If you haven’t seen Fantastic Mr. Fox, you should. The voice work is superb, the dialogue clever, the characters instantly endearing, and best of all, you get to spend some time living in the world of Wes Anderson – a world that seems a lot like the present day, but with ‘70’s technology. A world I like to think of as Vinylpunk.
Might I suggest organizing a movie night around this fine film?
Movie nights can be as easy as emailing a few friends, renting a video on your way home, and throwing some popcorn in the popper. If you want to make it a very special evening, consider serving food that appears in the film. Here are a few favorites:
In Fantastic Mr. Fox, the menu practically writes itself. The villains, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, are each obsessed with eating one thing: chicken, goosemeat donuts, and hard cider, respectively. I recommend throwing a big bag of Tyson’s chicken fingers in the oven and setting them out on a platter with a little mustard for dipping in. Goosemeat donuts are a tall order – if you happen to live near a Chinese bakery, pork buns make a great stand-in. If you don’t, consider resorting to actual donuts – or jelly donut-holes. Be sure to offer guests a choice of hard or soft cider. A big bowl of apples is also in order, as the animals are usually crunching away on them when they are not actively engaged in stealing from the villains.
Once everyone has a beverage and the food is comfortably within reach, hit play. Invite people to sip and munch along with the characters.
If you feel like getting ambitious, there are a few more food items you might want to present as they appear on screen. Click here for a food timeline.
You may also want to try Mario Batali's excellent recipe for Mrs. Bean's Famous Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps, which can be found on RushmoreAcademy.com.