Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Carries a Whiff of Imperialism
It’s likely that Wes Anderson intended for his latest film to equally embrace the canine kingdom and Japanese culture. But the stop-motion pooches of Isle of Dogs have a depth and presence not always granted their surrounding milieu. Set in the retro-futurescape of Megasaki City, Anderson’s second animated feature (following 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox) revolves around 12-year-old Atari’s quest to rescue his pet, Spots, from quarantine atop a floating dumpsite. But our young hero soon cedes agency to the mutt squad (voiced by ur-American dream team Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Ed Norton and Jeff Goldblum) vouchsafing his quest, and a rabble-rousing U.S. exchange student (Greta Gerwig) crushing from afar.