Thank you to Wes Anderson

We would like to say a colossal ‘thank you’ to the director, writer and producer Wes Anderson, who has given us the script for “Fantastic Mr. Fox”.

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris – ©

We’ll be using the script for a forthcoming SkypeRead project based on the theme of ‘the Hero’s Journey’. Developed in the 1940s by the scholar Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey is a model that can be used to explain the structure of stories throughout history, from ancient myths to modern-day movies. We think it is also a model that can be applied to the adventure of learning a foreign language and working across borders…

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”, based on the book by Roald Dahl, is a movie that adds an unusual twist to the Hero’s Journey. It is also incredibly good fun, and the language is wonderfully authentic.

To give you a flavour of the movie, this was Wes Anderson’s acceptance speech when he received a Special Achievement Award from the National Board of Review in 2010.

Published by Graham Jones

Astrophysicist and science communicator