Building an entire Wes Anderson world from the ground up is no easy task. Just ask the 27 head animators and 10 assistants who constructed the entire stop-motion universe of Anderson’s latest feature, “Isle of Dogs.”
A behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production provides some amazing insight into all of the challenges the animators had to overcome while filming. Just before the film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, Anderson teased some of the production challenges the team faced when dealing with stop-motion animation:
“With animation, there are peculiar problems like, for instance, it turns out this puppet doesn’t really smile,” Anderson said. “That could be like two-and-a-half years into the process and suddenly your faced with that. There’s many things like that. But here’s always a way around it. You add to the puppet, you modify the puppet, whatever.”
Cameras were placed on the bodies of real dogs in order to track their movements, which animators then used to inform the dogs of the film. Materials like cotton were used for explosions and group scuffles, custom mouth arrangements were designed to capture the speech of the human characters, and Anderson himself was available to video chat with the crew for any specific direction.
Anderson regulars like Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Jeff Goldblum voice some of the characters of Isle of Dogs. The likes of Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, and Courtney B. Vance also lend their pipes alongside Japanese actors.
Please join ‘Isle of Dogs’ pre-release screening for charity on May 24th, at 7:30 pm, in Galaxy Cinema Nguyen Du in D1. Raised funds will be transferred to Animal Rescue Center in Saigon to help abandoned and sick animals to survive and find their new homes.
Tickets available for booking here.
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Isle of Dogs
Directed by Wes Anderson
An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs… with many obstacles along the way.