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(2018) (voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin) (PG-13)
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- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Dramedy: A number of dogs, banished to a trash island by an anti-dog mayor, help a boy try to find his pooch who was the first sent to that remote location, all due to most canines coming down with dog flu and snout fever.
- In Japan in the near future, most dogs have come down with dog flu and snout fever. Coming from a long dynasty of loving cats and hating dogs, Megasaki City Mayor Kobayashi (voice of KUNICHI NOMURA) orders that all dogs be banished to the remote Trash Island in order to keep humans safe.
That's despite Professor Watanabe (voice of AKIRA ITO), who's planning on running against Kobayashi in the next mayoral election, stating he's close to finding a cure. And the first dog sent off is Spots (voice of LIEV SCHREIBER), the protector dog for 12-year-old orphan Atari (voice of KOYU RANKIN) who just so happens to be Kobayashi's nephew.
Six months later, Atari gets a hold of a small plane and heads for Trash Island to look for Spots but ends up crash-landing and is saved by a small pack of domesticated dogs -- Rex (voice of EDWARD NORTON), King (voice of BOB BALABAN), Boss (voice of BILL MURRAY) and Duke (voice of JEFF GOLDBLUM) -- and one stray in the form of Chief (voice of BRYAN CRANSTON) who wants nothing to do with humans.
Instead, he's interested in the likes of former show dog Nutmeg (voice of SCARLETT JOHANSSON), but decides to help the canine quartet assist the boy in finding Spots. After realizing skeletal remains are not of that dog and that he may be alive elsewhere, they seek out the help and visions of Oracle (voice of TILDA SWINTON) and her assistant, Jupiter (voice of F. MURRAY ABRAHAM).
At the same time, American foreign exchange student Tracy Walker (voice of GRETA GERWIG) is leading protests against the Mayor's anti-dog decree but must be cautious since Kobayashi's "hatchet man," Major-Domo (voice of AKIRA TAKAYAMA), is an intense, Lurch-like fellow who does the mayor's bidding.
As the dogs help the boy look for his former pooch, little do they realize what plans the mayor has to deal with the "dog problem" once and for all.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Being an animated movie (stop-motion style) about dogs could prove enticing, but it's likely teens who are fans of films by director Wes Anderson will probably be the ones who most want to see this.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements and some violent images.
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