Who loves dogs?
There is no coincidence that the title, Isle of Dogs, sounds almost exactly like “I love dogs”. The hidden message betrays the fact that this movie is a love letter to dogs and people who love their dogs. Not only dogs and dog-lovers receive a long love letter, Japanese culture is also on the receiving end of admiration. Let’s just say the movie is appealing in so many different ways to so many different people.
Man’s Best Friend
Isle of Dogs takes place in the near future in the Japanese city of Megasaki City where the corrupt Kobayashi has exiled every single dog to a trash island since all dogs are sick and apparently form a danger for humanity. When a dog asks, “Whatever happened to man’s best friend?”, the audience in the movie theatre was awfully quiet. Not every human agrees with Kobayashi’s decision, Kobayashi’s 12-year-old ward Atari in particular. Atari is the first human to go to the trash island and look for his beloved dog Spots, but Atari has an admirer who may or may not help him in the end.
Something very cool about Isle of Dogs is that the Japanese characters speak Japanese but there are no subtitles, meanwhile the barks of the dogs have been properly translated into English.