arts • 25 Sep, 2017
Wes Anderson’s New Film Is Called ‘Isle Of Dogs’
A Trailer And Release Date For The Kurosawa-Influenced Stop-Motion Animation About A Lost Dog
Any new Wes Anderson project has our full attention (even if it’s just a Christmas ad for H&M). And the director’s new film Isle of Dogs is no exception.
The movie’s style is a return to the animation techniques used to make 2009’s Fantastic Mr Fox. And it’s Anderson’s first feature since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Instead of focusing on that he told a Masterclass for ArteTV earlier this year that, “The new film is really less influenced by stop-motion movies than it is by Akira Kurosawa.” The master Japanese stylist and storyteller has always been a Wes Anderson influence (just check those classic scene transition ‘wipes’). But this hint means we’re expecting a more epic, adult-oriented script about a boy’s search for his lost pet dog on an island where the pooches have been expelled to due to an epidemic of ‘dog flu’.
Another inspiration for the return to animation, Anderson said, was Rankin/Bass, a production company who made animations, often about seasonal stories, like 1974’s seasonal stop-motion TV special A Year Without Santa Claus.
Influences aside, we’re relieved to also add that Bill Murray will be back (in voice only, obviously) along with Edward Norton in the ‘lead’ as Rex, and Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Greta Gerwig and more. This intricate type of animation takes time to finish. So the film won’t be released until the end of March 2018. But the trailer is out and we have it just for you right here.
Words by David Kaye