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ISLE OF DOGS, a new Wes Anderson adventure


A serious piece of cuteness has been thrown into the universe a few nights ago. I'm talking about Wes Anderson's latest film, which has just received a full-length trailer set to the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band's psychedelic tune “I Won’t Hurt You,”. The stop-motion animation, Isle Of Dogs, looks fun, engaging and seriously political.

Isle Of Dogs allows Anderson to play around with talking animals, as this hasn't happened since Fantastic Mr. Fox, 8 years ago. The film is set in a futuristic Japan, and the plot follows a decision by the country to handle an epidemic of dog flu by quarantining the nation’s canine population on a place called Trash Island. Unfortunately for one young man, Atari Kobayashi, that decision includes his pet, Spots, so the enterprising guy lights out for the Island with the intent of recovering his beloved furry friend. Of course, the adventures that follow the boy's arrival on the island make up the multi-layered action.


The voice cast is as great and diverse as Fox‘s was, from Anderson's regulars to a whole bunch of new faces. Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Francis McDormand and Harvey Keitel, Ken Watanabe, Courtney B. Vance, Kunichi Nomura, Mari Natsuki, Koyu Rankin, Yoko Ono and more. Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson are producers. Visually, it’s even more striking than Mr. Fox, some say. The island itself offers a giant playground for Anderson to experiment with some new moves.

Anderson explains in an interview: With live action, you have an immediacy. With an animated film, you can’t predict accidents and surprises. With a movie like this, when it’s actually being animated, as carefully as you prepare the shot and all the details, frame by frame, every animator comes up with a different interpretation. Their personalities, interests and strengths come through. You never quite know what it’s going to be. The feeling of being in control but nervous and excited about the unknown is the same. (via Slashfilm)

Moreover, the director mentions that his latest work was inspired by the films of Seven Samurai and Rashomon director Akira Kurosawa.

Isle Of Dogs comes out March 23, 2018. Check out the dystopian canine trailer below.

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Related:   Fantastic Mr. Fox



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