The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

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Director Benjamin Renner expected to attend.


The idyllic image of life on the farm has been disrupted in Benjamin Renner (co-director, Ernest & Celestine, Festival 2013) and Patrick Imbert’s delightful hand-drawn creation about a misfit group of barnyard animals and their mischievous hijinks. There’s enough action and madcap humor here to bring back memories of the zaniest Looney Tunes cartoons, but buried just beneath the fun lies a sweet core that will melt the heart of the most cynical audience member. Recommended for ages 8 and up (ages 5 and up for French speakers).

“A lively trio of cartoons that are wacky, heartwarming, and wise, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales showcases an animal farm like no other: The titular fox is far less cunning than he is both kind and nurturing, a duck has no idea how to actually swim, a lizard shows up out of nowhere and starts speaking Mandarin, and a stork is far too lazy to deliver the baby in its beak. Those are just some of the characters populating this second feature from director Benjamin Renner (working here with animator Patrick Imbert), whose Ernest & Celestine was one of the more memorable animated movies to come out of France a few years back, earning a Cesar Award and an Oscar nomination.” – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

“Helping the warm, wacky feature find its footing is Renner’s preferred style of hand-drawn 2D animation, looking soft yet rough as though it has just been sketched and painted. Indeed, loose yet dynamic proves to be the playful effort’s visual and tonal niche, and one that, along with its lively voice acting, brisk pace and jaunty score, serves its fond yet farcical escapades well…. And though the film doesn’t scrounge too deeply, offbeat gags, ample emotion, and parallels with human nature all go hand-in-hand.”– Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert

After debuting with a short, A Mouse’s Tale (2008), Benjamin Renner made his feature debut with Ernest & Celestine (Festival 2013). The film was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, and won the 2013 César for Best Animated Film. The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales won the Golden Poznan Goat Award for Best Feature Film for Children at the Ale Kino! – International Young Audience Film Festival.

Patrick Imbert makes his directing debut with The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, where he also served as the supervising animator. He was previously the animation director on April and the Extraordinary World (2015) and Ernest & Celestine (Festival 2013). He began his career as an animator on Bas les masses (2001), a short, and worked in that capacity on several other projects.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): France
  • Language(s): French
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 80
  • Director(s): Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert
  • Producer(s): Didier Brunner, Damien Brunner, Vincent Tavier
  • Writer(s): Benjamin Renner, Jean Regnaud
  • Editor(s): Benjamin Massoubre
  • Music: Robert Marcel Lepage
  • With: Céline Ronté, Boris Rehlinger, Guillaume Bouchede

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