The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

February 8, 2:00 pm — Taylor Hall 203

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales / 2018 / Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert / 83 min

Introduction: Claire Sagan (Political Science, Vassar College)

Respondent: Pierre-Louis Philipponnat (French and Francophone Studies, Vassar College)

Adapted from an acclaimed series of comic books written and illustrated 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 presented 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.


This Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.

The festival is cosponsored by the Department of Film, the Women’s Studies Program, the Dean of Faculty and the VSA French Club.