The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s new movie, Isle of Dogs, is finally here and we’re already counting down the days until it’s released.
The movie is a stop-motion animation project, Wes Anderson’s second of the kind after his 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.
The movie is set in Japan in the near-future where an outbreak of “dog flu” forces the government to quarantine the entire dog population on a nearby island. The movie follows a young boy who attempts to track down and rescue his own dog with the help of a group of dogs on the island, while the Mayor attempts to stop him. Based on what we see in the trailer, Isle of Dogs promises to be an adventure story, full of laughs and excitement.
The trailer is loaded with the kind of intimate and whimsical design that we have come to expect from Anderson. The stop motion in the trailer is incredibly detailed, making it the kind of visual spectacle that Anderson is so good at creating.
The movie has an all-star cast that includes Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, and more.
Given that the cast is made up of almost entirely white actors, it’s concerning that Isle of Dogs may be white-washing some of its Japanese characters. However, there are several Japanese actors billed to appear in the film. Let’s hope that Anderson found real Japanese actors to play the Japanese characters.
Isle of Dogs is Wes Anderson’s first movie since his 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel. That movie earned nine Academy Award nominations and won four — including Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Production Design.
Isle of Dogs (which sounds a lot like “I love dogs” if you say it aloud slowly) hits theaters on March 23, 2018.