Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

DVD - 2018
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When all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi embarks on an epic journey in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots.

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In the future, all dogs in Japan are sent to live on Trash Island. One boy is determined to bring his dog home. As quirky as any Wes Anderson film. Suggested by Lindsey A.


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SyrusM
Dec 10, 2018

Wes Anderson is very much capable of taking adults back in their childhood era.
Great animated film.
Yes, it’s different and it’s not following the mainstream ordinary Hollywood blockbusters.

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BlueHippo
Nov 19, 2018

Weird and hard to watch. My dog didn’t like it and neither did I!

JCLIanH Nov 14, 2018

Isle of Dogs is very style over substance, but when the film is made by one of cinema's preeminent stylists, the outstanding visuals end up overriding the need for deep emotional investment. That's not to say this is a shallow movie, because you do end up caring about this ragtag group of dogs imprisoned on a garbage island, but it's so consistently fun to look at that you would be forgiven for only going skin deep.

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carolcollins1
Nov 04, 2018

About 1 hr too long

Hillsboro_RobinD Oct 29, 2018

"I love dogs"

WestSlope_TheaH Oct 24, 2018

I love Wes Anderson but I'll be honest and say that I turned this one off. To me, it seemed too similar to Fantastic Mr. Fox and didn't bring much new to the table. I think I also have become very spoiled by Laika's very innovative stop motion animation and to me, this pales in comparison.

Much more complex than “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”! I haven’t generally been a fan of Wes Anderson’s live action films (although I did really like “Moonrise Kingdom”) but I have really loved his animated films.

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somedude
Sep 30, 2018

Smarty pants review:
While I enjoyed Anderson’s previous foray into this genre, this follow up seems derivative at best. Changing location and altering the story somewhat doesn’t do enough to bring us a completely new product, or at the least, a fresh perspective. It is still quirky and endearing, but offers nothing we haven’t already seen from him.

Joe Schmoe review:
Somewhat rehash of Fantastic Mr. Fox, but set in Japan. Either see one or the other. Seeing both will feel like de ja vu.

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AntonHPL
Sep 30, 2018

Another fantastic animation from Wes Anderson. Like his films it special and colorful.
Craftsmanship it top notch and money no matter let make it best thing.
Above all it artistic and humane. Is it for everyone? Probably not, is it worth to see? Totally yes.
I am waiting for new movies from Wes Anderson and never get disappointed.
Movie is about dogs, but not really about dogs. These things are universal and about how you should not abandon who you are and what you love.

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steven95014
Sep 18, 2018

"You do not need to be a dog-lover to like this film" -- actually, it is more likely you would want to have a dog as a companion after watching the movie -- and this is from someone that simply does not like pets, ever. For the uninitiated, this can be a weird film to watch and be rejected out of hand. I had watched "The fantastic Mr. Fox" so I know what I am in for. This is a well-made movie and the myriads of details are simply amazing. Overall, the story line is dark, in a comical way. Spoiler below.... Its directing and writing is full of surprising tidbits -- for example, when the dog packs were discussing cannibalistic dogs, the screen transitioned into a chef preparing food -- live fish and moving crab - that made a subtle jab at human diet then I realize this is actually part of the story line -- great writing.

I had watched the movie several times and each time, I caught on some details I missed, that further added to the enjoyment.

At least 4 stars

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SelectorLIX
Nov 09, 2018

SelectorLIX thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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