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2,190 Ratings

Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson
Germany, United States, 2018
Animation, Comedy


Atari is the 12-year-old ward of corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When the boy’s dog is exiled to Trash Island, Atari sets off in search of his pet, accompanied by a pack of proud four-legged mongrels. Their journey will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

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Isle of Dogs Directed by Wes Anderson

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Silver Bear for Best Director

Academy Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Score

SXSW Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Audience Award (Headliners)

BAFTA Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: Animated Film

Like The Grand Budapest Hotel, this visually meticulous stop-motion animated feature is in part about the authoritarian takeover of life’s small pleasures, though its central metaphor is lost in one of Anderson’s weakest plots. But despite its flaws, Isle Of Dogs is a feast of forms, filled with jokes, title cards, strokes of technical ingenuity, and striking, Kurosawa-influenced color schemes.
June 28, 2018
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The result is a quaint tale about the courage of society’s (literal) underdogs, transposed alongside a clumsy and awkward tribute to Japanese culture that teeters between heartfelt sincerity and appropriative hipster aestheticism – unfortunately, Isle of Dogs too often falls into the latter category.
April 22, 2018
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It may be a bleak premise, but Anderson infuses it with humor, employing his trademark comic patter to enliven the dire situation.
April 06, 2018
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