The first trailer for Wes Anderson's forthcoming stop-motion film, Isle of Dogs, dropped today, and it falls somewhere between a pile of autumn leaves and cats dressed as humans on the scale of pure, unbridled delights.
Set in Japan in the near future, the movie revolves around a 12-year-old named Atari Kobayashi, who, when the government quarantines all canines on a dump called "Trash Island," flies over from the mainland in search of his dog and is assisted by a ragtag band of pups. You might recognize a few familiar voices, from known Anderson collaborators such as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban, to new ones such as Bryan Cranston. Ultimately, I think we can expect a timeless tale of childhood—a boy's search for a lost dog—in a uniquely Anderson-ian way.
This is Anderson's second stop-motion feature-length film—the first was his wonderful Roald Dahl adaptation, Fantastic Mr. Fox—and also the second one to feature adorably endearing talking animals. It comes out next March. Until then, feel free to watch this trailer like a billion times.