I just saw Fantastic Mr. Fox and afterwards I realized something that no one seems to have mentioned so far: This is totally a foodie movie. It's not foodie like Julie & Julia, where the characters are baking desserts and decapitating ducks and invoking the spirit of Julia Child ... but food is a central part of the story . The three main bad guys each are rumored to only consume a single type of food or drink, and Mr. Fox is obsessed with getting his paws on some of these delicacies. There are feasts, there are large plates of French toast and desserts, there is a significant cider incident -- in short, this movie is awash in food and drink.
Therefore, I strongly suggest that you offer a feast to accompany some screenings of Fantastic Mr. Fox. It took me days to recuperate from Alamo's feast for The Simpsons Movie, but boy was it worthwhile. Alamo does feasts for all kinds of fancy foodie movies, and any other movie it likes ... this is one I hope is not forgotten, even though it is opening in Austin around Thanksgiving, when people have turkey feasts on the brain.
Here's what I'd recommend:
- First course: A pate-filled doughnut, like the kind Mr. Bunce enjoys.
- Second course: A minnow-like fish, maybe in a soup. Kylie needn't have caught the minnows himself.
- Third course: Chicken prepared three or four ways, just like Mr. Boggis eats for every meal (and dessert). Turkey and goose are also a possibility, and perhaps a starry apple like the kind Mr. Bean grows on the side.
- Fourth course: Apple nutmeg ginger snaps, as delicious and tempting (and huge) as Mrs. Bean's. Perhaps with a garnish of blueberries that have not been tampered with by Mr. Fox.
I would love to see Fantastic Mr. Fox again, this time with an accompanying feast like the one suggested above. And a warning to anyone seeing this movie under normal non-feast-y circumstances: this movie may make you very hungry, in a way that won't be satisfied by popcorn and Twizzlers.
[With special thanks to Jenn Brown, who tweeted the possibility of Alamo offering pate-filled doughnuts and thus gave me the inspiration for this entry.]