Visionary director Wes Anderson dives back into the world of animation in the first trailer for his star-studded stop-motion adventure Isle of Dogs, which features the voices of F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gergwig, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Liev Schreiber, Akira Ito, and Edward Norton.
As per the film’s official synopsis, Isle of Dogs tells the tale of Atari Kobayashi, a young boy who sets out on a quest to find his bodyguard-dog Spots when all the canine pets in Megasaki City are exiled to a garbage-dump called Trash Island. With the help of a pack of newly-found four-legged friends, he begins a journey that will ultimately decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
“Wes Anderson is one of the most talented filmmakers of his, or any other, generation,” said Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula. “His ability to write smart and unconventional screenplays and then translate them into unique experiences on screen makes him not only a unique voice in film, but one who can truly bridge the gap between independent films and cross-over hits.”
Though the film looks absolutely spectacular from both a visual and storytelling perspective, it’s certainly questionable as to why Anderson recruited a predominantly white cast for Isle of Dogs, which is set in Japan. We’ve seen this issue come up again and again in Hollywood; let’s try a little better to put an end to it.
Isle of Dogs will open in select theaters on March 23, 2018.