– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We may live in a blockbuster-laden era full of superheroes and explosions, but that’s not to say we’ve lost all appreciation for the quirkier, lower-key projects that the auteur directors are able to bring to the table.

In today’s day and age, there are few filmmakers who have a real recognizable thumbprint, and one of the most recognizable of those few filmmakers is Wes Anderson. From his symmetric camera work, pastel color palette, and dry delivery from his actors, he’s pretty much the only director you can recognize with a single screenshot.

Back in 2009, he adapted his trademark style into animation with the charming Fantastic Mr. Fox, a stop-motion animated film based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name. Eight years later, we have our first look at his next animated venture — this time an original work called Isle of Dogs.

Below is the synopsis for the film:

ISLE OF DOGS tells 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 called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river 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.”

Like all his other films, Isle of Dog has a very distinct style that you either love or hate. If you’re a part of the former group, then there’s a good chance this’ll be up your alley. If you’re a part of the latter, then it’ll likely not change your mind.

As someone who’s partial to his work, this seems to be another charming entry in his filmography. After the amazing Grand Budapest Hotel, this one will have a lot to live up to, but given how different this movie ultimately is, we think he’s in the clear as far as needless comparisons go.

What did you think of this trailer? Will you be seeing this one in theaters? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Isle of Dogs hits theaters on March 23, 2018.

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SOURCE: Fox Searchlight

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.