I’ve been looking for magic lately. The world is full of disaster and we all need a little magic, don’t we? Enter Wes Anderson. The official trailer for Isle of Dogs was released Thursday and it is truly, magically, mind-blowingly awesome.
Isle of Dogs is a stop-motion animation film, in the same vein as Fantastic Mr. Fox. And, I already love it. It amazes me that, even when fully animated, there is absolutely no mistaking Anderson’s style. The timing is so unique and truly impeccable. The shots are familiar, the takes to camera, the stillness. Obviously, I’m a fan. But, how could you avoid it?
The magic of this story is not just in the animation and the talking dogs, though that definitely helps make it other-worldly. It’s in the telling of the story itself. A little boy risks everything for his dog, aided by a heroic pack of discarded dogs, in a world where dogs are literally thrown away and forgotten. There’s danger and wonder and poetry and comedy in this, and we’ve only seen the trailer!
The trailer is all things Anderson. It’s quirky, beautiful, haunting, funny, impressive, and has a giant heart. Here is the official story synopsis from FOX Searchlight:
“ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.”
Isle of Dogs is set to be released in theaters March 23, 2018.
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