The new Wes Anderson film, Isle of Dogs, is a stop-motion film that follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. The film is set in the future, in Dystopian Japan where dogs have been quarantined on a remote island due to the breakout of “Canine Flu.”
Five local dogs — Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King — decide to help 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi, who lands on their island in search of his dog called Spots. They help and protect him from corrupt Japanese authorities who have come to retrieve him.
The film uses the voicework of Bill Murray, who has been in every Anderson film besides his debut feature, Bottle Rocket. We also hear the voices of Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig, Liev Schreiber, and Jeff Goldblum — to name a handful.
Yet with Isle of Dogs, Anderson was said to have been inspired by Akira Kurosawa films, so I am seriously looking forward to this Japanese-inspired element to the film.
The production of the film is in London, with Santa Monica production company Indian Paintbrush, the team behind Anderson’s 2015 The Grand Budapest Hotel film. It will be Anderson’s fifth time collaborating with the company.
Isle of Dogs is set for release in the UK on March 30, March 29 in Australian cinemas, and U.S. cinemas get to see the film March 23.