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Isle of Dogs (2018)

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Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director:

Wes Anderson

Writers:

Wes Anderson (story by), Roman Coppola (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Chief (voice)
Koyu Rankin ... Atari (voice)
Edward Norton ... Rex (voice)
Bob Balaban ... King (voice)
Jeff Goldblum ... Duke (voice)
Bill Murray ... Boss (voice)
Kunichi Nomura Kunichi Nomura ... Mayor Kobayashi (voice)
Akira Takayama ... Major-Domo (voice)
Greta Gerwig ... Tracy Walker (voice)
Frances McDormand ... Interpreter Nelson (voice)
Akira Ito ... Professor Watanabe (voice)
Scarlett Johansson ... Nutmeg (voice)
Harvey Keitel ... Gondo (voice)
F. Murray Abraham ... Jupiter (voice)
Yoko Ono ... Assistant-Scientist Yoko-ono (voice)
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Storyline

An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs... with many obstacles along the way. Written by Mike202

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isle of Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,615,269, 25 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,015,231, 30 August 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,790,396, 29 July 2018
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Edward Norton's third animated film after The Guardian Brothers (2016) and Sausage Party (2016). See more »

Goofs

Many of the signs contain incorrect or awkward Japanese, as though produced by an advanced (but non-native) speaker. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chief: Ten centuries ago, before the Age of Obedience, free dogs roamed at liberty, marking their territory. Seeking to extend its dominion, the cat-loving Kobayashi Dynasty declared war and descended in force upon the unwary four-legged beasts. On the eve of total canine annihilation, a child warrior sympathetic to the plight of the besieged underdog dogs, betrayed his species, beheaded the head of the head of the Kobayashi clan, and pledged his sword with the following battle-cry haiku....
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Credits are in both English and Japanese See more »

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Soundtracks

Kanbei & Katsushiro - Kikuchiyo's Mambo
(from Shichinin no samurai (1954))
Written by Fumio Hayasaka
Performed by Toho Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Toho Music Corporation
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A flash of absorbing and unconventional creativity
22 February 2018 | by edwardfdzzzSee all my reviews

Wes Anderson's the Isle of Dogs is a creatively made, character driven comedy story, with a melancholic and satirical undertone.

The animation, editing and sound design are the main brass here, and are used to great effect to communicate much of the story.

The Isle of Dogs is on the nose about its storytelling, obligatory moments such as flashbacks and story structure are highlighted as to get necessary information communicated as quickly as possible, so the film can get back to living in the moment, exploring its quirky characters and scenery. There is an air of self awareness about the story that, rather than disengaging, is used to draw the viewer more into the inherently ridiculous story. There is an artistry to suspending disbelief, and this is an endlessly creative way to get the audience to do so. To make them aware they're getting conventional information or that certain things are ridiculous plot details, even tropes, and highlighting such details to actually enhance the storytelling rather than distance the viewer. After a point you accept the strange pacing and rapid editing style as part of the universe of this film, and when you do , The Isle of Dogs is an audio-visual experience so cathartic you won't want it to end.


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