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For all Wes Anderson fans, Isle of Dogs is one of most anticipated movies of 2018. It is different from almost everything else he has done so far for the simple reason that it is only his second animated movie, after the Fantastic Mr. Fox. This movie is also done with the stop-motion technique and holds a great promise. Even though most of Anderson’s movies are so visually beautiful that they actually feel animated (Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, to name just a few), his return into the actual world of animation is a sight one must see.
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Isle of the Dogs Movie Quotes & Cast Info
Friendship Above All Else
Wes Anderson is known for setting his movies in beautiful, sometimes imaginary locations. This time, his adventure comedy stop-motion is set in the fictional city of Megasaki, Japan, where a dangerous dog flu and other canine diseases give a corrupt mayor an excuse to exile all of the town’s dogs to a nearby island, called Trash Island because it is essentially just a big trashpile. Take a peek at the Isle of the Dogs trailer!
The main part of the movie goes on at the island. After being exiled and send to this Trash Island, the colony of dogs fights to survive living on, well, trash.
Rex: I don’t think I can stomach anymore of this garbage.
Boss: The same here.
Duke: Words out of my mouth.
When a boy named Atari Kobayashi (mayor’s orphaned nephew) comes to the Island to look for his lost dog, Spots, a group of mutts is there to greet him and after a bit of persuasion, help him find his bellowed pooch by going on a search to other, more dangerous parts, of the island.
felix can’t find his collar. did anyone snatch it by mistake? pic.twitter.com/TaU8K4CAuq
— Isle of Dogs (@isleofdogsmovie) February 19, 2018
[after landing in Trash Island, Atari shows the photo of his dog, Spot, to the pack of dogs]
Rex: We get the idea. You’re looking for your lost dog, Spots.
[to the other dogs]
Rex: Does anybody know him?
Pack of Dogs: No.
A-List Cast, and Beyond
Wes Anderson, the director of Isle of Dogs, managed to assemble an unbelievably talented cast to give voices to his animated characters.
One of the Hollywood’s favorites, Bryan Cranston, gives voice to the scarred and wise leader, Chief. Chief is portrayed to have a strong personality and ultimately, it is his decision whether the group will help the boy look for his dog. Cranston’s somber voice brings Chief to life in a perfect manner.
Chief: Nobody’s giving up around here, and don’t you forget it, ever. You’re Rex. You’re King. You’re Duke. You’re Boss! I’m Chief. We’re a pack of scary indestructible alpha dogs.
Edward Norton and Bill Murray, who often cooperate with Wes Anderson, are voicing Rex and Boss, respectively. The group of gossiping mutts is completed by Duke (Jeff Goldblum) and King (Bob Balaban). Ready for the adventure of their lifetime, this pack bravely accompanies Atari (Koyu Rankin) on his quest to find his buddy, Spots (Live Schreiber).
Rex: To the north, a long, rickety causeway over a noxious sludge marsh leading to a radioactive landfill polluted by toxic chemical garbage. That’s our destination.
Duke: Got it.
Rex: Get ready to jump.
Of course, this fearsome pack is not alone. There are other, equally silly and funny dogs on the island, like the lovely and smart Nutmeg (Scarlet Johansson), the Oracle pug voiced by Tilda Swinton, as well as Jupiter, voiced by the Oscar-winning actor F. Murray Abraham.
Nutmeg: Will you help him, the little pilot?
Chief: Why should I?
Nutmeg: Because he’s a twelve-year-old boy, dogs love those.
While our heroes look for Spots, there is a subplot revolving around American exchange student Tracy (Greta Gerwig) and her fight to persuade her Japanese peers to stand up to the mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura) and his dictatorship. She is helped by a research scientist Yoko Ono, voiced by, you guessed it, Yoko Ono.
Tracy Walker: Atari Kobayashi, you heroically hijacked a Junior-Turbo Prop XJ750 and flew it to the island because of your dog. Darn it, I’ve got a crush on you.
Anderson and Japan
Wes Anderson, both in thematical and visual sense, pays his respect to the Japanese pop culture, as well as traditional Japanese art. Isle of Dogs is clearly influenced by Kurosawa’s epics and it is visually close to contemporary Japanese animation.
Anderson also toys with linguistics by letting the Japanese dialogue go untranslated, while dogs speak in the English language.
[as Atari is speaking to them in Japanese]
Chief: I wish somebody spoke his language.
In the end, Isle of Dogs is truly a piece of art that you shouldn’t miss, especially if you like looking at breathtaking landscapes created by the visual master like Wes Anderson. And, of course, if you like dogs and their shenanigans.