Wes Anderson’s latest stop-motion film, Isle of Dogs, has finally released a trailer, ready for its March 2018 release on the big screen.
Stop-motion has been around since the beginning of cinematic history, and has been responsible for everything from visual effect pieces to full length-features. Even though it’s never been the most popular form of filmmaking, it manages to entice and captivate an audience resulting in the genre, receiving an avid fan base.
One man who embraces the stop motion genre is American film director, Wes Anderson, renowned for his distinctive visual and narrative style, seen in his academy award winning film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, back in 2014.
Anderson has recently released the first trailer for his latest stop-motion animation, Isle of Dogs, and immediately the title sets the tone of the movie, as it cleverly sounds like “I love dogs” when said out loud, a shrewd juxtaposition.
The film follows a young boy, Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin) in future Japan where cats seem to be the preferred pet of choice, as dogs have been banished to an island made of garbage, following the outbreak of dog flu. Atari, defying this new law, decides to embark on a long crusade to find his lost dog, Spots, and on the way meets five local dogs; Chief (Bryan Cranston), Rex (Edward Norton), Boss (Bill Murray), Duke (Jeff Goldblum) and King (Bob Balaban) who want to escape their isolated existence. A deal is made between dog and boy, and so ensues a chaotic, wild adventure of a boy in search for his best friend.
The film utilises the same stop-motion animation seen in Anderson’s Roald Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) and features a talented voice cast, including Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel and Yoko Ono.
Despite the film’s creativity and wit, it has already received criticism for its whitewashing because of its predominant casting of white actors for a story told in Japan, particularly towards Johansson (who played a Japanese protagonist in the remake of the Japanese anime, Ghost in the Shell) and Swinton (Cast as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, a Tibetan enchanter).
Isle of Dogs is set to hit the cinemas in March 2018.
Will you be watching it?
Text: Afua Aidoo
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