Filmmaker Wes Anderson: How ‘Bottle Rocket’ Bombed

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Filmmaker Wes Anderson recalls the initial test screening of his now cult classic “Bottle Rocket.” Every review card from the audience read negative, save for one, and it looked like an “outline of a dissertation.” Anderson remembers thinking, “This is our audience!”


LIVE from the NYPL presents an evening with director Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) in conversation with screenplay co-writer Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) about “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Wes Anderson’s first animated film. In “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Wes Anderson utilizes classic handmade stop-motion techniques to tell the story of the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl.

Mr. and Mrs. Fox (George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristofferson (Eric Anderson). But after twelve years of quiet domesticity, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community…

The film is produced by Allison Abbate, Scott Rudin, Wes Anderson and Jeremy Dawson.

Wes Anderson is the Director, Co-writer and Producer of “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” He was born in Houston, Texas and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the director and co-writer of “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited” and the short “Hotel Chevalier.”

Noah Baumbach is the co-writer of “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” He wrote and directed “Margot at the Wedding,” “The Squid and the Whale,” and “Kicking and Screaming.” With Wes Anderson, he co-wrote “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” and he is a contributor to The New Yorker magazine’s “Shouts and Murmurs” department. His latest film, “Greenberg,” was released in 2010 by Focus Features.



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