The first trailer for the much-hyped Wes Anderson stop animation film Isle of Dogs just debuted. And if you ever wondered, What would a sci-fi stop-animation epic about exiled dogs and an 11-year-old boy look like? The answer is pretty damn great.
The film, which is set in a Japan 20 years in the future, begins after the Mayor of Nagasaki bans all dogs to a trash island following a massive dog overpopulation issue and an outbreak of the dog flu. A young 12-year-old boy by the name of Atari hijacks a turbo-prop to go to the Isle of Dogs to find his own dog, Spots. There he’s met by five misfits — Rex, King, Duke, Boss, and Chief — described by Chief (voiced by Bryan Cranston) as a pack of “scary, indestructible alpha dogs.” When they meet young Atari, they vow to help him find Spots, who may have been imprisoned on the island. Their adventure will take them to fight robot-dogs and bureaucratic middlemen, all while bust down the boundaries of stop-animatio.
Frequent Wes-Anderson-collaborator, Bill Murray, plays Boss. And although we don’t see much of him in the trailer, it’s great to hear that voice coming out of an animated character that isn’t a CGI lasagna scarfer. Other A-listers make up the cast, including Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Edward Norton, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, and about a dozen more. Beyond it’s star-studded line-up, the film looks to be a stop-animation stunner, with shades of Wes Anderson’s previous animated hit, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. That film, in case you’re wondering, rocked. Hard.
The fluff (and trash) filled adventure is opening in theatres on March 23, 2018.