Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs is a return to stop-motion animation for the acclaimed director, his first feature of the like since Fantastic Mr. Fox. This behind the scenes look shows how a team of 25 different animators, along with the help of 10 assistants, brought the upcoming movie to life. It took a very long time, a lot of patience and a staggering degree of attention to detail.
This is a movie that has looked great ever since the first trailer debuted online, but this video offers a new level of appreciation for just how much work went into bringing Wes Anderson's vision to life. There is a painstaking, complicated process that goes into bringing these miniature puppets to life. And this video shows how working with dogs and humans added extra layers of development in the animation process. There's a reason everyone doesn't do stop-motion animation these days. It's a difficult thing to accomplish, but as we see in the video, it can yield amazing results, when executed correctly.
Isle of Dogs not only benefits from the directing style of Wes Anderson and a team of amazing animators, but he's also assembled a truly amazing voice cast for the movie. 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 all star in the animated feature. This also marks Anderson's first movie since Grand Budapest Hotel, which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Though Isle of Dogs hasn't debuted in theaters yet, early buzz has been terrific. Currently, the movie sits at a 97 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with just a single negative review to its name. We'll be hearing some more buzz for the movie very shortly, as it's set to close out the film portion of this year's SXSW festival in Austin on Saturday night. So not only will we be getting some more critical reactions, but those from the general moviegoing public will have the chance to weigh in as well. As we've seen recently, there can be a rather wide gap between the critic rating on the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
On Friday, March 23, the movie will open in limited release in Austin, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington D.C. It will expand on March 28 before opening in theaters nationwide on April 6. That will give Isle of Dogs at least a week before some of this year's major blockbusters, like Rampage and Avengers: Infinity War roll out. Blockers, which also recently debuted at SXSW, also rolls out in theaters on April 6, but there should be room for both movies to do well. Be sure to check out the new Isle of Dogs featurette, courtesy of the Fox Searchlight YouTube channel, for yourself below.