In an interview at Ain't It Cool News, Henry Selick was asked about "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." He said this:
Capone: You know, this just popped into my head, back at the end of 2007, I spoke with Wes Anderson, and he mentioned that for the animated film he's working on now, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, that he'd originally asked you to be a part of that. Obviously you were busy.
HS: Yeah, he's doing stop motion. He's directing from Paris through his iPhone, shooting movies of himself as the characters for the animators to work with.
Capone: It seems like it would have been a natural fit for the two of you, since you'd worked with him before [Henry created the rare fish species in THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU].
HS: Oh, I was very interested in doing it and working with him, but when CORALINE got green lit, I had to go with it. This is my baby. [laughs]
Kind of cool Selick's still in touch with Wes, and that's kind of amazing that he's directing it through iPhone videos. Hopefully this one will get a big DVD and we can see those voice recording sessions in the woods and some Wes iPhone recreations of the film.http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39977
Also, a few updates from IMDb (if they are to be believed):
-The release date is now November 6, 2009. If this is true, then it'll come out less than a month after Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are." Two weird, likely brilliant and off-beat children's films in a month. I have a feeling many kids will be freaked out in October and November.
-They seemed to have dropped the "The" from the title, as it appears there as "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
-The film's composer is listed as Alexandre Desplat (Birth, Upside of Anger, Syriana, The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Malick's new film Tree of Life.) I've always liked his work, and his style varies quite a bit, so it should be interesting to see what he comes up with for this.
-Cinematography is by Tristan Oliver, who has shot two Wallace and Gromit films, and Chicken Run.
Unfortunately, we probably won't be getting much promo material until at least May, that is if the release date stays in November.