Japan in the near future. An outbreak of a canine flu leads the authorities to capture and exile all dogs to Trash Island, out of fear the disease will prove transmissible to humans. 12 year-old Atari Kobayashi flies to Trash Island in search of his lost dog Spots and garners the assistance of a pack of abandoned hounds. Wes Anderson's most recent picture is a beautiful homage to Japanese culture, the whimsical art of stop-motion and all dog-kind - catch it again on the big screen as part of our Best of 2018 season.
I watched Isle of Dogs at the Tyneside’s Bringing in Baby screening, a service that makes me lucky because it means that even parents with 17-week olds can see the latest cult releases, but it does mean I probably only managed to concentrate on 80% of what was going on. This film is so drenched in tiny details that I know I missed a lot but at least I get to enjoy it for the first time all over again… which is great, because I absolutely loved it!
Set in a near-future, fantasy version of Japan riddled with anti-canine sentiment and corrupt politicians who all obviously love a feline. Portrayed in the same style of stop animation that brought Fantastic Mr Fox to life, Isle of Dogs is visually stunning even though it is set in a landscape of garbage and fleas.
A muttley crew of completely loveable characters with their chewed ears and wistful memories of puppy snap biscuits. Visual jokes – honestly, I’ve never laughed at cotton wool before – entwined with sharp dialogue make for a fast-paced romp while flashbacks and jumps back to the mainland help create a jigsaw style narrative that means you never have chance to get bored.
BBFC Advice: Contains mild threat, violence, language.
Running Time: 1h 41min
BBFC Advice: PG
Director(s): Wes Anderson
Country of Origin: America
Year of release: 2018
Language(s): English and Japanese
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