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Who Wants to Win Some Free ‘Isle of Dogs’ Limited Edition Action Figures?

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: I absolutely loved Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. As a huge fan of his first stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, I wasn’t sure he could top such a special film — but I’m pleased to report he did. And while I loved everything about Isle of Dogs, I have to give a special shout out to the production design and level of detail in every shot. It’s like Anderson took what he did in Fantastic Mr. Fox and amplified it by a factor of …
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Bryan Cranston on ‘Isle of Dogs’, Working with Wes Anderson, and Being “The One Who Bites”

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: I absolutely loved Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. As a huge fan of his first stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, I wasn’t sure he could top such a special film — but I’m pleased to report he did. And while I loved everything about Isle of Dogs, I have to give a special shout out to the production design and level of detail in every shot. It’s like Anderson took what he did in Fantastic Mr. Fox and amplified it by ten. Trust me, …
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Watch: Tour the Stop-Motion Sets from ‘Isle of Dogs’ at the London Pop Up Exhibit

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: I absolutely loved Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. As a huge fan of his first stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, I wasn’t sure he could top such a special film — but I’m pleased to report he did. And while I loved everything about Isle of Dogs, I have to give a special shout out to the production design and level of detail in every shot. It’s like Anderson took what he did in Fantastic Mr. Fox and amplified it by ten. Trust me, …
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Liev Schreiber on ‘Isle of Dogs’, ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: I absolutely loved Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. As a huge fan of his first stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, I wasn’t sure he could top such a special film -- but I’m pleased to report he did. And while I loved everything about Isle of Dogs, I have to give a special shout out to the production design and level of detail in every shot. It’s like Anderson took what he did in Fantastic Mr. Fox and amplified it by ten. Isle of …
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The Secret Weapon on ‘Ready Player One’ and ‘Isle of Dogs’: Production Designer Adam Stockhausen

The Secret Weapon on ‘Ready Player One’ and  ‘Isle of Dogs’: Production Designer Adam Stockhausen
For Adam Stockhausen, it was a wild ride doing back-to-back world building on Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” and Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” It was not only the production designer’s first foray into stop-motion and CG animation, but he also got to incorporate a cornucopia of cinematic references: ’60s Japanese movies for Anderson, and ’80s classics for Spielberg.

However, while the analog-driven “Isle of Dogs” was low-tech with puppets and scaled sets, “Ready Player One” offered cutting-edge digital tech for the eye-popping Vr gaming world of Oasis. Yet both had to be built from scratch, piece by piece, and both started off with traditional sketching and concept art before intertwining with their respective animation and visual effects teams. The common denominator was: “How do we make this feel real?” said Stockhausen (who won the Oscar for Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” before entering Spielberg’s
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Movie Review – Isle of Dogs (2018)

Isle Of Dogs, 2018.

Directed By Wes Anderson

Featuring the voice talents of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Akira Ito, Ken Watanabe, Liev Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Kara Hayward, Roman Coppola, and Anjelica Huston

Synopsis:

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.

In such politically divided times, arguably the greatest accomplishment of Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson’s second foray into stop-motion animation having previously directed 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox) is his blunt foreign-policy allegory regarding refugees by using man’s best friend as stand-ins. Everyone in the world may not swoon over dogs, but at the very least it is quite the challenge to find someone that actively hates their presence. Who
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Review: Isle of Dogs (2018)

Twenty years in the future a “snout fever” outbreak in Japan has banished every sick dog across the country to “Trash Island” – a floating island of rubbish – and a young schoolboy Atari (Koyu Rankin) jets off to save his beloved pooch Spots (Liev Schreiber) in a whimsical and action packed stop-motion adventure.

Isle of Dogs is director Wes Anderson’s ninth film, and his second stop-motion feature, having brought to life Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Fantastic Mr. Fox, in his own idiosyncratic and utterly precise style of symmetrically infused Parisian cinema, bagging him an Oscar nomination for “Best Animated Feature” back in 2009. But this time around, Anderson has sailed East to Japan and crafted one of the most ambitious films of his career, along with his own travelling ensemble of film stars, character actors, and even a musical icon.

Bryan Cranston is Chief – a stray dog with
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Isle of Dogs Review

Did you hear the rumour about Wes Anderson taking another stab at making a stop-motion animated film despite the disappointing box-office returns of 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox? Well it’s rumour no more as the eclectic director has pulled it off once more and has delivered a miraculous film that brings all of his eccentricities into a tale of one boy and his dog.

