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  • Jeff Goldblum said the film would be "Japanese Influenced."
  • This was director Wes Anderson's eighth collaboration with actor Bill Murray.
  • This was director Wes Anderson's ninth feature film and second stop-motion film.
  • This is Wes Anderson's first stop-motion film since Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
  • This was F. Murray Abraham's first stop-motion film.
  • Writer and director Wes Anderson hosted a competition for someone to be a member of the voice cast for this film. The only requirement was that they donated ten dollars or more to the Film Foundation, a non-profit founded by Martin Scorsese, which specializes in the preservation and restoration of film around the world.
  • This was Bryan Cranston's first stop-motion movie, although he worked on Robot Chicken (2001) and SuperMansion (2015).
  • Actress Scarlett Johansson and director Wes Anderson appeared in Sing (2016).
  • Frances McDormand and Bryan Cranston also both appeared in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012).
  • Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson also both appeared in Lost in Translation (2003) and The Jungle Book (2016).
  • This is Scarlett Johansson's seventh voice-only role in seven years. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Her (2013), Deep Down (2014), Assassin Banana (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), and Sing (2016) were the previous six.
  • Fellow director Mike Le, former assistant to Wes Anderson and Luke Wilson, once advised Gaetano Martino that his music would be best suited in a Wes Anderson film.
  • The film cast includes four Oscar winners: F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Fisher Stevens and Frances McDormand, and eight Oscar nominees: Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig,Roman Coppola and Bob Balaban.
  • Along with Moonrise Kingdom (2012), this Wes Anderson film did not have any involvement with Owen Wilson.
  • Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Kara Hayward, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, and Tilda Swinton appeared in Moonrise Kingdom (2012).
  • Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban all appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
  • The movie was influenced by the work of Akira Kurosawa and Rankin-Bass stop-motion Christmas specials.
  • This is the first feature length film that is both written and directed solely by Wes Anderson.
  • Produced at 3 Mills Studio in East London, England which is 3 miles away from an area actually called "Isle Of Dogs"
  • The song in the first trailer is "I Won't Hurt You" by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.
  • This was Jeff Goldblum's first animated movie since The Prince of Egypt (1998), not counting Zambezia (2012).
  • "Isle of Dogs" could also be read as "I love dogs."
  • The trailer has music by a '50s band named Sauter-Finegan, whose song is "Midnight Sleigh Ride." It can be heard on YouTube.
  • This film reunited Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton, after appearing in Red Dragon (2002), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
  • This was the second PG-13 animated film to be release in 2018. The first was Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2015), which was released in U.S. theaters on February 2.
  • This was the first Wes Anderson film since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) to not feature Jason Schwartzman.
  • This was the third consecutive Wes Anderson movie to include both Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton, following Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
  • The hair of the dogs is made out of alpaca wool.
  • Although he only contributed to the story, this was the second screenplay that Jason Schwartzman had collaborated with Wes Anderson on. They previously wrote The Darjeeling Limited (2007) together.
  • This was the longest stop-motion film of all time, beating out Coraline (2009) by two minutes.
  • Jeff Goldblum recorded his lines over the phone in California. Because of scheduling conflicts, he could not go to England to record his lines with the rest of the cast.
  • Since she speaks fluent French, Greta Gerwig reprised her voice role as Tracy Walker for the French dub version.
  • This film tied for longest stop motion film with Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), at 1 hour and 41 minutes.
  • As of 2018, since his debut film Bottle Rocket (1996), director Wes Anderson had used one cinematographer for his live-action films (Robert D. Yeoman), and one for his stop-motion films (Tristan Oliver).
  • The five main dogs, Chief, Rex, King, Duke and Boss, all have names that mean some kind of "leader."
  • The film opened the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where Anderson was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director, and was given a limited release in the United States on March 23, 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
  • It was said that the film was strongly influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa, as well as the stop-motion animated holiday specials made by Rankin/Bass Productions.
  • The dogs eating on a metal beam resembles the famous photo "Lunch Atop A Skyscraper," showing construction workers having their lunch break on a metal beam high above Manhattan.
  • Atari slides down the Pagoda slide. Longtime Wes Anderson movie collaborator Kumar Pallana's character is named Pagoda in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
  • This was Edward Norton's third animated film after The Guardian Brothers (2016) and Sausage Party (2016).
  • Director Wes Anderson said the character design of Tracy Walker was inspired by Kerry Fox's character Janet Frame in An Angel at My Table (1990).
  • All shots from the dogs' perspective show no red or green as dogs are partly colorblind and can't see these colours.
  • This is Wes Anderson's first movie to be set in the future. All his other movies have been set in either the 20th century or the present day.
  • This is the third stop motion film to be rated PG-13 in USA.
  • The title "Isle of Dogs" is a play on words. Said quickly and fluidly it sounds like "I love dogs." However, the play on words only works in English and loses that meaning in the Japanese pronunciation of the kanji, "Inu ga shima."
  • The movie was filmed by stop motion, with a team of 670 people who did 130,000 still photographs. The most part of this team worked previously with Wes Anderson in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
  • Tracy's place of residence is called the Kikuchiyo Residence, in honour of Kikuchiyo from 'Seven Samurai'.
  • The name of the character Major-Domo is Spanish for Butler (written as Mayordomo).
  • There is a mention of a Toho Mountain in this film. Toho is a leading Japanese film studio responsible for many of Akira Kurosawa's famous films (including Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961)) as well as the Godzilla franchise (which began with Godzilla (1954)) and many other giant monster and sci-fi tokusatsu (Japanese special effects) movies.
  • The dog's fur moves in bizarre patterns reminiscent of the grand daddy of all stop motion and fur, King Kong(1932)
  • Bud Cort did a voice role for a scene that was cut out of the final film. It is rumored that he was going to be the voice of the leader of Gondo's dog tribe and showed his death on screen that would pay tribute to one of director Wes Anderson's favorite films Harold and Maude (1971).
  • The second episode within the film, The Search for Spots, most probably alludes to one of the Star Trek movie episodes, namely The Search for Spock.


  • At the end of the movie, Anjelica Huston, who is a long time collaborator with Wes Anderson, is credited as the "Mute Poodle."
  • The scene in which Chief is given a bath and comes out with a completely different appearance is an homage to the picture book "Harry The Dirty Dog", in which children "find" their lost dog by giving a bath to what they think is a stray. Chief even has similar markings to Harry.
  • A sumo wrestling match is briefly shown in the film. At the conclusion of the match, small seat cushions called "zabuton" are seen being thrown onto the ring. In sumo, this only occurs when a yokozuna (the highest rank of wrestler) is beaten. Some viewers theorize that this is a reference to a 2011 match-fixing scandal in Japanese sumo. The same corrupt sumo wrestlers are later seen with Mayor Kobayashi.
  • The music during some of the sad scenes, most notably when Atari thinks he is burying Spot, is a song taken from Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954), also used in some of the earlier film's most bitter and sad moments.
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