Wes Anderson characters travel a lot. Just think of the chases in The Grand Budapest Hotel, or the outdoorsy adventures of Moonrise Kingdom, or the quest across the countryside of the merry band of outsiders in Fantastic Mr. Fox. For his next feature, Isle of Dogs, Anderson is swapping the foxes for dogs but keeping the story of a boy on his grand adventure and the stop-motion technique that made the furry creatures so endearing.
Isle of Dogs is the tale of a boy in search of his dog — more specifically, it's about a 12-year-old boy who decides to explore an island of quarantined Japanese dogs in hopes of finding his best friend. Since they both possess a unique aesthetic and a sense for neatly organized things, it makes perfect sense for Anderson's world and Japanese culture to finally meet.
Watch The Trailer For Isle Of Dogs
Talking animals plus an epic villain and a crush between the two young protagonists? The elements of a wonderful Wes Anderson movie are all there. The few minutes of the trailer already reveal a dry wit similar to the dialogue in Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the cast is absolutely stellar. While Edward Norton voices main dog Rex, he's joined by an excellent international roster including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Kunichi Nomura, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Yoko Ono, Courtney B. Vance, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, and Liev Schrieber.
The only downside seems to be the release date — we'll have to wait until March 23, 2018 to see Isle of Dogs arrive in theaters.
Are you psyched for Isle of Dogs?