Isle of Dogs
It’s a puppy puppet party at the Art! PUPPY TRIALS — a stop-motion animated short produced for the 2017 Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition — will precede all ISLE OF DOGS screenings. PUPPY TRIALS was written by Claire Hartman, a 3rd grade St. Joseph Grade School student and directed by Thomas & Becky Nicol.
Wes Anderson returns after a 4 year hiatus with stop-action animation, his usual quirky charm, and dogs. Lots and lots of dogs.
When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture (2018, Wes Anderson, US, 101 min, CC available, PG-13, DCP).
Isle of Dogs boils over, not just with kinesthetic fur, but with visual details, cinematic references, and, in a relatively new development for this filmmaker, topical political ideas. –Dana Stevens, Slate
The world is trash, and Wes Anderson is currently enjoying the hottest streak of his career. These things, it turns out, are not unrelated. The worse things get, the more fantastical Anderson’s films become; the more fantastical Anderson’s films become, the better their style articulates his underlying sincerity. Disorder fuels his imagination, and the staggeringly well-crafted “Isle of Dogs” is nothing if not Anderson’s most imaginative film to date. –David Ehrlich, IndieWire
The unique charm of Isle of Dogs is its bottomless vault of curios, its sly humor, playful graphic inserts and dexterous narrative detours. –David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Isle of Dogs dazzles with creativity and dry wit. Wes Anderson’s unique vision permeates every wonderful, artistic frame. –Julian Roman, MovieWeb