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Isle of Dogs

  • Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray
  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 101 min.

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.

"A movie whose every image is a miniature triumph of imagination and execution."
- A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"The film is not only hilariously entertaining, but also firmly in the tradition of such political parables as George Orwell’s 'Animal Farm.'"
- Calvin Wilson, St Louis Post
"Wes Anderson's stop-motion canine fairy tale-with a timely political subtext-is a triumph of pure imagination. Expect to wag your metaphorical tail in delight."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This Fox Searchlight release is an admirably ambitious film, one whose appreciation for its mishmash of genres ultimately proves infectious and winning."
- Brian Lowry,
"The unique charm of Isle of Dogs is its bottomless vault of curios, its sly humor, playful graphic inserts and dexterous narrative detours. "
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"This one follows its own goofy rules, fills the screen with astonishing images, tells a touching tale of outcast dogs and a faithful boy, and does so with ultralively deadpan wit. My only regret after seeing it at a screening was that I couldn’t stay and see it again. "
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"One of Wes Anderson’s best movies, an imaginative and amusing travelogue through incredible settings, populated by wonderful characters, with a lot of heart and even a little insight. You can feel the love radiating off of this movie, like a hug from your own beloved pet."
- William Bibbiani, IGN
"It is beautiful, lyrical, tragic, redemptive, and focused down to the last tick on a dog’s nose. His animated characters have all the grace, quirk, and charm of any live-action performance. "
- Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle
"While Isle of Dogs can be enjoyed simply for its surface pleasures -- its unique story, its singular voice and its gorgeous animation -- there are elements there that will appeal to those who want to dig deeper. That includes an argument in favor of an aggressive and adversarial press, as well as a fairly glaring distrust of government. "
- Mike Scott, New Orleans Times