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‘Isle of Dogs’ Exclusive Photos: Meet the Canine Stars of Wes Anderson’s Newest Stop-Motion Charmer

In today's "pro-dog" news, get to know some of the cuddliest characters from the upcoming stop-motion feature.

(From L-R): Edward Norton as “Rex,” Bryan Cranston as "Chief," Jeff Goldblum as “Duke,” Bob Balaban as “King” and Bill Murray as “Boss” and in the film ISLE OF DOGS. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“Isle of Dogs”

Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Consider this a pro-dog space, and soon you’ll understand why. In Wes Anderson’s upcoming “Isle of Dogs,” the residents of a futuristic (and deeply dystopian) Japanese city undertake some wild measures to combat spreading disease (and unease), relegating the city’s dogs — all of the dogs — to so-called Trash Island. When one dedicated owner takes it upon himself to literally fly to the island to save his beloved dog, it sets into motion a wild chain of events that will not only impact “little pilot” Atari (voiced by Koyu Rankin) and his pup Spots (voiced by Liev Schreiber), but all of the residents of the island and beyond.

And what a charming batch of residents they are. Bolstered by the voice talents of stars like Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, and Scarlett Johansson, the canines of Trash Island are about as vivid and charming as animal stars — even of the stop-motion variety — come, and IndieWire is pleased to introduce an exclusive look at four of the pups that make “Isle of Dogs” so special. (They’re such good boys and girls.)

In our Berlin review, David Ehrlich wrote of the film’s ambitious style, “Some passages combine several different modes of animation at once, contrasting the hard resin of the human characters against the anime-inspired 2D shadings that are used for the various newscast scenes. There are sumo fights and kabuki performances and all sorts of future tech that clashes against the traditional Japanese nods; if the puppet work in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ felt a little hesitant, the action here is downright cocky.”

And of those all-important puppers and the central bond that drives the film’s plot, Ehrlich later commented, “At heart, for all of the Wes Anderson wizardry, this is just a very simple story about a boy and his dog. And the dogs he meets while trying to find his dog. And maybe also the lady dogs those dogs want to hump…But really it’s just about a boy and his dog, and they need each other for most of the same reasons that any of us need anyone. On their own, they don’t resonate quite as strongly as they should. But together they know who they are, and it’s who they want to be.”

Check out our other four exclusive “Isle of Dogs” photos below, including four dogs you’re going to just love.

Edward Norton as “Rex” in the film ISLE OF DOGS. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Edward Norton as “Rex”

Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Bob Balaban as “King”

Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Bill Murray as “Boss” in the film ISLE OF DOGS. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Bill Murray as “Boss”

Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Jeff Goldblum as “Duke” in the film ISLE OF DOGS. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Jeff Goldblum as “Duke”

Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

“Isle of Dogs” opens on Friday, March 23.

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