Broadsheet Trailer Park: Isle of Dogs


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The latest quirky oddity from that ever-so-aloof master of whimsy, Wes Anderson. He’s returning to the stop-motion animation style he employed for his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) for this story of a near-future Japan in which all dogs are banished to live on a garbage island.

3. A young boy travels to the island to rescue his own best friend (sorry), and a positively Anderson-esque adventure ensues.

4. Animation aside, all of Anderson’s many trademarks are present and correct. These include the sprawling all-star cast (going by the poster, could it be his most sprawling and all-star to date?) delivering droll, sardonic dialogue, symmetrical angles, flat camera shots, unusual close-ups and cuts, the works.

5. People either love or hate Anderson’s shtick. I’ve found him hit and miss over the years. It’s often said that he cares more about the process than the finished product, hence the obsessive attention to detail on all of the above.

6. There’s no doubt he’s a brilliant storyteller though who has been out there on his own, with his own voice, right from the start. As such, anything he does is worth paying attention to, and if it ends up one of his less well-received outings, there will doubtless still be lots to love about it.

7. SO quirky

Doug’s verdict: So fetch

Release date:
March 23, 2018

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16 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Isle of Dogs

  1. Niddler

    “People either love or hate Anderson’s shtick.
    I’ve found him hit and miss over the years.”

    But…you just said..?

    1. Pete

      Was thinking the same when I read that. Also ‘so quirky’ is such a lazy pigeonhole for Anderson’s films. Also, with the greatest of respect, why should ‘we’ care what ‘you’ thought of Anderson’s films over the years Doug? That’s just, like, your opinion, man

    1. Pete

      Hardly a tough crowd Bertie. Very polite compared to some of the rage threads in here. Also god forbid anyone would even mildly criticise the critic is it? Would you go on out of that!

      1. Bertie Blenkinsop

        Ah I was only trying to give him a bit of encouragement Pete, it’s nice to be nice and all that.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          Not wanting to be called a lick or anything, but your stuff was very good, Bertie. Would you not give it another go? (But Doug’s stuff is good too etc)

  2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    I love Wes Anderson usually. I’d imagine I’ll love this. His movies make me kind of giddy.

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