Next year is shaping up to be a banner year for high-profile stop motion productions. Not only do we have this Anderson project, but Aardman is launching Nick Park’s Early Man in February, and Laika has a mysterious unannounced project currently slated for release in May.
Mark Waring, the animation supervisor on Anderson’s earlier animated feature, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), is the animation director of the film, which is being produced in the U.K. He was also the supervisor on Frankenweenie and animated on Corpse Bride. Lead animators are Anthony Elworthy, Kim Keukeleire, and Jason Stalman; animation supervisor is Tobias Fouracre; senior 2D animator is Aya Suzuki.
Other key creative credits: Andy Gent (head of the puppets department), Tim Ledbury (visual effects supervisor), Adam Stockhausen and Paul Harrod (production designers), Tristan Oliver (director of photography), and Alexandre Desplat (music). The film is based on a story by Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura, with screenplay by Anderson.
The Isle of Dogs voice cast includes Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Kunichi Nomura, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Yoko Ono, Courtney B. Vance, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, Ken Watanabe, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel, Fisher Stevens, and Liev Schreiber.
The film’s accompanying making-of book, to be published by Abrams, also looks like worth picking up, though it won’t be released until next March. From the description:
The story of Isle of Dogs’s conception and production unfolds over the course of several in-depth interviews with Wes Anderson, all conducted by film critic Lauren Wilford. Anderson and his collaborators reveal entertaining anecdotes about the making of the film, their sources of inspiration, the ins and outs of stop-motion animation, and many other insights into their moviemaking process. In keeping with Anderson’s signature aesthetic vision, The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs is richly designed and rife with colorful behind-the-scenes images, photographs, concept artwork, and ephemera.
“In The Wes Anderson Collection, Seitz expands a series of video essays on Anderson’s influences, illuminating as much of Anderson’s process as possible in a massive, beautifully rendered volume. Although it looks (and sometimes reads) like a coffee table book, The Wes Anderson Collection brings together style and substance to provide a loving homage to Anderson’s films and moviemaking in general.”(The A.V. Club)
“Your coffee table wants—no, scratch that—needs this book . . . Packed with 400 images of everything from behind-the-scenes set shots to makeup inspiration to hand-drawn storyboards, the massive tome is pure eye candy. But in addition to the visuals, Seitz also dives deep into each and every Anderson film.”(NYLON)
“A magical tour of Wes Anderson’s filmography.”(C magazine)
“Each page of this book—filled with conversations, photographs and artwork surrounding each film—showcases Anderson’s pop-culture inspirations from Hitchcock and Star Wars to Jacques Cousteau and the French New Wave. Better than most of their kind, the talks reveal a candidness and honesty between critic and director, allowing Seitz to dig around Anderson’s vault and share his discoveries.”(FILTER)
“The Wes Anderson Collection comes as close as a book can to reading like a Wes Anderson film. The design is meticulously crafted, with gorgeous full-page photos and touches like a still representation of Rushmore’s opening montage.”(The A.V. Club)
“Reading the book, you feel as if you’re disappearing into the miniature world of Anderson’s movies, like you’re playing around in the files and fastidiously kept dossiers assembled for each project. In this way, the book mimics the work.”(Complex.com)
“It’s smart, informative, and looks beautiful. In other words, it’s the perfect gift.”(Complex magazine)