Isle of Dogs: What You Need To Know
A new stop-motion animation from the man behind films such as The Royal Tenenbaums and Grand Budapest Hotel made its debut on cinema screens earlier this year with an all-star cast and a charming story which pitches a group of canines against the corrupt mayor of a Japanese city.
Isle of Dogs arrives in stores on Monday (August 6th), here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
The film's impressive voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber and Yoko Ono, among many others.
And who's directing?
King of pastel-coloured symmetry Wes Anderson is the man in the director's chair.
What's the plot?
Set in a dystopian near-future Japan, the story revolves around an outbreak of canine influenza which threatens to spread to the human population. A scientist named Professor Watanabe (Akira Ito) is working on a vaccine that will prevent this from happening, but before he can complete his work the mayor of Megasaki City, Mayor Koboyashi (Kunichi Nomura), issues an executive order banning all dogs from the city and banishing them to Trash Island, a giant open-air landfill site isolated from the mainland.
One of the first to be exiled to the island is a dog named Spots (Schreiber), who happens to belong to the Mayor's nephew, Atari Koboyashi (Koyu Rankin). Six months after the dogs are banished, Atari steals a plane and travels to Trash Island in order to try and find Spots. There he meets a pack of dogs led by a stray named Chief (Cranston) and although he is reluctant to fraternise with a human, he and the pack agree to help Atari find his dog. Mayor Koboyashi tells the public that Atari has been kidnapped by the dogs and vows to kill those responsible.
On their journey Atari and Chief become separated from the pack and soon find themselves pursued by a group of men sent by Mayor Koboyashi to find Atari and bring him back to the city. They manage to evade capture with the help of a cannibal tribe of dogs that live on the island.
Meanwhile, back in Megasaki City, Professor Watanabe is placed under house arrest for criticising the Mayor, where he soon meets his untimely death as the result of poisoned wasabe in his sushi. An American exchange student named Tracey suspects foul play in the Professor's death and begins to investigate. Her suspicions about Watanabe's death are confirmed by his former assistant Yoko Ono, who hands Tracey the last remaining vial of the influenza cure Watanabe completed before his death. Tracey then plans to confront Koboyashi with the evidence at the upcoming mayoral election.
Does it deliver?
If you're a Wes Anderson fan then there's every chance you'll love his new stop-motion adventure. Funny, heartwarming and as beautifully presented as you'd expect from a Wes Anderson movie, Isle of Dogs boasts a fantastic all-star cast and delivers one of his most enjoyable movies to date.
Isle of Dogs is available in hmv stores from Monday August 6th, you can also find it here in our online store...