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The story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
NY PostFull Review Very Good ...a wicked smart satire of moronic local politicians that fits in snuggly with his eclectic oeuvre. While adults and teens will cherish "Isle of Dogs," it may traumatize young children. For instance, not all of the pups survive the trip to the island. Wanna explain that to Little Billy?
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...despite the film's dark subtext, Anderson keeps the action fizzy all the way through. As for the animation, it's spectacular in every sense of the word and lifted by a superb Alexandre Desplat score...
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average Isle of Dogs is surprisingly bleak for an ostensible kids' film: Kobayashi's pro-dog scientist opponent is assassinated (a poisoning rebranded by news media as suicide), and three of the leading dog ensemble are incinerated in one of the island's processing plants...
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