Both Anderson’s first animated effort and his first (and, to date, only) literary adaptation, and it wasn’t an obvious fit for him: quite aside from being a family film, the jagged, perverse humor of the late Roald Dahl, even in one of his more innocuous children’s books, exists in a very different dimension from the gentler zaniness of Wesworld. Dahl’s tone is tricky to nail — even a titan like Steven Spielberg was defeated by it — but Anderson hit on a happy, jaunty compromise here, his own obsessive-compulsive style loosened by the scrappy, tactile quality of stop-motion animation. George Clooney’s lickety-split voice work, meanwhile, was the ideal accompaniment.
Twee factor: 6/10. It’s Wes animating woodland creatures, so still pretty damn twee, but Dahl’s voice gives it an edge.