Welcome back, Wes! The beloved auteur has been absent from the big screen since “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was released in 2014 and went on to score nine Oscar nominations and four wins, but that all changes next March with the release of “Isle of Dogs.” The film marks Anderson’s second dive into stop-motion animation after “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his missing dog, Rex.
Anderson has assembled his most star-studded cast yet with this collection of voice actors: Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, and Greta Gerwig are just a few of the names lending their voices.
The last time Anderson went stop-motion for “Fantastic Mr. Fox” he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Whereas “Fox” was based on the novel by Roald Dahl, “Isle of Dogs” marks the director’s first original animated offering. He’s gone on record saying “Isle of Dogs” in influenced by the works of Akira Kurosawa.
“Isle of Dogs” opens in select theaters March 23. Watch the first trailer below.