Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

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Wes Anderson

Writers:

Wes Anderson (story by), Roman Coppola (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Chief (voice)
Koyu Rankin ... Atari (voice)
Edward Norton ... Rex (voice)
Bob Balaban ... King (voice)
Jeff Goldblum ... Duke (voice)
Bill Murray ... Boss (voice)
Kunichi Nomura Kunichi Nomura ... Mayor Kobayashi (voice)
Akira Takayama Akira Takayama ... Major-Domo (voice)
Greta Gerwig ... Tracy Walker (voice)
Frances McDormand ... Interpreter Nelson (voice)
Akira Ito Akira Ito ... Professor Watanabe (voice)
Scarlett Johansson ... Nutmeg (voice)
Harvey Keitel ... Gondo (voice)
F. Murray Abraham ... Jupiter (voice)
Yoko Ono ... Assistant-Scientist Yoko-ono (voice)
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Storyline

An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs... with many obstacles along the way. Written by Mike202

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Bud Cort did a voice role for a scene that was cut out of the final film. It is rumored that he was going to be the voice of Fuzzball the former leader of Gondo's dog tribe and show his death on screen that would pay tribute to one of director Wes Anderson's favorite films Harold and Maude (1971). See more »

Goofs

When Rex, Boss, King, and Duke exit the trash compactor, they are shown to be covered in dirt and soot. However, when the shot changes to the point of view of the drone (looking down at the dogs), all four are completely clean. See more »

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[first lines]
Jupiter: Ten centuries ago, before the Age of Obedience, free dogs roamed at liberty, marking their territory. Seeking to extend its dominion, the cat-loving Kobayashi Dynasty declared war and descended in force upon the unwary four-legged beasts. On the eve of total canine annihilation, a child warrior sympathetic to the plight of the besieged underdog dogs, betrayed his species, beheaded the head of the head of the Kobayashi clan, and pledged his sword with the following battle-cry haiku....
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie Anjelica Huston, who is a long time collaborator with Wes Anderson, is credited as the "Mute Poodle". See more »

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Featured in The Month in Movies: March 2018 (2018) See more »

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I Won't Hurt You
Written by Robert Markley, Michael Lloyd, Shaun Harris
Performed by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Published by Alley Music Corporation c/o Carlin Music America (BMI), Trio Music Company (BMI) administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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7 July 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In the city of Megasaki, Japan, Mayor Kobayashi has banished all dogs to Trash Island fearing an outbreak of dog flu. Scientist Watanabe insists that he will soon have a cure but he is ignored. Atari Kobayashi flies to the island to search for his dog Spots. The boy is an orphan and is a ward of distant uncle Mayor Kobayashi. He is assisted by 5 dogs who voted to help him find Spots. Tough street dog Chief refuses to have a master and is the only to vote no. They go on a journey while the cat loving mayor is planning a final solution.

Director Wes Anderson returns to stop-motion animation after Fantastic Mr Fox. While I've loved his movies, his stop-motion stuff is problematic personally. His deadpan structured filming style leaves me feeling tired from repetition. In live action, I can get involved with the actors but I'm less connected with these artificial figures. I did laugh several times for the first half but like before, the style does wear down on me slightly. Nevertheless, it is enjoyable and darn it, I laughed. It's fun while it lasts.


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Country:

Germany | Japan | USA | UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isle of Dogs See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,620,294, 25 March 2018

Gross USA:

$32,015,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,337,744
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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