Wes Anderson fans had reason to celebrate on Thursday when the first trailer for his latest feature, the stop-motion adventure Isle of Dogs, was unleashed. The project marks his first feature film since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, and the newly-released footage is filled with Anderson’s signature touches. While we count down the days until Isle of Dogs is released (183 to be exact — it arrives on March 23, 2018), let’s take a closer look at the new trailer to see just how many Wes Anderson-esque characteristics we can spot.
If there’s one thing that Wes Anderson is known for, it’s his perfectly framed compositions.
Carefully thought out color palettes
His beautiful, specific color schemes are significantly associated with his style.
A narrated introduction
Courtney B. Vance sets up the story for us in true Wes Anderson narration fashion.
A quaint 1960s folk rock song
We’ve already added The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band’s “I Won’t Hurt You” to our Wes Anderson playlists.
A score by Alexandre Desplat
Desplat has been creating the music for Anderson’s films since 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Some familiar voices…
Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Jeff Goldblum are among many returning favorites.
…and a new one
Like Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom, this is Koyu Rankin’s first feature film. He voices the 12-year-old boy who sets out to find his beloved dog, Spots.
Animals vs. Humans
Much like Fantastic Mr. Fox, I have a feeling we’ll be rooting for the animals in this story.
A plot built around a journey of epic proportions
As Steve Zissou once said, “This is an adventure,” and it looks like Isle of Dogs is no exception.