Over the Moon

Wes Anderson's latest is a great escape

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Scoutmaster ward (Norton) with his charges in Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson Builds dollhouses, life-size ones, for the characters in his movies. The home in The Royal Tenenbaums is as meticulously eccentric as the family that occupies it. The subterranean abode of the feral dandy in Anderson's stop-motion Fantastic Mr. Fox would merit a spread in a vulpine Better Homes and Gardens. The director's camera style is every bit as regimented. Shots travel across a flat plane or forward; reaction shots are calibrated at a 90- or 180-degree angle to the preceding shot. The pictures could have been taken by a robo--security apparatus designed by a geometry genius.

Anderson's dollhouse movies...

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