Isle of Dogs

A film by Wes Ander­son. In eng­lish with ger­man sub­tit­les (and some japa­ne­se that no dog can under­stand).

Isle of Dogs tells the sto­ry 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.
After Fan­tastic Mr. Fox, this new work marks Wes Anderson’s second ani­ma­ti­on film. Once again, the direc­tor has crea­ted a meti­cu­lous­ly detail­ed uni­ver­se that func­tions accord­ing to its own uni­que rea­li­ties and laws. But even when wicked vil­lains appe­ar and bru­tal­ly hunt down the four-leg­ged fri­ends, the film remains essen­ti­al­ly a fab­le. Mira­cu­lous­ly, we are able to under­stand the ani­mals, whilst almost ever­ything the humans say is trans­la­ted for us. Ata­ri and his quir­ky cani­ne com­pa­n­ions King, Duke, Rex, Boss and Chief con­front us with tho­se most quint­essen­ti­al of ques­ti­ons that con­cern us all, name­ly: ‘Who are we? And who do we want to be?’

Credits
USA 2018, 101 Min., engl. japan. OmU

Regie & Buch: Wes Ander­son
Kame­ra: Tris­tan Oli­ver
Ani­ma­ti­on: Mark Waring
Mon­ta­ge: Andrew Weis­blum

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