Auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson’s return to animation has been heralded by the first Isle of Dogs trailer. Check it out below:
With Isle of Dogs, Anderson returns to stop motion animation, following his 2009 Oscar-nominee The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Set in Japan, 20 years in the future, the story begins with the corrupt mayor of Megasaki City exiling all dogs to a nearby garbage island, blaming the “dog flu.” His ward, 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi (voiced by Koyu Rankin), steals a prop plane and flies to the island in search of his dog, Spot (voiced by Liev Schreiber). There, he meets a pack of dogs that band together to help him reunite with Spot.
The Isle of Dogs trailer focuses on the various dogs, voiced by Wes Anderson stalwarts Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, and Scarlett Johansson. The dogs appear to be the focus characters on the island, as Atari’s dialogue is in Japanese and the dogs all speak English. Or more likely speak dog, translated into English for the audience’s benefit.
Meanwhile, a girl back in Japan begins rooting for Atari, looking into his story and trying to aid him.
Isle of Dogs features one of Anderson’s typically star-studded casts, with a blend of American stars and Japanese actors. Check out the full cast on the teaser poster:
This is writer/director Anderson’s first feature since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Academy Award best picture nominee and Golden Globe best picture winner. The long gap is no doubt due to the amount of time animation takes, particularly stop-motion (which suits Anderson’s signature style). Work is said to have begun on Isle of Dogs in 2016.
While Anderson’s previous animated film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, was not a box office smash, it was a critical hit, scoring 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and and Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Isle of Dogs opens in spring of 2018.
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