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40 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Quotes to Tempt You off the Straight and Narrow

Dayna Remus
Nov 18, 2022
11:20 P.M.
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Many of us know or are that person who used to live a wild lifestyle but has now settled down. While some are now content with their new life, others feel tempted to find their way back to the wild side. Read these 40 quotes from "Fantastic Mr. Fox," which follow a fox struggling with this internal predicament.

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Based on the book by Roald Dahl, the film "Fantastic Mr. Fox" follows a father and husband, who just so happens to be a fox, and his neverending urge to steal from farmers. This is despite his vow to put his old ways to an end, which he took when his wife fell pregnant.

The story starts with this protagonist living a straight, narrow, humble life with his wife and son and working as a newspaper columnist. However, he eventually buys a tree to live in with his family, longing to steal from the farms in the surrounding area. The dad begins to sneak out every night, a decision that leads him down a rough road.

Read these 40 quotes by Mr. Fox, his wife, and other characters to catch a glimpse into this highly acclaimed film.

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 Mr’s Fox’s Quote: "You really are kind of a quote-unquote fantastic fox." | Image: AmoDays

Mr’s Fox’s Quote: "You really are kind of a quote-unquote fantastic fox." | Image: AmoDays

The Responsible Mrs. Fox's Quotes

"If we're still alive in the morning, I want you to find another line of work." — Mrs. Fox

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"I don't care about the truth about yourself. This story is too predictable." — Mrs. Fox

"I refuse to let you go up there and face those guns. I'd sooner you stay down here and die in peace." — Mrs. Fox

"I should like you to know that if it wasn't for your father, we should all be dead by now. Your father is a fantastic fox." — Mrs. Fox

"You really are kind of a quote-unquote fantastic fox." — Mrs. Fox

Mrs. Fox's Quote: "I refuse to let you go up there and face those guns. I'd sooner you stay down here and die in peace." | Image: AmoDays

Mrs. Fox's Quote: "I refuse to let you go up there and face those guns. I'd sooner you stay down here and die in peace." | Image: AmoDays

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"I love you too. But I shouldn't have married you." — Mrs. Fox

"We're all different. Especially him. But there's something kind of fantastic about that, isn't there?" — Mrs. Fox

The Resourceful Mr. Fox's Quotes

"I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice." — Mr. Fox

"I guess my point is, we'll eat tonight, and we'll eat together. And even in this not particularly flattering light, you are, without a doubt, the five and a half most wonderful wild animals I've ever met in my life. So let's raise our boxes—to our survival." — Mr. Fox

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"You're exaggerating, Badger." — Mr. Fox

 Mr. Fox's Quote: "In the end, we all die. Unless you change." | Image: AmoDays

Mr. Fox's Quote: "In the end, we all die. Unless you change." | Image: AmoDays

"Well, just keep your mouth shut, and it won't be a problem." — Mr. Fox

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"Honey, I am seven fox years old. My father died at seven and a half. I don't want to live in a hole anymore, and I'm going to do something about it." — Mr. Fox

"Really? Tell me about them." — Mr. Fox

"Oh! I didn't see you sitting in the dark over there. Yeah! No, actually, there's a fire. I just got the call. They said maybe it was arson. I've got to interview the marshal and see if it's..." — Mr. Fox

"It will never grow again. I shall be tail-less for the rest of my life." — Mr. Fox

 Mr. Fox's Quote: "Redemption? Sure. But in the end, he's just another dead rat in a garbage pail behind a Chinese restaurant." | Image: AmoDays

Mr. Fox's Quote: "Redemption? Sure. But in the end, he's just another dead rat in a garbage pail behind a Chinese restaurant." | Image: AmoDays

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"Why a fox? Why not a horse, or a beetle, or a bald eagle? I'm saying this more as, like, existentialism, you know? Who am I? And how can a fox ever be happy without, you'll forgive the expression, a chicken in its teeth?" — Mr. Fox

"Redemption? Sure. But in the end, he's just another dead rat in a garbage pail behind a Chinese restaurant." — Mr. Fox

