I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox with Annabelle the other night. The best animated film I've seen in a long time. It wasn't noisy or obnoxious. It didn't veer from one cliff-hanging scene to the next. It was a pretty quiet movie. It was clever and funny. Its humor was smart --and didn't rely on current pop culture references for easy laughs. And throughout the film were charming little touches. Like when the young boy fox Ash and his cousin Kristofferson are sharing a bedroom, arguing over who gets to sleep where, and Kristofferson finally resigns to his place on the floor, a Burt Ives tune is softly playing. Burl Ives! You can clearly hear that distinctive Burl voice, enveloping the scene. Some obscure tune that I've never heard before.
Well, checking online to see the soundtrack for Fantastic Mr. Fox, I see that there was not one but three Burl Ives tunes included in the movie! How about that?! The music was so quiet I didn't pick up on the other two. The three Burl Ives tunes were "Buckeye Jim," "The Grey Goose" and something called "Fooba Wooba John." Yes, Burl Ives singing Fooba Wooba John. Now that is what I call a movie soundtrack. I challenge everyone who reads this blog to watch this movie and see if you can pick out the three Burl tunes. The first person who can successfully name the scenes in which Burl appears gets a prize!
Here, to get you started, I have included a clip of Buckeye Jim. Enjoy!