Clooney vs. Murray: Inside ‘Mr. Fox’

Did the stars like working together or not? Plus, a rare peek inside “Fox” author Roal Dahl’s home.

Last Updated: November 18, 2009 @ 10:29 AM

George Clooney and Bill Murray apparently had different ideas of how it was to work with each other on "The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

The film –an animated adaptation of the classic book by Roald Dahl — opens wider this weekend, expanding from its initial bow in New York and Los Angeles. A lifelong fan of the book, Wes Anderson jumped at the opportunity to direct the film starring the voices of Clooney, Murray and Meryl Streep.

At his five-acre country home, the Gipsy House, in Great Missenden near London, Dahl wrote “Fox” in 1970, just a few years after his most famous novels “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."  Anderson employs a two-frame stop-motion technique that makes movements rougher than the digital animation audiences have grown so accustomed to.

This retro look is part of what gives the new movie its charm — in addition to Clooney’s canny interpretation of the character and Bill Murray’s portrayal of the Badger, Mr. Fox’s attorney.

TheWrap spent some time at Dahl’s home, getting a look at his environment and the actors who helped bring “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” to life.