Release dates were raining like cats and dogs in Hollywood on Tuesday, so you might’ve missed some good news from Fox Searchlight in the middle of Disney’s dating deluge. It seems that Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated movie ISLE OF DOGS will bark its way into theaters on April 20, 2018.
Set in Japan, the story follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. Anderson regulars such as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban lend their voices, as do Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, and none other than Yoko Ono.
Anderson is no stranger to the world of stop-motion animation, having previously directed 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. His films have fared well in the Spring, as The Grand Budapest Hotel opened its doors in March, while Moonrise Kingdom arrived in May.
Isle of Dogs is currently slated to open against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s monster movie Rampage and Universal’s John Cena-Leslie Mann comedy The Pact, which both appeal to different audiences.
Check out a Japanese poster for Isle of Dogs (which sounds an awful lot like “I love dogs”) below and savor Anderson’s uniquely-flavored creativity. I, for one, can’t wait for this film.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief