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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.

"So lush with gorgeous detail it’s like a piece of highly-textured haute couture, there’s also a sharp social message behind the elaborate seams. "
- Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
"The staggeringly well-crafted Isle of Dogs is nothing if not Anderson’s most imaginative film to date."
- David Ehrlich, Indiewire
"The film is packed with laugh-out-loud moments, full of deadpan observations – a quintessential Anderson touch – and exciting sequences. "
- Martyn Conterio, CineVue
"This is by some measure Anderson’s weirdest concoction ever, in all sorts of good ways. And it probably counts as his most daring, too. "
- Tim Robey, The Telegraph
"While Isle of Dogs is basically a fizzy, ornately mounted assembly of quirks and barks, the sheer artistry displayed—in everything from Alexandre Desplat’s taiko drum score to the occasional bits of stunning 2-D animation—is so expertly accomplished, and so clearly fueled by love, that you can’t help but grin. "
- Ben Croll, Vanity Fair
"One does not necessarily have to be fond of canines in order to love Isle of Dogs, but it helps. It may also help to have a fondness for the meticulous craft of stop-motion animation itself or, even more interestingly perhaps, for Japanese cinema. It is a delightful, exquisitely-detailed production. "
- Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage


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