A Foxs Tale Review!
Have you guys been to the imdb bottom 100 lately? I have! And that’s how I know about this movie! “A Foxs Tale” is a 2008 Hungarian film, that’s supposedly a sequel to a 1981 Hungarian animated film named “Vuk der Kleine Fuchs,” or as it’s known in America “The Little Fox.” It’s apparently actually a good movie, but I wouldn’t know since I never saw it. This film has actually been on our to-do list ever since we made these reviews a regular thing, and now almost a year later we’re finally gonna get to it! So here it is folks, A Foxs Tale!
The film starts with a poorly rendered panning shot of a forest, when we’re then introduced to three rabbits. They serve no purpose but are still in too much of this film. The Father bunny reveals that they’re on a nature preserve, so they’re safe from hunters and what not. After a bit more fumbling around we’re introduced to some other cute cuddly animals! Like a family of cute little foxes, a cute little family of, I guess they’re supposed to be wild hogs, a cute little family of groundhogs, and an annoying ass rapping bird! Oh boy this film will just be whimsical as fuck won’t it?
Nope! As right out of fucking nowhere, a shit ton of poachers with guns and crossbows show up and MURDER a bunch of animals! The hogs parents, dead. The foxes mother, dead. One of the groundhogs, dead. The best part is, after this incredibly dark scene where many people die, the fucking bird chimes in and starts rapping! Like jesus dude now is not the time to rap like 4 families of animals just got orphaned! Our main character, named little Jack, is one of them, except maybe not! He is adamant that his father is still alive! Why? I don’t fucking know! Last we saw he got impaled on screen by an arrow so, I doubt it mate.
Later on the circus drives into town! It’s got five people working for it, a strong idiot, a hideous looking western idiot, the leader whos the obvious villain Anna, her daughter Arabella, and her father who has mind control powers that he only uses, like once. The main villain, named Anna, steps out of her van, sees what looks like some kind of obelisk in the forest, and starts tripping the fuck out! Seriously it’s just random flashes, people randomly talking about like, hands I think? It’s as out of nowhere as the shooting scene and just as funny.
We also get introduced to another random kid named Alex, who has a dog that wears a hat and a headset. Alex is upset though, since he is in a wheelchair. And therefore cannot act revenge on the car that runs over some random kids ball. Back with the animals, Little Jack decides to investigate the circus that’s been setup since he smells foxes and he wants to see if his dad is there. He follows his nose to where the animals are being held, and sees a big painting of the circuses main event which, addmittedly would be pretty cool to see. They’re called the flying fucks- I mean the flying fox! It’s a trapeze act, but with foxes. I mean yeah it’s most likely animal cruelty but, I mean, I’d still watch.
However since Little Jack, fuck it I’m just gonna call him Jack now. Since Jack is a dumb stupid wild fox, he doesn’t know what a painting is! So a fox girl called Darcey jumps up to a little barred window and has a chat with him about it being a painting. At the same time, Alex is wandering the forest with his dog then comes across Arabella, and they talk for a bit. Both Alex and Jack go home, for some reason, then the next day Jack decides to check the big top this time and he finds his papa! He is then immediately caught. At the same time Alex meets Arabella again, who somehow only now notices he’s in a wheelchair. They talk a bit about how his mother’s dead because of a drunk driving crash, the same crash that put him in the chair, and he gets to see the circus rehearse! However for some reason Anna throws him out, strange!
At the same time, Jack is flirting with Darcey a bit. However she already has a guy who wants her fox ass and so they start fighting! Jack wins, and because of that Darcey is instantly hot for him. He also learns about the shock collars they wear, and then escapes in the lamest chase scene ever. He’s chased by Anna on a Christopher Walken horse, don’t ask it’ll just make your head hurt, but escapes since the horse is on his side! Basically all the animals want to break out, and now it’s Jack mission to get them out of there.
If I had to describe these characters it’d be, forgettable. How forgettable? I just watched the damn movie and I don’t remember all these guys! I guess, Alex is into animals and Jack is, determined, and I guess, optimistic? Aside from those I really don’t remember anything. Even the acting, too boring to really care about. I guess it wasn’t, god awful, but it also wasn’t really good. All around meh.
Good god the animation in this film is fucking bad! I mean, the only thing I could give a pass to is the animals designs, they’re decent I guess. Yeah their models are rough and untextured but, I wouldn’t say terrible. Everything else is though! All the human designs are either uninspired or horribly ugly to look at, especially the cow boy, good god he’s a fucking crescent headed monster.
The actual movement animation follows the same pattern, animals, it’s fine, passable I suppose, but the humans move like they’re in fucking food fight! Sometimes the Alex is a completely static model aside from the big wheels on his chair, and for the humor the timing is way too sluggish to actually be funny. The backgrounds are also pretty bad, hell a few times we noticed the background was actually a 2D image so, that’s something. All around, the animation is pretty bad!
So after being thrown of the circus Alex talks to his dad about the strange girl who was so angry at him. He shows him a picture of her he took, I guess, and the dad instantly recognises her, and they decide to go to the circus that night. At the same time the animals have devised a way to escape, and it pretty much goes off without a hitch! However they’re found out once they get into the woods and the circus people give chase! So does Alex and Arabella to stop them! It all culminates at a cliff, where Alex has his wheels on the edge, and there’s a tree acting as a natural bridge to another cliff. Alex tells Arabella to go across to be safe, so she just kinda does with the foxes, but ha ha Arabella slips and is hanging on for dear life! In order to save her, Alex presses the eject button on his chair. No really he pushes a button and gets launched into the air.
Anyways, he lands and Anna just kinda, laughs at him, but suddenly, you ready for this? ALEX STANDS UP, SHUFFLES HIS WAY OVER TO ARABELLA, SAVES HER AND THEN THEY HEAD BACK! WHAT!? Also pretty smart of them to try and cross the tree in order to get away from Anna, then just walk back the other way, right towards Anna. However before anything else happens she gets caught by the feds, and all of the circus except for Arabella gets arrested! So, Alex can walk, Jack and Darcey get together, and Arabella is an orphan now! The end!
You know I’m only now noticing the error in the title. Correct me if I’m wrong but shouldn’t it be, “A Foxes Tale,” and not “A Foxs Tale?” God damn it guys you couldn’t even get the title right! Yeah that kinda tells you how bad this movie is, and that is, very. It’s extremely bad! I mean, not the worst animated movie ever, I’ve seen Wolftracers “Dinosaur Island,” this aint nowhere near as bad as that. But, it is up there. However it’s also pretty damn funny considering how bad it is, so, I guess I suggest it, along with some friends and a bunch of beer!