It's an event every time Wes Anderson decides on a new project, which means that the trailer for said project stops traffic dead in its tracks. Prepare for Isle Of Dogs, Anderson's latest venture into the world of stop-motion animation, to do just that. The trailer has been released, and you can see it in its full majesty below.
In Isle of Dogs, our protagonist is Atari Kobayashi: a young boy with piloting skills and a can-do attitude who makes a journey to the titular location for one sole purpose. You see, Atari's looking for his dog, who's been whisked away to Trash Island, the proper name for the Isle of Dogs, all because of a quarantine that has exiled all of the dogs of Atari's home of Megasaki City. Naturally, hijinks ensue, and with a cast of talking dogs with some very familiar voices (for those who know and love Wes Anderson's work).
Already in the trailer for Isle of Dogs, we hear the distinct vocal stylings of Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton -- all veterans of the Wes Anderson repertory cast. However, we do hear some newer additions, as Scarlett Johansson and Bryan Cranston are two of the newer voices to join the cast of luminaries lending their pipes to this latest flight of Andersonian whimsy.
From the first look we've been given above, Fox Searchlight's latest pairing with Wes Anderson certainly looks to be dead center of the wheelhouse for the auteur. And yet, there's a difference in this new film, as Isle of Dogs feels like both the most personal, and possibly the most political film that Anderson has ever done. But, of course, there's still a heaping helping of visual flair, and dryly comedic prowess, that helps the audience remember that this is the same man who brought us Fantastic Mr. Fox not too long ago.
Of course, the biggest disappointment when it comes to Isle of Dogs is the fact that we have to wait so long to see it. Slated to release next spring, we're still a couple months away from seeing these scrappy dogs, and their equally scrappy human counterpart, embark on an adventure of a lifetime. But thankfully, that wait is a little easier now, thanks to a fantastic trailer that'll keep us happy for the time being. At least, until another trailer finds its way into our eager paws.