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|Originaltitel:||Isle of Dogs|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 101 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years]|
When a dog flu breaks out that could also be dangerous for humans, the corrupt Kobayashi, mayor of Megasaki City, has a government decree banishing all dogs of the city to a huge rubbish dump. Here, on Trash Island, the dogs are fighting for survival. Atari, the foster son of Kobayashi, embarks on a desperate search for his bodyguard dog Spots and lands on the garbage island. With the help of a pack of mongrel dogs he wants to find spots - and so begins for the boy and his new four-legged friends an adventurous journey across the island. It is a journey at the end of which the fate of all dogs will be decided…
With "Isle of Dogs - Atari's Journey" director Wes Anderson presents his second stop-motion animated film. The story, set in a near future, is full of bizarre ideas and clear influences of Japanese film and comic culture. But first and foremost, the film is one thing: a Wes Anderson film. You can see, hear and feel it every second. For fans of the extraordinary filmmaker this is really a party, for all the other viewers it could take a lot of getting used to. Because Anderson's style is very special, which makes it stand out from the mainstream, but also makes it a bit difficult for the masses to access.
And that's really a pity especially in the case of this intelligent, lovable animated film, because it would have deserved a big audience because of the incredibly elaborate, detail-loving work of the animation team. The movie has as many funny as touching moments, whereby the wooden hammer is never used. As much as the pictures are full of ideas, Anderson's style is reserved in all other aspects. The story itself is really magical and works on two levels: for children it is simply a great, amusing adventure around a boy and many lovely dogs. For adults, there is also a somewhat socio-critical level, which can also inspire reflection. Apart from that, "Isle of Dogs - Atari's Journey" is one of a kind: a feast for the eyes and the heart. A masterpiece of animation art and a profound fairy tale for the whole family. Therefore: Absolutely worth seeing - especially if you like something more special and just wonderfully different!
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