7 Quotes from the Isle of Dogs to Help You Get Ready for this Crazy and Beautiful Stop-Motion Adventure

Looking for the best Isle of the Dogs movie quotes? Check out 7 of our favorites, plus get a peek at the trailer and learn about the Isle of the Dogs cast!

Looking for the best Isle of the Dogs movie quotes? Check out 7 of our favorites, plus get a peek at the trailer and learn about the Isle of the Dogs cast!

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.

Quote 1:

Rex: I don’t think I can stomach anymore of this garbage.

King: Exactly.

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.

Quote 2:

[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.

Quote 3:

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).

Quote 4:

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.

Boss: Great.

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.

Quote 5:

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.

Quote 6:

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.

Quote 7:

[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.

Have you heard any other great Isle of Dogs movie quotes? Are you excited about this family flick? Tell us in the comments!

16 thoughts on “7 Quotes from the Isle of Dogs to Help You Get Ready for this Crazy and Beautiful Stop-Motion Adventure”

  1. This movie is a fantastic sleeper comedic masterpiece! Perfect actors and perfect dialog timing. A must add to your film collection! I love it!!!

  2. I saw the trailer for this in the theater and was honestly totally confused by it. It’s just a really different type of movie than we’ve seen, so I am curious how well it does in the box office. Seems interesting!

  3. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    Sounds like a great movie! I’m looking forward to checking it out with my kiddos we are huge dog lovers!

  4. I hadn’t heard of the Isle Of Dogs movie before reading this. It sounds like there are some great names in there to help provide character.

  5. This looks like such a fun movie and the quotes are all wonderful. I’m looking forward to taking the grandkids to see this one. It’s a family movie that we will all enjoy.

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