Isle of Dogs Movie Review & Cast

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Isle of Dogs movie is a 2018 stop-motion animated comedy film written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson. The movie narrates an outbreak of dog flu that spreads through the city of Megasaki, Japan. However, a young boy named Atari goes in search of his dog after Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island.

Isle of Dogs Movie Review & Cast

Despite a scientist named Professor Watanabe insisting he is close to finding a cure. The authoritarian new mayor of Megasaki City, Kobayashi, signs a decree banishing all dogs to Trash Island. Atari’s dog, Spots, is the first dog to be banished. Also Atari Kobayashi, an orphaned nephew and ward of the mayor.

Meanwhile, Atari sets out, determined to rescue his dog. He steals a plane and flies to Trash Island to find Spots. However, crashed on his way to the Trash island. Then, he is rescued by five dogs: Rex, King, Duke, Boss, and Chief. With the help of these dogs, Atari continues in his search for Spots. However, Kobayashi has sent out a rescue team to retrieve Atari. But all to the insistence of a female pure breed named Nutmeg. With the advice from two sage dogs Jupiter and Oracle, Atari set out on his search with his new found company.

The Isle Of Dogs tells how Atari’s quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy.  Mayor Kobayashi poison  Professor Watanabe when he finds the cure to prevent the dogs from being returned from Trash Island. During the journey, Atari realizes that Chief is of Spots’ breed, which is extremely rare. This means that Chief may be Spots’ brother. However, they are ambushed by Kobayashi’s men once again, only for Spots to arrive with a small army of dogs to rescue them. Thereafter, Spots confirms that Chief is his brother. Also reveals how he was rescued upon arrival by the ‘cannibal’ tribe and later became their leader. Spots ask to transfer his protection duties for Atari to his brother, Chief.

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Kobayashi plans to order the total extermination of all dogs on Trash Island upon his imminent re-election was then revealed by an owl. Atari and many of the island dog tribe return to Megasaki City to attempt to prevent this. During the election ceremony, he prepares to give the order, but Tracy presents her evidence of his corruption and the cure’s existence. Then Atari and the dogs arrive and confirm the cure works. Though Kobayashi has a change of heart, his right-hand man Major Domo insists upon seeing the extermination through.  A fight ensues. The ‘execute’ button is mistakenly pressed. But to their surprise, the poison backfires on the captors, thanks to a hacker friend of Tracy’s. This also allows the island dogs to escape death.

However, during the fight, Atari and Spots are gravely injured. Kobayashi, admitting his mistakes, donates his own to save the Atari after his only remaining kidney fails. Additionally, Atari becomes mayorship of the city by election law. Dogs allowed to reintegrate into society. Atari and Tracy become a couple, and Chief also reunites with Nutmeg and takes up the role of bodyguard for Atari.

Isle of Dogs movie was produced by Indian Paintbrush and Anderson’s own production company, American Empirical Pictures. Furthermore, released nationwide in the United States on April 13, 2018. However, the movie has grossed $42 million worldwide. Watch Trailer HERE.

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Isle of Dogs Movie Cast

  • Bryan Cranston as Chief
  • Koyu Rankin as Atari Kobayashi
  • Edward Norton as Rex
  • Bob Balaban as King
  • Bill Murray as Boss
  • Jeff Goldblum as Duke
  • Kunichi Nomura as Mayor Kobayashi
  • Akira Takayama as Major Domo
  • Greta Gerwig as Tracy Walker
  • Frances McDormand as Interpreter Nelson
  • Akira Ito as Professor Watanabe
  • Scarlett Johansson as Nutmeg
  • Harvey Keitel as Gondo
  • F. Murray Abraham as Jupiter
  • Yoko Ono as Assistant Scientist Yoko Ono
  • Tilda Swinton as Oracle
  • Ken Watanabe as Head Surgeon
  • Mari Natsuki as Auntie
  • Fisher Stevens as Scrap
  • Nijiro Murakami as Editor Hiroshi
  • Liev Schreiber as Spots
  • Courtney B. Vance as the narrator
  • Yojiro Noda as News Anchor
  • Frank Wood as Simul-Translate Machine
  • Roman Coppola as Igor
  • Anjelica Huston as Mute Poodle
  • Kara Hayward as Peppermint

Isle Of Dogs Movie Overview

  • Genre:- Animation, Comedy, Action & Adventure
  • Directed By:- Wes Anderson
  • Written By:- Wes Anderson
  • Release Date:- Apr 13, 2018 (Worldwide)
  • Studio:- Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Run Time:- 101 minutes
  • Country:- United States, Germany
  • Language:- English, Japanese
  • Box Office:- $42.1 million

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