Wes Anderson + Animated Dogs Voiced by a Dozen Major Stars = Take Our Money Now.
Director Wes Anderson just announced his new animated movie, "Isle of Dogs," in the most precious Wes Anderson way. The director of "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Darjeeling Limited," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," etc. created a video to reveal his next film, which stars half of Hollywood, but especially Edward Norton.
Norton not only voices "one of the lead dogs, named Rex," he cameos in Anderson's announcement video by peeking out from a door behind the director, just like a Wes Anderson character would do.
Watch the announcement video:
In addition to Edward Norton, the cast includes Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Kunichi Nomura, Harvey Keitel, "two Akiras" -- Akira Ito and Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Yoko Ono, Courtney B. Vance, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, and Liev Schrieber.
Yep, even Yoko Ono found a way to slide in there.
Anderson's video includes the very briefest sneak peek shot of Norton's Rex, but mostly focuses on his promotion for The Film Foundation. Anderson said he and Norton teamed up with Crowdrise to offer a special "Isle of Dogs" experience for a fan -- to visit the set and voice one of the dogs -- in exchange for support for the Film Foundation. (As the Crowdrise page warns, "barking, howling & whimpering may be required.")
"Isle of Dogs" (not to be confused with the 2011 action film "Isle of Dogs") is now shooting in England. It's Anderson's second stop-motion animated feature after "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and we can only hope it lives up to that standard. Stay tuned for details on the actual plot, and the release date.
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