ISLE OF DOGS
2018, Fox Searchlight, 101 min, USA/Germany, Dir: Wes Anderson

This animated gem from writer-director Wes Anderson tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island 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 star-studded voice cast includes Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum.


PARANORMAN
2012, Focus Features, 92 min, USA, Dir: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

This horror-comedy hit follows 11-year-old Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a boy whose ability to speak with the dead is doubted by almost all around him. But when his hometown is threatened by an ancient witch, Norman’s unusual power proves crucial. John Goodman, Casey Affleck and Elaine Stritch costar in this Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, which pairs its theme of acceptance for outsiders with state-of-the-art stop-motion techniques (including innovative use of full-color 3-D printers).


FANTASTIC MR. FOX
2009, 20th Century Fox, 87 min, Dir: Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson's first animated film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (voiced by George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live an idyllic home life with son Ash (Jason Schwartzman), but the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox. When he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief, he ends up endangering the whole animal community.


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