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?’

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

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


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