Wes Anderson hasn’t released a new feature film since “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in 2014, but he’s on his way back to the big screen. The idiosyncratic director returns with “Isle of Dogs,” which opens on March 23, 2018, and not only will it be his first feature film in four years, it will also be the second animated feature of his career. Watch the new trailer above.
“Isle of Dogs” is a stop-motion animated film about 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi, the ward of a corrupt mayor. When the mayor banishes dogs to Trash Island, Atari flies there alone to find his bodyguard dog Spots with the help of a pack of other exiled canines. It features voice-acting by a number of well known stars, including past Anderson collaborators Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, and F. Murray Abraham, along with Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, and Liev Schreiber.
Anderson’s last foray into animation was 2009’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” a critically acclaimed film based on Roald Dahl‘s novel that earned Anderson an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. That’s one of six Oscar noms Anderson has received thus far in his career, also including writing bids for “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) and “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012), as well as writing, directing, and producing nominations for “Grand Budapest.” He has yet to win in any category.
Anderson isn’t the only filmmaker primarily known for live-action who has dabbled in animation. In 2015 Charlie Kaufman (writer of “Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) released his own grown-up stop-motion film, “Anomalisa.” Before that Tim Burton (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”) made “Corpse Bride” (2005) and “Frankenweenie” (2012). All three of those films were nominated for the Animated Feature Oscar.
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