Fox Searchlight has released a new Isle of Dogs featurette. This one focuses on the hard work of the animators to bring the stop-motion to life. In Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, a young boy lands on an island of dogs in order to find his missing pet.
The animation far exceeds what Anderson and the animators achieved with Fantastic Mr. Fox, and this video does an outstanding job in just a few minutes explaining what went into Isle of Dogs. There are so many little things from expression, to walking, to just the kind of scene that’s being performed to take into consideration, and it’s a minor miracle that any of this gets accomplished as well as it does. Hopefully the Blu-ray will contain a more in-depth look at the animation process on this movie, because the level of detail here–from the faces to the hair to the eye movements–is astounding.
Check out the video below. The film opens in limited release on March 23rd and features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunicki Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Mari Katsuki, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Liev Schreiber, and Courtney B. Vance.
Here’s the official synopsis for Isle of Dogs:
ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.