red, yellow, and brown) to give an autumn feel to its
viewers. Wes Anderson has made “Fantastic
Mr. Fox” very obvious, his film, has visually, impacted the shots, angles,
and lighting used to speak to his ability as an auteur.