'Fantastic Mr. Fox' to open London film fest

Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated pic opens in Nov.

LONDON -- This year's Times BFI London Film Festival will open with Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" as a world premiere, organizers said Monday.

Anderson's first animated film, which he co-wrote with Noah Baumbach, uses classic handmade stop-motion techniques to tell the story of the best-selling children's book by British author Roald Dahl.

The movie features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker and Helen McCrory. It is produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin and Allison Abbate.

Wes Anderson, Clooney, Streep and Schwartzman are expected to attend the opening-night screening, along with other members of the voice cast, organizers said.

Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox's wild animal instincts and he soon slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief, landing him and his family in a lot of trouble.

The film was shot at London's Three Mills Studios. Twentieth Century Fox is set to roll out the film in the U.K. in October and in the U.S. in November.

The festival runs Oct. 14-29.
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