The SXSW Convention ended its film series last night with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. What separates this movie from the rest of his filmography, and the majority of today’s cinema is that it employs stop-motion animation. The once popular special effect of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s has become a dying art form.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for Isle of Dogs below.
Official Synopsis: When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old 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.
The film features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, and Edward Norton; look for it in theaters nationwide beginning March 23rd.
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Horror fans have always appreciated stop-motion animation for its ability to transport viewers into the pits of The Uncanny Valley. The videos of Tool are a perfect example of the terrifying potentials of this unique presentation.
For a look at the current state of stop-motion animation, from YouTuber Rossatron. It’s an insightful examination that will enhance your appreciation for the art form that’s become a vestige of a bygone era. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Stop motion is an incredibly challenging, time-consuming way to make a film. Why do artists continue to bother using it over computer animation?
About Rossatron on YouTube: I make video essays about films, and sometimes make films.