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Man’s best friend: Behind the scenes of Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’

Since Isle of Dogs premiered at Berlinale 2018, we’ve been delirious with Wes Anderson fever, lauding the charming stop-motion feature that displays the artistic skills of the masterful prince of symmetry. (Stanley Kubrick is the king, obviously.)

Isle of Dogs is set in Japan, telling the story of Atari Kobayashi – a 12-year-old boy who sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop after all the dogs of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island. On a quest to find his bodyguard dog Spots, he arrives at the island and, with the assistance of a pack of mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Filled with a starry voice cast (including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Tilda Swinton), Anderson’s trademark deadpan humor, charming animation, and odes to both Japanese cinema and man’s best friend, Isle of Dogs is a cinematic delight.

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In celebration of its release, fans across the pond in London were treated to an exclusive exhibition with original sets and puppets from the film at 180 The Strand. The exhibition proved so popular, it had to be extended an extra weekend due to high demand, drawing in over 50,000 visitors who were treated to seventeen visually stunning sets.

Not have been lucky enough to be in Blighty to catch the exhibition? Fret not, because those who missed it can catch a glimpse of the exhibition in the sizzle below. We’ve also got hold of some behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of this spectacular stop-motion world for you to feast your eyes on.

Exhibition sizzle

An ode to the dogs on set

The making of the puppets

The making of Megasaki City & Trash Island

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