In the Dark: Wes Anderson's latest animated film has bark and bite

The animated cast of Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson's latest film

A few months ago, sitting through the trailer for this movie, I heard comments around me like “weird,” “interesting,” and, yes, it is kind of weird and interesting. After all it is a Wes Anderson movie so that’s to be expected.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of equivocation about this movie. People either love it (and most of them are Anderson fans) or they have hate it. I’m on the fence because the animation is nothing short of gorgeous. Every scene, every shot is perfection in the stop-motion animation Anderson uses. This is the second animated movie for him after “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” in 2009. This story is darker and stranger, but as with any animated movie, it can be enjoyed on many different levels.

On the surface this is a story about a boy and his dog. Set in a futuristic Japan in the city of Megasaki, a virulent disease called “snout fever” is attacking the dog population. Mayor Kobayashi (a cat lover, by the way) decrees all dogs must be captured and sent to Trash Island, which is just what the name implies — the island where all of the city’s trash is dumped.

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