Ever since I first saw Bottle Rocket (and subsequently interviewed him and the Wilson brothers at the Rendezvous) 22 years ago this month, I have had the impression that a huge part of Wes Anderson's motivation for making films was to delight me, specifically—a mission he has never failed to carry out beautifully. (Yes, even the train one.)
Turns out I'm not the only one who got that sense from his movies, which is lucky for him, and us. But this new shit? This Isle of Dogs motherfucker? (Sorry, I just read that Quincy Jones interview.) It's like Wes Anderson has been reading my mail.
The story follows the adventures of "Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture."
He has said it will combine the influences of Akira Kurosawa and Rankin/Bass.
The voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, and Yoko Ono.
A short (but v. promising) clip from the film was posted today. Though this news will be unlikely to trouble my dog-hating Stranger colleagues—like the one who wrote this, or this, or, indeed, this—it's very exciting for me, for the broader community of people who haven't yet succumbed to the social pressure of pretending they don't love Anderson's films, and to lovers of stop-motion animation. And dognity. Always dognity.
The clip is below:
And here's the trailer, in case you missed it: