Isle of Dogs, the new stop-motion animation from Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 30th March, and to celebrate the release a special London event is planned to mark the film’s creativity.
To celebrate the film, The Store X, 180 The Strand and Fox Searchlight Pictures will present an exclusive exhibition of original sets and puppets from the film, open to the public from Friday 23rd March to Thursday 5th April.
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.
Set in Japan, twenty years in the future, Isle of Dogs was largely filmed at 3 Mills Studios in East London. Curated by Wes Anderson and the production team the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see 17 original sets plus many of the puppets and experience the world of this highly acclaimed and masterfully crafted film.
Alongside sets and puppets from the film the exhibition will feature a life-size recreation of one of the sets: a ‘Noodle Bar’ where visitors will be able to enjoy traditional Japanese Ramen, created by acclaimed chef Akira Shimizu – executive chef at Soho’s Engawa restaurant – and Sake cocktails during late night openings Thursday/Friday.
The exhibition itself is free and the noodle bar will be selling food and drink throughout the day.
All against a background of the original score by Academy Award®-winning composer Alexandre Desplat plus classic Kurosawa soundtrack music and the psychedelic sounds of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band from the Isle of Dogs soundrack.
With an arts programme curated by The Store X, 180 The Strand is an iconic Brutalist building in the heart of London’s West End that provides a space to house creative industries, where innovative businesses and visionary talents can collaborate.
Fox Searchlight Pictures and Indian Paintbrush present an American Empirical Picture, Isle of Dogs, directed and written by Wes Anderson and story by Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura.
The film stars Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Mari Natsuki, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Liev Schreiber and Courtney B. Vance.
The creative team includes producers Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, director of photography Tristan Oliver, animation director Mark Waring, production designers Adam Stockhausen and Paul Harrod, senior visual effects supervisor Tim Ledbury, head of puppets department Andy Gent, original music by Alexandre Desplat, music supervisor Randall Poster, supervising editor Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E., editors Ralph Foster and Edward Bursch, animation producer Simon Quinn, animation supervisor Tobias Fouracre, lead animators Antony Elworthy, Kim Keukeleire and Jason Stalman, co-producer Octavia Peissel, executive producers Christopher Fisser, Henning Molfenter and Charlie Woebcken, and casting by Douglas Aibel, CSA and Kunichi Nomura.
Check out the trailer for Isle of Dogs below;