This Is Why Wes Anderson Went To Japan For ‘Isle of Dogs’

Latest stop-motion animated science fiction adventure comedy film “Isle of Dogs” has hit the theatres today!

This Is Why Anderson Went To Japan For 'Isle of Dogs'

The latest Hollywood flick is another adventure from the detail-oriented person Wes Anderson.

Spoiler alert! The film revolves around in a dystopian future Japan, where dogs have been quarantined on a remote island as they having a “canine flu.” A young boy named Atari reaches the island in search of his dog, Spots. While other dogs — Boss, Chief, Rex, King, and Duke — help him to search for Spots and escape from authorities.

Anderson told EW on the phone interview his adoptive hometown of Paris, “The world changed quickly and harshly.” He said, “We kept seeing our movie on the front pages of newspapers — not just in America but all over the place.”

This Is Why Anderson Went To Japan For 'Isle of Dogs'

Over 2,200 puppets and 250 sets were built for Isle of Dogs in different scales. Production designers Paul Harrod and Adam Stockhausen said the animated movie aesthetic is the 1963 vision of  Japan, drawing from the advertising, the urban architecture, and the 1960s Japan’s graphic design as well as old woodblock prints and tapestries.

Stockhausen went on to explain, Trash Island alone was set out in different zones and each zone had different attributes and landscapes.

The filmmaker says of the latter set piece, “It was not really entertaining when it didn’t have enough authenticity.” He continued, “When it didn’t reflect enough of the proper way to handle a knife and the proper way to handle the fish, it just became silly.”

Anderson said, “The movie is a fantasy, and I would never suggest that this is an accurate depiction of any particular Japan.” He went on to say, “This is definitely a reimagining of Japan through my experience of Japanese cinema.”

He added, “I don’t like to watch Japanese movies that are dubbed into English. I like the performances of actors in Japanese. It’s interesting to me, and it’s a very beautiful, complex language.”

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