Isle of Dogs (2018)
The second stop-motion feature after Fantastic Mr. Fox realized by Wes Anderson is everything you want it to be. Isle of Dogs features an all-star cast of (voice) actors and is brimming with Wes Anderson’s typical playful charm and meticulous attention to detail. The latter was achieved through collaboration with a huge team of craftsmen and animators who created beautiful set pieces and characters. To get a glimpse of just how much work goes into such an ornate stop-motion project you should check out some of the making-of material. The sushi scene is nothing short of perfect. Plot-wise, the story of Atari, a young boy searching for his disowned dog might seem quite childish. Underneath the multi-layered storytelling, the script which was co-written by Wes Anderson himself and Tokyo legend Kunichi Nomura reveals a strong plea against racism and xenophobia.
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