Stop-motion animation is a very taxing medium, but the pay off can be glorious if it is well-executed. Wes Anderson, the filmmaker known for quirky out of the box filmmaking, returns to stop-motion with Isle of Dogs. In the film, dogs are supposedly carriers of a disease and are all banished to a garbage dump known as Trash Island.
Now we are getting a closer look at how this film came to be from those who voice the characters in a newly released cast interviews featurette. The only thing is the cast is not speaking through their respective human forms, but through their cuddly canine characters. Quite a fun way to push a movie and get everyone interested. Check it out below.
Even the marketing has that snappy and witty dialogue that Anderson is known for. In it, we hear from the characters Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Bob Balaban, and Tilda Swinton play, all of whom are talking about their experience making the film as though they were real. And it’s too bad they aren’t because they give a convincing vocal performance.
Sometimes I wish more of these featurettes were as innovative as this. It’s definitely better than the compilation of snippets from the film where you just see the generic interview pieces – that are generally saved for the Blu-ray bonus features – and voice overs.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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 also stars Koyu Rankin, Harvey Keitel, Greta Gerwig, Yoko Ono, Ken Watanabe, Kunichi Nomura, Mari Katsuki, Fisher Stevens, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Nijiro Murakami, and Courtney B. Vance. Written and directed by Anderson, the film opens in limited theaters on March 23, 2018, and then expands nationwide on April 6, 2018.