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rma791 asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 1 decade ago

How long did it take to make Fantastic Mr. Fox?

I heard that it took a whole day just to get thirty seconds of film and the movie is 87 minutes long. So how long would it take to make this movie from start to finish.

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It can take a whole day to get anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds of film, however they had 24 to 35 teams working at one time and this was how they were able to create the film so quickly.

    This month's American Cinematographer ( has an excellent article on how the film was made, unfortunately it is not available to read online. Your local library may carry it and most magazine shops will have it stocked.

    Development began in 2004 at Revolution Studios between Wes Anderson and animation director Henry Selick, who had worked with Anderson on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) (and who had directed another stop-motion animated film based on a Roald Dahl work, James and the Giant Peach (1996).) When Revolution folded, Selick left the project to direct Coraline (2009), and was replaced by Mark Gustafson.

    Fantastic Mr. Fox went into production after the director released his picaresque road movie "The Darjeeling Limited" in late 2007 (September).

    Principal photography on Fantastic Mr. Fox began on June 9, 2008

    The film was shot digitally using a Nikon D3, which offers a significantly higher resolution than even that of full High Definition. It was also shot at a frame rate of 12 frames per second, rather than the more fluid 24, so that viewers would notice the medium of stop-motion itself. This also sped up the production time.

    Once all the puppets were completed, they were turned over to an international crew of 30 animators who then spent the next year making these puppets act, under the close guidance of Anderson, animation director Mark Gustafson and animation supervisor Mark Waring.

    Apple has a great selection of videos that give a behind the scenes look at the film, you can find them here:

    I hope this helps.



  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Overall, the film took over five years to create. Actual development of the film began in 2004.

    Production, however, started in 2007.

    So the film took roughly three years for development, and roughly two years for production.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    87 minutes.

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