Anybody familiar with Wes Anderson's films will be just as at ease with the director's idiosyncratic soundtrack choices. With help from frequent collaborator and music supervisor Randall Poster, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is suited with similar Andersonian choices, with inclusions from the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, old voices like Burl Ives, jazz from Art Tatum and all-new contemporary contributions from Jarvis Cocker and score composer Alexandre Desplat.
The soundtrack hits physical and digital shelves on Nov. 3. The film, which boasts the voices of stars like George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Anderson regulars, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, hits theaters on a limited basis starting Nov. 13, and wide release Nov. 25.
British songwriter Jarvis Cocker, who fronts British band Pulp, wrote the track "Fantastic Mr. Fox AKA Petey's Song" specifically for the film. Desplat, who has likely finished his work on the forthcoming "Twilight Saga: New Moon" score, has whipped up songs like "Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail (Behind A Chinese Restaurant)" and "Whack Bat Majorette."
A couple former animated references come to mind with some track selections: specifically, in perhaps what's a nod to Disney, there's "Love" by Nancy Adams, which backed the fox version of Robin Hood and his Maid Marian in 1973's "Robin Hood," while newer act The Wellington's take on "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" may jog some classic mouse-eared memories.
The Stones have shown up in almost every Anderson movie, this time with "Street Fighting Man."
1. American Empirical Pictures* - Alexandre Desplat
2. The Ballad of Davy Crockett - The Wellingtons
3. Mr. Fox in the Fields* - Alexandre Desplat
4. Heroes and Villains - Beach Boys
5. Fooba Wooba John - Burl Ives
6. Bogus, Bunce and Bean* - Alexandre Desplat
7. Jimmy Squirrel and Co.* - Alexandre Desplat
8. Love - Nancy Adams
9. Buckeye Jim - Burl Ives
10. High-Speed French Train* - Alexandre Desplat
11. Whack Bat Majorette* - Alexandre Desplat
12. The Grey Goose - Burl Ives
13. Bean's Secret Cider Cellar* - Alexandre Desplat
14. Une Petite Ile - Georges Delerue
15. Street Fighting Man - Rolling Stones
16. Fantastic Mr. Fox AKA Petey's Song - Jarvis Cocker
17. Night and Day - Art Tatum
18. Kristofferson's Theme* - Alexandre Desplat
19. Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail (Behind A Chinese Restaurant)* - Alexandre Desplat
20. Le Grand Choral - Georges Delerue
21. Great Harrowsford Square* - Alexandre Desplat
23. Stunt Expo 2004* - Alexandre Desplat - Alexandre Desplat
23. Canis Lupus* - Alexandre Desplat
24. Ol' Man River - The Beach Boys
25. Let Her Dance - Bobby Fuller Four
*Music composed, conducted and produced by Alexandre Desplat