A lively trio of cartoons that are wacky, heartwarming and wise, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales showcases an animal farm like no other: The titular fox is far less cunning than he is both kind and nurturing, a duck has no idea how to actually swim, a lizard shows up out of nowhere and starts speaking Mandarin and a stork is far too lazy to deliver the baby in its beak.
Those are just some of the characters populating this second feature from director Benjamin Renner (working here with animator Patrick Imbert), whose Ernest & Celestine was one of the more memorable animated movies to come out of France a few years back […]. This time the source material is different, with Renner adapting his own best-selling comic book in a tone that’s equal parts Tex Avery and Dr. Seuss, with a bit of Adult Swim thrown into the mix.
Co-written by Jean Regnaud, all three stories feature animals that have a hard time fulfilling their traditional roles, whether it’s on the farm or in the forest. They could all also probably use a dose of Ritalin, so much do they seem constantly agitated and incapable of chilling out for as much as a second. […] [It’s] a whirligig of nonstop action from start to finish.
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter