FROM SPLASH PAGE: Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is so rich with detail — every frame bursting with color and movement and utter coolness — it’s almost hard to know where to look. During one scene, though, something jumped out to me: a fox reading a comic book.
The moment occurs about 2/3 through the movie, when Mr. Fox and his family are on the run from three murderous farmers. Fox’s 12-year-old son, Ash (voiced by Jason Schwartzman), kicks back and opens a comic book called “White Cape.” The audience gets a peek at the cover, but we never see a single page. The title does go a long way toward explaining why the young fox wears a makeshift white cape everywhere he goes — you could say White Cape is the bushy-tailed equivalent of Superman.
It turns out that while viewers never get more than a passing glance at the comic, Anderson and his team went to great lengths to design the book — so much so that they might turn the concept into an actual series.