Wes Anderson's excellently eclectic style is front and center in the motion poster for his upcoming stop-motion film, Isle of Dogs. Though the official trailer will not drop until tomorrow, this 30-second clip offers a short, but detailed, look into his new movie.
Isle of Dogs will be Anderson's second feature-length stop-motion film after his 2009 adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox (which featured the vocal talents of George Clooney and Meryl Streep). This film, however, is not an adaptation of a previous work, but an original idea by Anderson himself. It follows the story of a boy in Japan who is searching for his dog; a journey that ultimately leads him to the titular Isle of Dogs.
Though very little details have been released regarding the plot, the new motion poster reveals the visual aesthetic which Anderson has brought to his latest film. It reveals a Japanese city backdrop with a fence in the foreground plastered in posters for the film to which the 30-second clip belongs.
With color palettes playing such strong roles within his entire filmography, it's worth pointing out that the palette in this motion poster is noticeably darker than what Anderson is known for. Whereas his last film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, relied on soft pastels, and its predecessor, Moonrise Kingdom, relied on earthier tones to complement its outdoor, nature-friendly vibe, Isle of Dogs appears to contrast its almost stonewashed daylight (as shown in the official poster) with stark purples, blacks, and reds for the nighttime.
Anderson is also famous for his attention to detail. In the city background, a blimp is stationary in the sky, while an airplane flies past it; various city lights are blinking; a train is crossing through the quiet metropolis. In the foreground, a man is adding yet another poster for the film onto the fence. He turns to face the camera, as if to acknowledge the audience, and then climbs back down his ladder, disappearing out of frame. The brightly illuminated red building positioned in the center of the frame appears to hold some significance, but that remains to be seen.
Isle of Dogs will feature the vocal talent of Bryan Cranston, Scarlet Johansson, Ken Watanabe, Liv Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance, Greta Gerwig, Akira Takayama, and Yoko Ono, as well as Anderson regulars Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Kara Hayward, and Bill Murray.
Source: Fox Searchlight
- Isle of Dogs (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018