watch the first clip from wes anderson’s new film isle of dogs

It’s like Fantastic Mr Fox! But with dogs, so even better!

by Roisin Lanigan
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08 February 2018, 2:55am

What could be more perfect than living on an island inhabited only by dogs? It sounds like heaven right? The only way it could be better is if the island inhabited only by dogs was invented by king of whimsy, Wes Anderson. Luckily, for all of us waiting impatiently to see this utopia realised on film later this year, the director has just released the first clip from his new stop motion film, Isle of Dogs.

The clip from Isle of Dogs -- the director’s first feature length movie since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel -- sees two rival groups of dogs locked in a brutal fight for scraps of mouldy food. One loses an ear, it’s pretty traumatic actually. Because despite the fact it sounds like a paradise, Isle of Dogs has a fairly apocalyptic premise.

Set in a dystopian future Japan, where dogs have all been quarantined on a remote island because of a “canine flu”, Isle of Dogs follows the adventures of five local dogs -- Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke and King -- when their isolated existence is interrupted by the arrival of a boy named Atari, who ventured to the island to find his dog, Spots.

Aside from Edward Norton’s character, Rex, who we hear speaking in the clip, the film boasts a seriously impressive cast (obviously, it’s a Wes Anderson film), including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel and Tilda Swinton, to name just a few. Isle of Dogs will be released in US cinemas on 23 March, with an international release scheduled for April.

This article originally appeared on i-D UK.