If you’ve a taste for quirky movies then you will certainly lap up this truly bizarre stop-motion animated adventure from Wes Anderson, maker of 2009’s similarly offbeat Roald Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr Fox.
Isle of Dogs is an Anderson original and takes place in a futuristic Japan where dogs have been banished from the city of Megasaki and quarantined on Trash Island after an outbreak of snout fever, or canine flu. But hope springs for the stranded pooches after an intrepid 12-year-old boy, nephew of the city’s corrupt mayor, crash-lands on the island in a bid to rescue his beloved pet.
The oddball canine capers that ensue are irresistibly charming. Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston and Oscar-winner Frances McDormand feature among the film’s pedigree voice cast.
Certificate PG. Runtime 101 mins. Director Wes Anderson
Blu-ray Special Features:
Isle of Dogs Cast Interviews
An Ode to Dogs
Magasaki City and Trash Island
Weather and Elements
- Image Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
RSPCA and ISLE OF DOGS encourage you to rehome a dog
Photographer Linda Blacker herded celebrity dogs Marcel le Corgi, Cockapoo Marley, Doug the Therapy Pug and Steven the Frenchy to support Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescue dog, Emily, in an ISLE OF DOGS inspired photoshoot to help raise awareness of the thousands of dogs that are abandoned every year.
Just like Chief, Duke and Boss in the film, sadly thousands of dogs are left to fend for themselves across England and Wales. The RSPCA received close to 20,000 calls about dogs last year alone. The volume increases over the summer months with an average of approximately 74 dogs abandoned every day throughout July and August.
Dermot Murphy, who heads the RSPCA inspectorate team, said: “Summer is the busiest time of year for RSPCA inspectors, especially dealing with dogs which have been abandoned because their owners have gone on holiday or they’ve decided they don’t want the responsibility of a pet anymore.”
He continues, “I never fail to be amazed that despite being let down by people how loyal, loving and forgiving these abandoned dogs are – they all have unique personalities, just like the gang in Isle of Dogs. Last year the RSPCA centres and branches rehomed more than 8,500 dogs but there are still more in our care that need loving homes like Emily.”
To find out more about how you can rehome a dog just like Emily, please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/findapet