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Isle of Dogs Review by Smash Cut

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Wes Anderson’s ostentatious style of direction can mostly come off in one of two ways. It can either imbue it’s worlds with a sense of quirk that mirrors the oddball charm of its characters, or it can feel like a lot of overwrought technique for its own sake. Luckily, with Isle of Dogs, the form matches function. Anderson’s diaroma-esque shot composition and inclination towards right angles feels more natural in the fully constructed worlds of stop motion animation. Here, suspension of disbelief is a necessary buy-in, animation more clearly marked as artifice than live action productions.

Isle of Dogs heralds Anderson’s return to the world of stop motion, functioning as something of a visual successor to The Fantastic Mr. Fox. It takes place in a near future Japan, in which a combination of illness and public manipulation has led to a government decreed exodus of the canine population from Megasaki…

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