In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono.~Kaitlin Elise Miller
Courtney B. VanceNarrator
Greta GerwigTracy Walker
F. Murray AbrahamJupiter
Frank WoodSimul-Translate Machine
Yoko OnoYoko Ono-san
Jason SchwartzmanScreen Story
Kunichi NomuraScreen Story
Roman CoppolaScreen Story
Wes AndersonScreen Story
Alexandre DesplatComposer (Music Score)
Randall PosterMusical Direction/Supervision
Adam StockhausenProduction Designer
Curt EnderleArt Director
John PeetAssociate Producer
Charlie WoebckenExecutive Producer
Henning MolfenterExecutive Producer
Animal Picture,Children's Fantasy,Fantasy Comedy,Fantasy Drama
If you're a fan of Wes Anderson's grown-up cartoon "Fantastic Mr. Fox" or any of his quirky features ("The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Darjeeling Limited," "Moonrise Kingdom"), you probably already own this movie. There is a deadpan quality to Anderson's sense of humor that is captured vividly in the persona of Bill Murray, who is a veteran of Anderson's film canon and who is prominently featured in this gorgeous stop-motion animated tribute to the loyalty and resilience of dogs as "Boss," one of several abandoned canines living in exile on Trash Island in a dystopian Japan of the near-future (other dogs in the community are voiced by Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, and Scarlett Johansson). Plot details aren't really important here. What is? Anderson's unique ability to put an unusual spin on characters and situations to elicit both laughs and tears. Young kids will probably prefer "Paw Patrol," but that's okay. This one was made for us bigger kids.
I had no idea what this movie was about when I bought it, and this was probably one of the best movie buys I did in 2018.
This movie had a serious japanime/1984 feel to it. The storyline was very good, the animation top-notch, and it really kept my attention from beginning to end. I'm not going to go into the storyline to keep from putting out any spoilers. I will just say that it was nothing like I thought it would be, and after watching it I am glad.
I highly recommend it to anyone who likes stop-motion, anime, or dystopian animations.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
One of Wes Anderson's best
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
A great movie for anyone who has ever had a special bond with a dog. A good exploration of the importance of companionship and love in the midst of death and possible annihilation.
Heartbreaking in spots, heartwarming in others - but always insightful and witty. The stop-motion animation is great and Wes Anderson's eye for design and shot composition is top notch as always. Probably not the best choice for young kids, though. Highly recommended.
I admit a lot of bias here. I put Rushmore in my top ten all-time favorite movies with a strong lean towards Moonrise Kingdom. Where else are you going to find supporting actors (voices) all the way from the multi-talented Harvey Keitel to Yoko Ono? You will spend time trying to identify the voices you know you have heard on film and on television only to realize that, yes, that is Fisher Stevens from the Grand Budapest Hotel voicing Scrap. I enjoy Wes Anderson's work(?) from the perspective of a deep respect for finding actors who understand the little nuances of his films and are recognizable, but not one-note reusable characters.