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France | 2017 | 83 minutes | Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner

From the creators of Ernest & Celestine comes three tales-a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus-each told with a spontaneity and laugh-out-loud style reminiscent of classic Looney Tunes.

"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." Jordan Mintzer - The Hollywood Reporter

Cunning and ruthless, a fox descends upon his helpless prey, three newly hatched chicks huddled in the night…and decides that they're too darn cute to eat. Adapting from his own graphic novel, co-director Benjamin Renner (Ernest & Celestine) presents this and two other animated short stories starring talking farm animals that often defy their stereotypical natures. A stork indifferent to delivering babies provides the premise for "A Baby to Deliver," where the listless stork outsources to a rabbit, a pig, and a duck that hates water. The eponymous second act features a meek fox who is constantly scared off by his hen prey. With the evil wolf's advice, he resolves to eat the hen's eggs, but they hatch first. When the newborn chicks mistake the fox for their mother, he finds himself confounded between being a nurturer and a hunter. Closing the film is "The Perfect Christmas," in which the animals, convinced they killed Santa, panic to find a replacement before anybody finds out. The wacky, jocular tone of these stories is complemented by over-the-top voice acting and zany, hand-drawn animation that mixes delicate landscapes with erratic motion. The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales proves a silly, eccentric, but also tender, cartoon film for all ages.

Director Biography
Benjamin Renner is a cartoonist, animator, and film maker based in France. His animated film, Ernest & Celestine (SIFF 2013) was the first animated film to win the Magritte Award for Best Film and Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Academy Awards®. Despite having worked on Ernest & Celestine, which is based on a series of children's book of the same name, Renner admits that he has never read any of them. Instead, Renner states that his love for cartoons comes from Looney Tunes, which, he also admits, was the inspiration for the his animated film The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (2017).

Patrick Imbert is an animator based in France. He graduated from Gobelins, l'ecole de l'image where he then later worked on several feature films. His collaboration with fellow French cartoonist, animator, and director Benjamin Renner on the animated film Ernest & Celestine (2012) marks his debut as film director.

Alliance Francaise de Seattle, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Immersion School of WA, North Seattle French School

  • Original Language Title: Le Grand Mechant Renard et autres contes...
  • Director: Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner
  • Principal Cast: Kamel Abdessadok, Jules Bienvenu, Guillaume Bouchede, Guillaume Darnault, Jean-Loup Horwitz
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France, Belgium
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
  • Producer: Damien Brunner, Didier Brunner, Vincent Tavier
  • Screenplay: Benjamin Renner, Jean Regnaud
  • Editors: Benjamin Massoubre
  • Music: Robert Marcel Lepage
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar® Submission 2018 (Animated Feature)
  • Filmography: Imbert:; Debut Feature Film; ; Renner:; Ernest & Celestine (2012)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: GKids
  • International Sales: Studiocanal