Wes Anderson, patron saint of all things twee and lo-fi and often impossibly charming, is releasing a new animated film. Those who loved Fantastic Mr. Fox, rejoice! Those who didn’t, well, sorry, hope it’s better this time. In classic Anderson fashion, The Isle of Dogs has a ridiculously stacked ensemble cast that includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Courtney B. Vance, and Yoko Ono. Oh, and did I mention it will hit theaters on April 20, 2018?
The film takes place in Japan and centers on a young boy’s quest to find his missing dog. No spoilers, but I think it’s safe to say based on the title of the film that maybe he finds a lot more dogs than he bargained for. It also sounds vaguely like the plot of Moonrise Kingdom only with less angsty young love and more puppies. According to Variety, Anderson has said that his vision for the film is highly influenced by both Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and Rankin-Bass stop-motion Christmas specials. Sounds about right.
So just to recap: Wes Anderson animated film about dogs starring the likes of Yoko freakin’ Ono will be released next year on 4/20. Don’t ever say you have nothing to look forward to.