Isle of Dogs
Number of discs: 2
Rated: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2018
Run Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.
Review: Wes Anderson’s ISLE OF DOGS is a splendid combination of heart, story, and breathtaking animation. It is everything we loved about Fantastic Mr. Fox but with a more subdued and quiet delivery. That in no way equals boring as the characters and story line will keep you entertained from nose to tail.
Anderson asks the question, what if all dogs were banished to an island and had to survive on their own? Then what if one young boy goes to that island in search of his beloved pet? And then what if it became a government conspiracy full of coverups, uprisings, and political shenanigans? The answer comes in a bizarre tale that might be full of social metaphors but you will be too intrigued to care.
I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the depth and detail of the animation. I know technology and all that yet the clarity at times is overwhelming. Ninety Eight percent of the cast are dogs. That is a lot of fur. Matted fur, curly fur, mangled fur, wirey fur; all moving fluidly as if caught in a gentle breeze. It is the dogs that make this movie grand. Wes is able to capture the loyalty, love, and alertness in the eyes in way that makes them come alive. The quirky personalities combined with the animal mannerisms is a dog lovers delight.