The film begins after the prologue, “Before the age of the obedience”, the action scene of a Japanese myth-story, fast-forwards to 20 years in the future. In response to outbreaks of snout fever and canine flu, dog-hating Mayor Kobayashi banishes the mutts of Megasaki City to Trash Island, starting with his own household’s loyal Spots. Heartbroken by the loss of his best friend, Kobayashi’s 12 YO young ward Atari (Koyu Rankin) flies to this ‘Junkyard Island’, where he encounters a pack of scary, indestructible 5 alpha dogs whose motto is, “Let’s take a vote!”
In his search for Spots, Atari is variously aided by the gossipy Duke (Jeff Goldblum), former Doggy Chop celeb King (Bob Balaban), sports mascot Boss (Bill Murray), plucky Rex (Edward Norton) and misunderstood stray Chief (Bryan Cranston). Not to forget, Scarlett Johansson’s voice in the form of a show dog Nutmeg (Chief’s love-interest) only adds up to the flavour of the whole story.
The Isle of Dogs retains a soft, slapstick heart throughout the film. Wes Anderson’s team of animators kept things admirably physical with cotton-wool clouds and cellophane rivers. Images on TV screens were rendered as old-school, hand-drawn cartoons, but somehow, this stop-motion animation did not feel boring even for a minute!
While all barks are translated into English, the human language, much of it Japanese, is largely unsubtitled. “You don’t understand the words, but you understand the emotion.” Anderson rightly said in one interview.
Hence, we give Isle of Doge 3 stars just for the emotion of the movie and its engaging storyline. It had too much to showcase but Anderson did it with ease. Our suggestion, don’t give this stop animation of cute doggos a miss!
The film begins after the prologue, “Before the age of the obedience”, the action scene of a Japanese myth-story, fast-forwards to 20 years in the...3.0