Over at the Atlantic, V.V. Ganeshananthan offers a considered opinion of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox. In short: The Roald Dahl book of the same title featured animals who were far more civilized and food-forward. Magnificent feasts and a fine-food-as-civilization theme have been watered down for the big screen:

“Perhaps the movie’s approach to food says more about our time than the era in which the book was written: it does not end with the feast that finishes the book, but rather in a supermarket full of goods with artificial flavorings, where the animals are grateful to be together and to have any food at all.”

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