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Buses 6, 52, 187, 302; Kensal Rise Overground station.

Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 1.30pm

Isle of Dogs

Hi all, Last month we had the very successful screening of the Hedy Lamarr documentary that went down a storm. This month, something utterly and completely different. Anybody who saw and loved The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom or Fantastic Mr Fox will be familiar with the whimsy and charm of Wes Anderson. He has his own particular style. Loves a written intro or chapter heading, for instance. Jumps about in the timelines, etc. In Isle of Dogs, he returns to the stop-motion animation of Fantastic Mr Fox.
Just look at the names who lend their voices: Bill Murray as Boss, Bryan Cranston as Chief, Edward Norton as Rex, Jeff Goldblum as Duke, Scarlett Johansson as Nutmeg, F Murray Abraham as Jupiter, Harvey Keitel as Gondo, Tilda Swindon as Oracle, Liev Schreiber as Spots, Frances McDormand as Interpreter Nelson. And a whole bunch of other famous folk, including Yoko Ono and Anjelica Houston in minor roles.

This lot wouldn't go for any old muck - they have style and punch aplenty and so does this animation. It's charming, funny, at times cliched when it comes to all things Japanese, but also looks utterly ravishing (an Easter treat goes to the person who can spot all the Japanese cultural references). Set in near-future dystopian Japan, all dogs, who have been infected with "snout flu", have been banished to Trash Island where they do what they must to survive. Atari, 12-year-boy, whose dog Spots was the first to be banished, later flies to the island to find his friend. After that, it all gets a bit frantic. It has loads of good stuff to talk about later. For instance, the Japanese humans speak unsubtitled Japanese - (only sometimes gets translated by foreign exchange student Nelson). The dogs speak American English. It has heart.

Isle of Dogs (subtitled) See you all there.

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