8 details we noticed in the trailer for Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion film, ‘Isle of Dogs’

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Atari and Chief in “Isle of Dogs.”
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The trailer for Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animated film, “Isle of Dogs,” was released Thursday.

The film takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Megasaki, 20 years into the future.

Dogs have overpopulated the city and have spread “dog flu.” As a result the mayor has ordered all dogs to be sent to live on “Trash Island,” to prevent further outbreaks.

The trailer for Anderson’s new film is touching and sweet, and reminiscent of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” with its thoughtful and vocal cast of animal characters.

Here are a couple of interesting details we noticed in the new “Isle of Dogs” trailer (as well as the trailer itself at the end):


Ads for “dog flu” are shown on television.

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Depictions of disgruntled and aggressive dogs are shown in what appear to be televised warnings about the “dog flu.”


Cats appear to be the pet of choice for people in power.

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We can see cats sitting on the lap of what appears to be a wealthy older woman, and some sort of high-ranking military official.


Everything is branded with cat imagery.

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Cats are seen on television, and briefly on the back of a machine in the trailer. It feels like an indication that Megasaki City favors cats over dogs.


Trash Island is pretty barren.

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With the exception of the mountains of trash on the island (hence the name), the dogs don’t have much in terms nutrients or views.


One of the dogs used to be a baseball mascot.

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Boss’ dog tag reads, “Mascot: Kawasaki Dragons,” and continues, “5 undefeated consecutive seasons.”

This could just be a fun little detail Anderson added, but it might be an insight into one dog’s backstory.


Not everyone is happy with the dogs being sent to Trash Island.

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Kobayashi shows a picture of Spots to a pack of dogs.
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Twelve-year-old Atari Kobayashi sneaks onto the garbage-and-dog filled island on a mission to find his dog Spots in a stolen Junior-Turbo Prop plane.

Kobayashi receives help on his mission from a pack of dogs he meets on the island.


If you pay close attention, you can see what appears to be Spots being sent to Trash Island at the beginning of the trailer.

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It’s hard to see, but the dog inside of the cage does appear to have dark spots on his white coat – just like in the picture Atari shows to the pack of dogs on Trash Island.


“Isle of Dogs” has a massive and impressive cast.

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Actors Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Tilda Swinton have appeared in Anderson’s films before.


Here is the full trailer: