“Isle of Dogs” – A Stop Motion Canine Dystopia

In an endless sea of reboots, remakes and adaptations, it is refreshing when a film comes along that feels so entirely new. Such is the case with upcoming Wes Anderson flick Isle of Dogs, the trailer for which released yesterday. The stop motion film is set 20 years in the future, in a Dystopic vision of Japan where dogs have become overbred to epidemic proportions. When dog flu sweeps the small country, the animals are quarantined to a garbage island off the coast of Japan. A small Japanese boy named Kobayashi pilots himself to the island in order to search for his missing dog Spots, embarking upon a perilous adventure under the guidance of characters voiced by the likes of Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson.

We hope that films like Kubo and the Two Strings and Isle of Dogs mark the beginning of a resurgence in stop motion animation. The film looks to be equal parts heart-wrenching and heart-warming; you can view it in theaters March 2018.

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