Underscoring the new-found respect cineastes have bestowed on animated features, the London Film Festival announced today (Monday) that it will open on October 14 with Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox , which features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson, and Willem Dafoe, most of whom are expected to attend. The stop-motion production from Anderson ( The Royal Tenenbaums ) is based on the Roald Dahl children's classic. The Times BFI London Film Festival (its official title) is the second major festival this year to open with animated fare. In May, the Cannes Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of Disney/Pixar's Up .

27/07/2009