Fantastic Mr. Fox Trots Through the City

Go behind the scenes of the stop-motion animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox puppets and sets are on display at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco until January 10, 2010.
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Visitor Gina Ferrante takes a look at the set from the "Yellow Door" scene in Wes Anderson's first animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
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Spitz, a rabid, ravenous guard dog, snarls from the other side of the "Yellow Door" sensing intruders.
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Mr. Fox's loyal accomplice Kylie reacts to the dog on the other side of the cracked door.
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The film Fantastic Mr. Fox is a stop-motion retelling of the best-selling children's book by Roald Dahl, who also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.
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Two sets are on display at the Cartoon Art Museum at 655 Mission St. in San Francisco for seven weeks until January 10, 2010.
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The other set is called "Flint Mine - We Took Everything."
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Andrew Tabbat and Trina Chow made a point to see the film Fantastic Mr. Fox on an afternoon when they could then walk over to see this exhibit after the screening.
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I wish they would have had Kylie's whirling zoner eyes in place at the exhibit. I loved those!
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Last year the Cartoon Art Museum had a Coraline exhibit that Trina Chow (right) said was much more extensive. "For this [Fantastic Mr. Fox] and Coraline we made a point to see the movie and come here right after," Chow told me.
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Mr. Fox shows off his bounty.
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Cartoon Art Museum volunteer Nathan Parker examines the exhibit.
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The booty!
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Badger stands behind Mr. Fox, as any good lawyer and adviser would do.
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Tabbat and Chow discussed scale and questioned the size of the chickens, slabs of meat and cider bottles found in the Flint Mine.
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The "Yellow Door" scene is fun to look at because it is two-sided. Spitz the rabid beagle on the left side was the largest puppet used in the film.
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Mr. Fox's son Ash looks up at his Dad through the eye-holes of a cute white tube sock burglar mask.
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This description gives some insight to what is going on in the scene with some background information.
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A half-block down Mission Street, the new Jewish Contemporary Museum houses an exhibit on another children book that has been recently turned into a movie, Where the Wild Things Are.
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"Sendak on Sendak" is a five-month exhibit looking at children book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak's life work.
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On display is the original drawing for the dust jacket for Where the Wild Things Are.
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Here is some information about that piece.
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The red piece at the right was a preliminary drawing for the cover of Where the Wild Things Are.
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Information about that piece.
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Some of the artwork from the book is blown up to show large wall displays.
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There are a number of places in the exhibit to take a seat and read some of Sendak's many books.
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Here is a look at another preliminary drawing for Where the Wild Things Are, on display at the Jewish Contemporary Museum through January 19, 2010.
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One of the final drawings for Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are book.
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Other characters from Sendak's book are also on display all over the exhibit, some with video monitors on their chests playing interviews with Sendak.
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Characters from Sendak's world frolic on the walls of the angular museum.
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The museum gift shop is stocked full of monsters, devils and bullies.
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Two BART stops away in the Mission District, the original Max's Wolf Suit from the filming of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are hangs in a shop window for all to see.
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Passing shoppers pose for photos in-front of the costume.
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Here's the proof that it's legit... "and yes, it is actually very filthy."
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826 Valencia is a pirate supply store and children writing workshop that is owned by local literary hero David Eggers, screenwriter for Where the Wild Things Are.
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Yes, I said "Pirate Store"... The best place in the Bay Area to get Peg Leg Oil, Glass Eye Drops, Black Beard's Beard Dye and many other pirate related supplies.
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Lard, eye patches, and sand are all fully stocked here.
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A wire-brush tattoo remover sits next to a wooden mallet turtle stunner as well as a few bottles full of message.
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Back on Mission Street the Cartoon Art Museum beckons visitors.
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Also on display at the Cartoon Art Museum until February 7, 2010 is the art of underground comix creator and San Francisco legend Spain Rodriguez.
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One of Rodriquez's covers.
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The Cartoon Art Museum has a number of rotating exhibits. This room is filled with "Once Upon a Dream: The Art of Sleeping Beauty."
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Princess Aurora color test by Ron Dias.
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Gotta love those Disney villains!
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In the permanent collection, art by R. Crumb (top) and Bill Watterson are on display as well as many other impressive pieces.
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The Cartoon Art Museum also has a great store with tons of cool stuff for sale.
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But the best things to see right now are the Fantastic Mr. Fox sets.
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