Sync or Swim: Familial Mr. Fox

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From previous experience, most of the syncs I’ve done were mostly based on rock and techno. It’s nice to try something else, something simpler. I can’t imagine a Wes Anderson film working with techno at all.

Take Philip Selway’s “Familial” and Fantastic Mr. Fox and start both sources at 0:00. Loop the album until the end. Credit for the sync goes to Andrew Wendland.

Points of Interest

  • The album cover has a mother, a father, and a child, much like the Fox family.
  • The overall sound of the album evokes nature.

Act I

By Some Miracle

  • “Put it back, put it where you found it.” Mr. Fox and Felicity take a walk toward the farm with intent to steal.

Beyond Reason

  • Mr. Fox and Felicity are trapped, mostly due his curiosity.
  • “Tries my patience.” Ash refuses to get dressed, trying Felicity’s patience.
  • “Count from one to ten. Start over again.” There are ten songs on this album. Once the album finishes, it starts over again.

A Simple Life

  • The Fox family is considered poor, at least to Mr. Fox.
  • “I’m standing right next to you.” This indicates Felicity’s position.
  • “We’ll leave and disappear,” as Ash leaves the kitchen.
  • “We just want a simple life,” as Mr. Fox inspects the tree.
  • “I’m scared that I’m losing you.” Kylie Opossum blanks out for a few seconds.
  • “Then we’ll leave and disappear into the night.” Just like a thief.
  • “I wouldn’t lie to you.” This comes from Clive Badger’s mouth, Mr. Fox’s lawyer.

All Eyes on You

  • “Slow down and breathe.” This advice is ignored as Mr. Fox and Clive fight.
  • “You’re terrified to speak.” Both animals fight senselessly.
  • “So frail and small”, “You’re terrified…” We see Kristofferson Silverfox for the first time. He has an innocent, yet worried, look on his face.

The Ties That Bind Us

  • “It’s all gone south.” Ash starts to hate Kristofferson and the attention his father’s giving him.
  • “The ties that bind us” are familial. Kristofferson is Ash’s cousin.
  • “The family man is running from me.” Mr. Fox runs off to steal some squabs.
  • Ash and Kristofferson watch the trains go by. The rails are held together by railroad ties, binding the track together.

Patron Saint

  • “A web of lies will compromise.” Mr. Fox plans his major heist.
  • “He was caught in the crossfire.” There’s a love triangle between Ash, Kristofferson, and Agnes. Ash wants Agnes, but she’s interested in Kristofferson.

Falling

  • The dogs and Boggis fall down after eating the blueberries.
  • “Visions come in the dark.” Mr. Fox and Kylie run in the night.
  • “Just look the other way.” Mr. Fox tries to dodge suspicion.

Broken Promises

  • One of the animals has the number eight on his shirt during the whack-bat game. This is the eighth song on the album.
  • “Dreams that are never fulfilled.” Ash has several of these.

Don’t Look Down

  • “There’s nowhere left to hide.” The rat spots them in the cider cellar.

The Witching Hour

  • “Take me out into the night.” It’s night during the shooting.

Act II

By Some Miracle

  • The countdown is in time with each shot of the character’s expression.
  • “Put it to the back of your mind.” Kristofferson is meditating.
  • “I just got away with it.” Felicity confronts Mr. Fox about the situation.

Beyond Reason

  • Boggis, Bunce, and Bean are all beyond reason when they try to find the foxes.
  • The digging is in time with the music.
  • Ash and Kristofferson fight about spreading rumors.
  • The television channel that has the interview with Bean is 12. This is the twelfth song in the sync.

A Simple Life

  • The banjo player strums in time to the music.
  • “Turn out the light.” The lantern is re-lit.
  • “Then we’ll leave and disappear.” The bully exits the frame.

All Eyes on You

  • “Slow down and breathe.” The animals stop digging.
  • The banjo player returns to strum.

The Ties That Bind Us

  • “It’s all gone south.” The farmers are not too happy about the recent robbery.

Patron Saint

  • There are six pastries in the kitchen. This is the sixth song on the album.

Falling

  • The water falls down.

Broken Promises

  • Mr. Fox has to make up for his broken promises by going to find Kristofferson.
  • “Go to the place where you’ll find peace…” The rat is about to die.

Don’t Look Down

  • “Don’t run and hide.” Mr. Fox makes plans to recapture Kristofferson.

The Witching Hour

  • “The witching hour” is 10:00 AM, the time that the plan begins.
  • This is the tenth track on the album.
  • “Take me.” Mr. Fox calls for the farmers’ attention.

Act III

By Some Miracle

  • “The black dog” is more or less brown as seen in the Bean Annex.

Beyond Reason

  • Mr. Fox tries to reason with the rabid dog.
  • “Start over again.” Ash tries to break Kristofferson from his prison again.

A Simple Life

  • “We’ll stay quite still.” The dog chases them.

All Eyes on You

  • This is the wolf encounter. Mr. Fox has to face his fear as everyone watches him.
  • The three farmers are interviewed for a final time by channel 12.
  • This is the fourth song on the album; 4×3=12.

The Ties That Bind Us

  • Mr. Fox gives one final speech, tying everyone together with a toast.
  • DANCE PARTY!

Patron Saint

  • “Gather here, everyone.” The credits roll.
  • “He was caught in the crossfire.” “Lights are burning bright but no one’s home.” Apparently, Wes Anderson wasn’t around on the set during most of the production and his cinematographer, Tristan Oliver, wasn’t happy about it. There were some heated comments about it.

Like I mentioned earlier, it’s nice to listen to a slower album once in a while. This album fits in a way that just seems right (though there is another alternative soundtrack for this film). There’s nothing flashy about this one and that’s fine. Even just listening to the album on its own is fine.

Sync grade: B+

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