August 24, 2009

Trailer: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

I was underwhelmed by Wes Anderson's last feature length The Darjeeling Limited, mostly because of the soundtrack. The movie's music selection was dominated by the Kinks' 1970 satirical look at the record industry, Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One—one of my all-time favorite records. But topically, the songs had little if anything to do with Anderson's film. Sure, "This Time Tomorrow" and "Strangers" sounded beautiful on the big screen, but lyrically, they are part of a bigger picture that did not belong nor fit with Anderson. To me, their inclusion felt entirely incongruent.

But Anderson is still brilliant. Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and especially The Life Aquatic—with its Portuguese translations of David Bowie songs—contain some of the best pop music and film pairings ever produced. After watching the director's newest trailer for The Fantastic Mr. Fox, it seems Anderson is back at the helm of his creative and tastefully imagined world I and countless others have come to love. The Bobby Fuller Four and the great Clarence Carter in one trailer? It's hard not to bounce along. Jarvis Cocker, formerly of Pulp, will also play an original song during the film as the mandolin strumming Petey.

Clarence Carter - "Looking For A Fox" (from This Is Clarence Carter)
The Bobby Fuller Four - "Let Her Dance" (from I Fought The Law)

Clarence Carter

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