Wes Anderson (story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura
The director apparently got the idea for the film when, in London, he saw a sign to “Isle of Dogs” which is, for those who don’t know, an area in the East End.
Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Live Schreiber
When there is an outbreak of canine flu in the city of Megasaki, the mayor outlaws all the dogs to “Trash Island”, starting with his ward’s guard dog, Spots. After six months the ward, a twelve year old boy, arrives on the island in a stolen aircraft to search for his dog. He is helped by a group of friendly canines, but meanwhile the mayor has evil plans to dispose of a scientist who can cure the disease, and may intend deal with the dogs once and for all.
The dogs exhibit a variety of canine (and possibly human) characterisitics, the mayor makes speeches and plots against the scientist, the search on the island, sometimes by a sort of cable car, takes place. At various junctures humans with nets and robot dogs confront the group. An American exchange student is on the case. There is a bit of sexual innuendo between male and female dogs.
I found myself thinking about Wallace and Gromet, and the delightfully simple joke that Wallace is stupid and Gromet is smart, even though he never says anything. These dogs have a lot to say, and even though we are in Japan, they speak American. It seems that I am at one with the critics from New Zealand,who almost uniquely did not like it much. It is billed as a comedy but I did not laugh. I suppose if you like Wes Anderson stuff you know what you are getting.