In Wes Anderson's second stop-motion animated film, intricately detailed puppets tell the story of a boy and his dog on an epic adventure. You can see the actual puppets and miniature sets designed and built for the film at this fascinating exhibition upstairs at the SCAD Museum of Art and at the Jen Library on Broughton Street in Downtown Savannah.
“Isle of Dogs” takes place in a near-dystopian future where all dogs in the Japanese metropolis of Megasaki City have been moved to an island due to illness. Viewers follow a group of dogs led by a stray named Chief (Bryan Cranston) who is mean and who come in contact with Atari, a young boy who has traveled to the island in search of his dog, Spots. While Chief first does not like the child, he eventually helps Atari look for his missing pet.
To say that this film’s attention to detail is outstanding would be a huge understatement. Anderson has perfected his technical craft of stop motion. Every shot has a staggering level of care put into it—staging and framing that helps further build this world.