Isle of Dogs
Corrupt mayor Kobayashi of Megasaki has banished all dogs from his city to a dreary island just off the coast, because they were allegedly spreading disease. But his 12-year-old son Atari misses his dog Spots and goes looking for him. Meanwhile a movement against Kobayashi is on the rise in Megasaki, led by scientist Yoko Ono. Pop culture references, bone-dry humour and social engagement in yet another excellent Wes Anderson film.
Nine years after The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is back with a new stop-motion animation film. This time he doesn’t rely on just one literary source, but packs his film, which is set in Japan in the distant future, with references to Japanese (popular) culture – from Hokusai and Akira Kurosawa to games and manga. Yet Isle of Dogs is also a socially engaged film that doesn’t shy away from serious issues like political demagogy and pollution. Along with his familiar visual perfection and the bone-dry humour, it’s that urgency that makes Isle of Dogs one of Wes Anderson’s best films ever.