Writer and director Wes Anderson hosted a competition for someone to be a member of the voice cast for this film. The only requirement was that they donated ten dollars or more to the Film Foundation, a non-profit founded by Martin Scorsese, which specializes in the preservation and restoration of film around the world.
The title "Isle of Dogs" is a play on words. Said quickly and fluidly it sounds like "I love dogs." However, the play on words only works in English and loses that meaning in the Japanese pronunciation of the kanji, "Inu ga shima."
-The film opened the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where Anderson was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director, and was given a limited release in the United States on March 23, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
As of 2018, since his debut film Bottle Rocket (1996), director Wes Anderson had used one cinematographer for his live-action films (Robert D. Yeoman), and one for his stop-motion films (Tristan Oliver).
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The scene in which Chief is given a bath and comes out with a completely different appearance is an homage to the picture book "Harry The Dirty Dog", in which children "find" their lost dog by giving a bath to what they think is a stray. Chief even has similar markings to Harry.