Yes, man’s best friend is the subject of his latest endeavour which sees canines outlawed in Japan as fear grips the nation. All dogs are rounded up and sent off to an island off the coast, one usually utilised for the disposal of the mountains of waste from the surroundings vicinity. Atari (Rankin), devastated at being separated from his beloved friend Spots (voiced by Liev Schreiber) sets off to find him amongst the rubble with the help of a ragtag group of dogs, including Chief
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Film Review: Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ is Inventive Delight

Chicago – Fans of director Wes Anderson will find plenty to love in his second stop motion animated feature (after “Fantastic Mr. Fox”), entitled “Isle Of Dogs.” It’s an immersive and intricately detailed story set in Japan, and features a dizzying array of visual gags, along with Anderson’s trademark whimsy.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Anderson’s style has become a genre unto itself at this point, but that doesn’t mean he’s been making the same movie over and over again… “Isle Of Dogs” finds a way to refine and open up new avenues for the director to explore. The action takes place in the fictional Japanese metropolis of Megasaki. The Mayor (voice of Kunichi Nomura) belongs to a long line of cat fanciers. So he has banned all dogs from the city because of a case of “snout fever” and doggy flu, and they’re exiled on a giant garbage dump called “trash island.
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How Do You Solve a Problem Like 'Isle of Dogs'?

How Do You Solve a Problem Like 'Isle of Dogs'?
When you see Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, which opened in a limited run and will go wide this weekend, you will undoubtedly be bowled over by the sheer imagination and technical chops on display. You will thrill to the extraordinary stop-motion animation – the director's first return to the form since his 2009 near-masterpiece Fantastic Mr. Fox – which not only makes sure each strand of fur seems tactile but lets you see the soul behind its canine characters' eyes. You may shudder at the way the movie portrays a futuristic dystopia in which,
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Prances to Top Screen Average of 2018

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Prances to Top Screen Average of 2018
The debut of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” led the pack at the indie box office this weekend.

Fox Searchlight’s stop-motion animated film opened with $1.57 million in just 27 locations. That equates to an average of $58,148 per screen, making it one of the top openings in recent years of a film with over 25 locations and the highest screen average of the year to date.

Created and directed by Anderson and written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura, the ensemble voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, and Bob Balaban. Set in a dystopian futuristic Japan, the film follows a young boy who goes searching for his dog after all of the species are quarantined on a remote island due to a canine flu.

Isle of Dogs” opened to critical praise, receiving an A from Cinemascore, as well as currently averaging a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Every Film By Wes Anderson Wrapped Up in a Single Honest Trailer

Wes Anderson is one of my favorite filmmakers. I enjoyed the guy's sense of humor and his filmmaking style. I know his film's aren't for everyone, but they bring my happiness and entertainment. Now the Screen Junkies is here to make fun of his films in their recent episode of Honest Trailer thanks to the release of his new film Isle of Dogs.

This one Honest Trailer encompasses all of Wes Anderson's films including Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. FoxThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Darjeeling Limited,  and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Before you see the latest animated feature from your barista's favorite director, relive his meticulous works from the past that made you kind of happy, kind of sad, and kind of unsure

What is your favorite Wes Anderson movie? For me... it's Rushmore.
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Wes Anderson movies: All 9 films ranked from worst to best include ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’…

Wes Anderson movies: All 9 films ranked from worst to best include ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’…
Wes Anderson has never won an Oscar, much to the consternation of many indie film lovers. With six career nominations to his credit, he’s certainly a chief member of the Overdue Auteurs Club. But he could cash in that awards Iou with “Isle of Dogs,” an animated fantasy about a future where Japan has banished pups to a remote island to combat a strain of canine flu. It opens on Friday, March 23. Could the academy finally reward him with a Best Animated Feature win? And how does this latest effort compare to the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of all nine of Anderson’s films ranked from worst to best.

Anderson made his directorial debut with “Bottle Rocket” (1996), released when he was just 27-years-old. He received his first Oscar nomination five years later: Best Original Screenplay for “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001). He followed that eight
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Jeff Goldblum on ‘Isle of Dogs’, Wes Anderson, and If He’s Conscious of Having “Goldblum-isms”

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: I absolutely loved Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. As a huge fan of his first stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, I wasn’t sure he could top such a special film, but I’m pleased to report he did. And while I loved everything about Isle of Dogs, I have to give a special shout out to the production design and level of detail in every shot. It’s like Anderson took what he did in Fantastic Mr. Fox and said, “Okay, this was good, but …
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‘Isle of Dogs’ reviews: Wes Anderson’s latest is ‘stunning,’ ‘inventive’ & ‘otherworldly,’ but is it culturally sensitive?

