PG-13/ 101 Minutes
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum


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When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' is smart and fun

• Four stars out of four •

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Isle of Dogs” is the latest film from writer-director Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) — and one of his best. As he did with “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Anderson proves that in the right hands stop-motion animation can be put to brilliant storytelling purposes. The film is not only hilariously entertaining, but also firmly in the tradition of such political parables as George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”

Fans of Anderson’s offbeat approach won’t be disappointed, and the first-rate voice cast — which also includes Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton — delivers each word with panache.

There’s so much going on in “Isle of Dogs” that it probably has to be seen at least twice to be properly appreciated. How many films can you say that about?

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