Adapted from an acclaimed series of comic books written and illus-
trated by co-director Benjamin Renner, The Big Bad Fox and Other
Tales is a delightful animated film, charmingly old-fashioned in its
graphics but sly and witty in its contents. Consisting of three stories
featuring a recurring cast of hapless farm animals, the film is present-
ed as a theatrical revue, with the “big bad” fox (who is in fact anything
but) appearing on a stage before each segment to introduce the
action. The first story features the adventures of a rabbit, a pig, and a
duck who take over for the stork when she gets sick and try to bring a
human baby to its parents. This is followed by the story of the fearful
fox who is so bad at being a predator that he winds up protecting three
chickadees from a wolf. The final story finds the rabbit and the duck
attempting to deliver presents on Christmas Eve after they destroy a
plastic Santa Claus and become convinced they’ve killed the real one.
Combining an infectious warmth and a surprising slapstick sensibility,
The Big Bad Fox is a treat for the whole family.