Just like their real life counterparts foxes in fiction have a tendency to be seen as mysterious, cunning and sly. Originating with a French story from the Middle Ages about Reynard the Fox, the personality traits attributed to our furry fictional friends ( or foes) have remained to this day. But being tricksters doesn't mean they can't also be lovable. Below we sum up our favourite fictional foxes.
'Mr Fox' Image by Lucius Kwok
1. FANTASTIC MR FOX (& MRS)
The fox straight from the imagination everybody's favourite children's author, Roald Dahl, simply had to be at number one. Especially since having been brought to the big screen by director & visionary, Wes Anderson, in the beautiful stop-motion film Fantastic Mr Fox. Mr Fox, voiced by George Clooney is the charming, cunning and reckless character we recognise from the original book. He has a one-track-mind focused on CHICKENS, and winding up the evil farmers: Boggis, Bunce and Bean! All the while his loving and tolerant wife, voiced by Meryl Streep, stands by his side. We just love him!
Robin Hood directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and produced by Walt Disney Productions, 1973 (image)
2. DISNEY'S ROBIN HOOD (& MAID MARION)
In our opinion, Disney's charming and handsome cartoon fox is one of the best Robin Hood movies of all time, second only to Mel Brook's Men in Tights. Though based on a real figure from English history, there isn't much reality left in this tale. Disney's Robin Hood is a lovable rogue with a bow and arrow, and we watch him mischievously rob from the rich with fox-like cunning, With a cheeky glint in his eye, he woos the foxy Maid Marion, for sure the prettiest fox in fiction.
3. VINCE & NELSON FROM BBC3 MONGRELS
Not as well known as some of the other foxes on our list, Mongrels is something of a cult TV sitcom from 2010 featuring puppet animals who live in a garden in East London. Don't be fooled by the puppets, this is not a show for children. Vince & Nelson are the stars of the show: Nelson, a middle-class, Guardian-reading 'actor' fox desperate for a part in BBC's Springwatch is the polar opposite to potty-mouthed, violent and frankly psychopathic Vince. But the pair and their friends are a joy to watch. Hilarious!
Swiper - from Dora the Explorer
4. SWIPER FROM DORA THE EXPLORER
Although we are a little old to be watching Dora the Explorer, the children's cartoon that teaches Spanish words to children. There is one character that charms the bloody socks off us: Swiper, With chants of 'Swiper - No Swiping! ... while he tries to nick things out of Dora's backpack. Oh Maaaaaan! We don't know why we love him, we just do. Don't know what we're talking about? Check him out here.
5. NICK WILD FROM ZOOTROPOLIS
Its a new one this, but we think Nick Wild from Disney's brand new movie Zootropolis is a fabulous addition to the legacy of fictional foxes. Keeping true to fictional fox character: Nick the fox, voiced by Jason Bateman, is a sly con artist who partners up with the Bunny lead Judy Hopps to help solve the case.