‘Isle of Dogs’ reviews: Wes Anderson’s latest is ‘stunning,’ ‘inventive’ & ‘otherworldly,’ but is it culturally sensitive?
Isle of Dogs,” which opened on March 23, is the ninth feature film directed by indie film darling Wes Anderson, but it’s only his second foray into animation. He previously ventured into stop-motion filmmaking with another film about wry animals: “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), which was based on the book by Roald Dahl and earned Anderson an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. That was one of six Oscar noms Anderson has earned over the course of his career so far, but he has yet to prevail. Will this film finally win him best in show?

As of this writing the film has received an excellent MetaCritic score of 83 and 93% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes, so he’s showing no signs of falling out of favor with critics. Telling an idiosyncratic story about the title animals who have been exiled from Japan due to “canine flu,” Anderson is receiving praise for his
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'Isle of Dogs': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

'Isle of Dogs': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character
From the director of the Oscar-nominated film Fantastic Mr. Fox comes Isle of Dogs. The animated film is set in Japan 20 years in the future after a canine flu outbreak, which prompts the relocation of all dogs to a garbage dump known as Trash Island.

The movie opens with a prologue that shows how wild dogs became domesticated over time to serve as household pets. But when the cat-loving Kobayashi dynasty sets off a citywide alarm about an outbreak of "snout fever," or dog flu, all pooches are ordered to be quarantined before the disease can infect humans.

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Listen to Alexandre Desplat’s Full Score for Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’

It’s the opening day of a new Wes Anderson movie, which also means we get a wonderful new score (and at least one well-curated ’60s pop song). A reunion with Alexandre Desplat, coming off of his Oscar winner, his score for Isle of Dogs is an epic, thrilling soundscape, complete with taiko drumming courtesy of Kaoru Watanabe, and it’s now available to stream. Aside from Desplat & company’s contributions, there’s also West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band’s “I Won’t Hurt You,” which plays multiple times in the film and will certainly be on repeat for the next many months.

“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,” Rory O’Connor said in his review.
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‘Isle of Dogs’: How Team Wes Anderson Created a Stop-Motion Love Letter to Japanese Cinema

‘Isle of Dogs’: How Team Wes Anderson Created a Stop-Motion Love Letter to Japanese Cinema
For “Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson created an epic love letter to Japanese cinema of the ’60s wrapped in a canine buddy movie. And like “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” the quirky, detail-oriented director once again embraced the old-school roots of stop-motion animation, luxuriating in its crude, analog charms (the antithesis of Laika’s acclaimed polish).

Isle of Dogs” was conceived by Anderson and his screenwriting collaborators (Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura) as a pack of alpha dogs exiled to a garbage-dump as a result of a political conspiracy in Japan. So they cross-bred the urban milieu of Kurosawa’s “High and Low” with the tech surroundings of “Godzilla.”

The adventure they fashioned involved 12-year-old Atari (Koyu Rankin) and intrepid teenage reporter Tracy (Greta Gerwig) taking on corrupt and intolerant Mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura), and rescuing their city and the dogs (voiced by Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Bill Murray,
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‘Isle of Dogs’ Film Review: Wes Anderson’s Fetching Animated Tale Features His Pet Obsessions

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‘Isle of Dogs’ Film Review: Wes Anderson’s Fetching Animated Tale Features His Pet Obsessions
In Wes Anderson’s dazzlingly but also puzzlingly realized (more on that in a moment) “Isle of Dogs,” a dystopian fable pitting man’s best friends against its worst fiends in a futuristic Japan, the writer-director proves again that in his hands, a bedtime story is more likely to be an over-stimulant than a narcotic. When humans first met canines, each fortuitously emboldened a change in the other, and the same could be said for Anderson regarding stop-motion animation: cinema’s premier dioramist could finally go as micro-controlling as needed and still turn out his freest, most lovable work (2009’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox”),...
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Wes Anderson movies: All 9 films ranked from worst to best

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Wes Anderson movies: All 9 films ranked from worst to best
Wes Anderson has never won an Oscar, much to the consternation of many indie film lovers. With six career nominations to his credit, he’s certainly a chief member of the Overdue Auteurs Club. But he could cash in that awards Iou with “Isle of Dogs,” an animated fantasy about a future where Japan has banished pups to a remote island to combat a strain of canine flu. It opens on Friday, March 23. Could the academy finally reward him with a Best Animated Feature win? And how does this latest effort compare to the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of all nine of Anderson’s films ranked from worst to best.

Anderson made his directorial debut with “Bottle Rocket” (1996), released when he was just 27-years-old. He received his first Oscar nomination five years later: Best Original Screenplay for “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001). He followed that eight
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