When masters suddenly turn on their pets and condemn them to an island landfill, a pack of dogs must rescue a boy and help him find his lost canine. They must face the wilderness, other dogs, some of which might be cannibals, and a country that hates them on a journey to find a dog that may already be dead. This kids movie is surprisingly more adult than it lets on but there’s more than enough here to keep the kiddies entertained as well. And if you’re a dog lover, you don’t want to miss this movie.
Claymation seems like a thing of the past but Wes Anderson and others prove time and time again that it’s better than it’s ever been. Here the claymation is beautiful, and with the combination of Anderson’s style with that of Japanese filmmakers throughout the ages, you see a claymated film that is truly unique in style, story, and music as well. Speaking of which, the music was just as terrific as the rest of it and also matched the music you’d find in any of Anderson’s movies with that of traditional Japanese music and percussion.
This movie is yet more evidence that we need to have a Oscar category for Best Voice Actor. Everyone in this movie is top notch, something they didn’t have to do, especially since it’s a position that you can literally phone in.
Though this movie is an A+ for dog lovers, there should have been more to it than just a simple childrens story. Maybe because of all the adult themes throughout, it felt strange having the villains just want to get rid of dogs for no good reason, and stop anyone who got in his way. Movies don’t have to have deeper meanings to be good, they’re just better when they do.
Also, this movie didn’t know how to end. It doesn’t drag on forever, it just felt like they could have shaved a 5-10 minutes off and it would have been just a little more perfect. If movies go on for too long they start to lose their meaning. Since this one didn’t have much meaning to lose, keeping the ending tight is doubly important.
Why you should watch it: If you love dogs, Wes Anderson, claymation, Japanese culture, or all of the above, then you should definitely check it out.
+7.5: wonderfully entertaining childrens movie
+1: Great voice acting
+1 Great music
-1: Ending drags