"I think it may very well be all the beautiful differences among us that might just give us the tiniest glimmer of a chance of saving my nephew and letting me make it up to you for getting us into this, this crazy—whatever it is. I don't know. It's just a thought. Thank you for listening. Cheers, everyone." — Mr. Fox

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"Wild animals with true natures and pure talents. Wild animals with scientific-sounding Latin names that mean something about our DNA. Wild animals each with his own strengths and weaknesses due to his or her species." — Mr. Fox

"In the end, we all die. Unless you change." — Mr. Fox

 Mr. Fox's Quote: "It will never grow again. I shall be tail-less for the rest of my life." | Image: AmoDays

Mr. Fox's Quote: "It will never grow again. I shall be tail-less for the rest of my life." | Image: AmoDays

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The Cynical Ash Fox's Quotes

"I'm here to rescue you." — Ash Fox

"There's a lot of attitudes going on around here — don't let me get one." — Ash Fox

"I can fight my own fights." — Ash Fox

"I'm not different, am I?" — Ash Fox

"I can fit through there. Want to know why?" — Ash Fox

Ash Fox’s Quote: "There's a lot of attitudes going on around here — don't let me get one." | Image: AmoDays

Ash Fox’s Quote: "There's a lot of attitudes going on around here — don't let me get one." | Image: AmoDays

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"You know what? I'm just gonna put dirt in my ears. Ow — that's better. I can't hear you now, but keep talking." — Ash Fox

"Because I'm little." — Ash Fox

The Kindhearted Badger's Quotes

″‘There’s nothing wrong with being respectable." — Badger

"In summation, I think you're not going to do it, man. That's all." — Badger

"'My dear Foxy! What in the world has happened to your tail?" — Badger

Badger’s Quote: ″There’s nothing wrong with being respectable." | Image: AmoDays

Badger’s Quote: ″There’s nothing wrong with being respectable." | Image: AmoDays

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"A lot of good animals are probably going to die because of you! Half the woods have been obliterated, nobody can get out, and right now, my wife is at the bottom of a flint mine with no food, no water, and 27 starving animal brats!" — Badger

"I'm sugar-coating it, man. This is Boggis, Bunce, and Bean; three of the meanest, nastiest, ugliest farmers in the history of this valley." — Badger

"Don't buy this tree, Foxy. You're borrowing at nine-and-a-half with no fixed rate, plus moving into the most dangerous neighborhood in the country for someone of your type of species." — Badger

The Mild-Mannered Kristofferson's Quotes

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"I've got mixed feelings about that." — Kristofferson

"I beg your pardon?" — Kristofferson

Kristofferson’s Quote: "I've got mixed feelings about that." | Image: AmoDays

Kristofferson’s Quote: "I've got mixed feelings about that." | Image: AmoDays

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"Excuse me, everyone. I'm gonna go meditate for half an hour." — Kristofferson

"No, you can't." — Kristofferson

More Quotes from the World of 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.'

"It was lovely to realize that while the fat farmer was sitting up there on the hill waiting for them to starve, he was also giving them their dinner without knowing it." Roald Dahl

"Why is your cousin such a wet sandwich?" — Beaver's son

"Yeah, but I don't think he should come with us either." — Kylie

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 Roald Dahl’s Quote: “It was lovely to realize that while the fat farmer was sitting up there on the hill waiting for them to starve, he was also giving them their dinner without knowing it."  | Image: AmoDays

Roald Dahl’s Quote: “It was lovely to realize that while the fat farmer was sitting up there on the hill waiting for them to starve, he was also giving them their dinner without knowing it." | Image: AmoDays

"Fantastic Mr. Fox," directed by Wes Anderson, is not just another cute children's film. The Tomatometer has rated it at 93% with an 85% audience score. The show also features big names who took on voicing some of the characters, such as Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.

On top of this, "Fantastic Mr. Fox." was nominated for two Oscars. Out of its 63 nominations across many award ceremonies, it took home 32 awards.

Dive into these quotes from another heartfelt movie about a fox, the timeless tale of "The Fox & the Hound."

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