Isle of Dogs (film)

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Isle of Dogs
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wes Anderson
Produced by
Screenplay by Wes Anderson
Story by
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Tristan Oliver
Edited by
  • Ralph Foster
  • Edward Bursch
  • Indian Paintbrush
  • American Empirical Pictures
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15) (Berlinale)
  • March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Isle of Dogs is a 2018 American stop-motion animated film written and directed by Wes Anderson, produced by Indian Paintbrush and Anderson's American Empirical Pictures. It features an ensemble voice cast, including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Bob Balaban. It was the opening film of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. The film will be released in the United States on March 23, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.


In a dystopian future Japan, dogs have been quarantined on a remote island due to a "canine flu". A boy, Atari, ventures to the island to find his dog, Spots. Other dogs—Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King—help him search for Spots and evade the authorities.[1][2]




Isle of Dogs press conference at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival

In October 2015, Anderson, who previously directed the animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox, announced he would be returning to animation with "a film about dogs"[6] with Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston and Bob Balaban starring.[7][8] Anderson said that the film was strongly influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa, as well as the stop-motion animated holiday specials made by Rankin/Bass Productions.[9]


Production began in October 2016 in England.[10][11]


On December 23, 2016, Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film, with plans for a 2018 release,[12][13] the film premiered as the opening film of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2018 and had its North American premiere to close the 25th annual SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas at the Paramount Theatre on March 17, 2018.[14] It is set to be released on March 23, 2018.[15] A trailer was released on September 21, 2017.[16]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 96% based on 46 reviews, and an average rating of 8.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories."[17] Metacritic assigned a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[18]


At the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Wes Anderson won the Silver Bear for Best Director.[19][20]


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  2. ^ Mercer, Pete (April 25, 2017). "Wes Anderson's New Film Isle of Dogs Has a Release Date and a Stunning New Poster". Paste. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Isle of Dogs (2018)". BFI. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c "Berlinale Programme - Isle of Dogs". Retrieved February 23, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Isle of Dogs official website". Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Wes Anderson to Direct Stop-Motion Animated Film About Dogs". October 12, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Perez, Rodrigo. "Wes Anderson's Next Movie Is A Stop-Motion Animated Film About Dogs; May Also Do An Anthology Movie". The Playlist. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  9. ^ Sharf, Zach (March 13, 2017). "Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' is Inspired By Akira Kurosawa and Christmas Television Specials". Indie Wire. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  10. ^ Cabin, Chris (October 27, 2016). "Wes Anderson Confirms His Stop-Motion Animated Dog Movie Is In Production". Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ Hayes, Britt (October 27, 2016). "Wes Anderson Is Currently Filming His New Stop-Motion Animated Movie About Dogs". Screen Crush. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (December 22, 2016). "Fox Searchlight Takes World Rights On Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs'". Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  13. ^ Grater, Tom (December 22, 2016). "Fox Searchlight takes world rights to Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs'". Screen International. Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ "SXSW: Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' to Close Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  15. ^ M. Smith, Nigel (April 25, 2017). "Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' Gets Release Date, Poster (Photo)". The Wrap. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ Isle of Dogs Trailer #1 on YouTube
  17. ^ "Isle of Dogs (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Isle of Dogs Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Berlin Festival Awards: 'Touch Me Not' Wins Golden Bear for Best Film". Variety. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  20. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 24, 2018). "Berlin Film Festival Winners: 'Touch Me Not' Is Golden Bear; Wes Anderson Takes Best Director For 'Isle Of Dogs' – Full List". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 

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