“Nobody’s giving up around here, and don’t you forget it, ever. You’re Rex. You’re King. You’re Duke. You’re Boss! I’m Chief. We’re a pack of scary indestructible alpha dogs.”(Bryan Cranston, Chief). Isle of Dogs was released March 23, 2018. The animated film features many famous voices such as Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, and Bill Murray.
The story is set in a dystopian near-future Japan in which dogs have overpopulated the island and have contracted ‘canine flu’. The film begins with the mayor of Megasaki City signing a decree banishing all dogs to Trash Island, despite a scientist named Professor Watanabe insisting he is close to finding a cure. The first dog to be banished is Spots, who belonged to Atari Kobayashi, the orphaned nephew and ward of the mayor.
Six months later, Atari runs away from home, steals a plane and flies to Trash Island to find Spots. After a crash-landing, he is rescued by five dogs: Rex, King, Duke, Boss, and Chief. They decide to help Atari locate Spots, although Chief, a former stray, is reluctant to work with humans. Chief repeatedly tries to keep others away by telling them that he bites. However, he later says, “I’m not a violent dog, I don’t know why I bite” and we find out the sad story of how he was once adopted, but accidentally bit one of the kids. After a skirmish with a rescue team sent by Kobayashi to retrieve Atari, Chief’s tougher exterior deteriorates and he decides to accompany Atari on his search. The movie is beautifully created and received 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. I thought that the story was very engaging and is overall worth a watch. I definitely give this movie my vote.