Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Set in Japan, this follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.
"A splendid jewel box of a movie about rather grisly matters..."--Village Voice
"...a triumph of pure imagination. Expect to wag your metaphorical tail in delight"--Rolling Stone
"...bursts with color (including extravagant swaths of crimson) and precious detail..."--Washington Post
Publisher: [United States] : Fox Video, 2018.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY FICTION ISL
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray (ca. 101 min.)


From Library Staff

The best animated feature this year is a heartfelt story about the dog-eat-dog world of a future ruled by cat-lovers.

The new Wes Anderson movie is a quirky tale of dogs and underdogs in the feline future of Japan. From the maker of the 2009 adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 19, 2019

This was a strange and weird dvd I must say and my teenager did not understand it and thought it was a clay movie. I find the dogs very interesting and how intense they eyes were and them expressing themselves. Also the idea that living in a society were your forced to comply with a society where the people are dealing with a kingdom or a government which is controlling a situation for their own wants and tries to make people believe a certain idea is the worst such as the current situation of the USA and other countries also. I feel people must not let a dictatorship have control over people and we all need to express how wrong and it is not acceptable to be forced upon.

Jul 16, 2019

Absolute perfection in storytelling: I started watching and could not get enough of these characters. The animation and art design are wonderful. The music, specially the drums, are unforgettable. I truly believe it is a masterpiece that cannot be replicated.
Isle of Dogs is not for everybody, but this movie is destined to become a cult film, because of its own merits and uniqueness.
The ending is optimistic, and left me with a warm feeling of happiness.
This movie has motivated me to learn to write Haiku.
I literally cannot wait for the next Wes Anderson's movie.

Jul 06, 2019

Not for kids.
This is much darker than Fantastic Mr. Fox, with cussing and detailed discussion of doggie-suicide.
Dogs die, and then there's a quick moment of humor to sell it.

May 29, 2019

Set in the future. I recommend this one. It is a tale that makes you think about things that are going on today and how we treat stuff and everyday minor choices we make.

Mar 07, 2019

Interesting. Visually artistic. Different story. Compelling

Mar 02, 2019

Fascinating film.

Jan 28, 2019

Excellence in art. Variety of creative storytelling. Hand painted animation, clay, plastic, paper, a wide variety of media use. In this aspect alone, well worth a study.

As a story it uses humor, a child and animals to voice clear and ongoing moral subjects of planetary resource, waste, and animal use for profit and science. It expresses vicidly the dark side of these taboo subjects. Political corruption is addressed as as well.


It is a clear commentary on the evil nature of humanity to use fear, media, politics, to manipulate, destroy and torture those who can not vote or fight back (children and nature / animals).

The constant human struggle between those who honor nature and believe all life is worth respecting and taking into consideration when making decisions for profit, science, etc.

...and those that do not. The war between those that believe all in power can do as they please regarless of consequences, and do not believe that nature, animals or children have value or rights. They believe that everything is merely a “product” and has a price and expiration.

The story is told by the animated dogs.
Children, well educated and intelligent save the discarded dogs and the little boy.

It is an intricate mix of dark humor, reality, moral questions, art, power of love, truth eventually being told... timeless subjects and laws.


Jan 28, 2019

Grabbed my attention and didn't let go. The jokes are subtle but quite good, and it was fun to try and pick out which famous actor was voicing which character (and there are quite a few A-listers here).

Jan 19, 2019

Good movie but I preferred the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Dec 17, 2018

Deadpan humor and homages to Kurosawa mark this insanely-detailed stop-motion animation romp, in which every frame somehow manages to look like traditional Japanese art. This was a lot of fun, and buried somewhere in it is the fact that the sinister plot that runs the whole thing is actually a battle in the never-ending war between dogs and CATS (which don't appear in the movie!). The story is set in a Japan that is not exactly the past, present, or future, but an amalgam of all three -- with taiko music and kabuki in prominence along with high-tech and steampunk gadgets which don't ever seem to work correctly. The humans speak in Japanese (untranslated, but easy to interpret even if one has no knowledge of the language) while the dogs speak in English -- which adds another layer of silliness, especially since this was produced in Britain. "Beware: I bite."

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Apr 17, 2019

laurenn812 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Mar 01, 2019

ERICA CROSS thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Nov 09, 2018

SelectorLIX thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at CPL

To Top