Dogs walk red carpet for Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs'
Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed stop-motion animated feature “Isle of Dogs” welcomed dogs to the red carpet for its premiere at a theater in Beijing on Monday.
This was the first time a film has brought dogs to its premiere in China. Eight dogs attended the ceremony, which was cheered by onlookers. This year also marks the Year of Dog, coincidentally, in the Chinese zodiac, which helps the film’s commercial potential in the Chinese market.
Actor Zhu Yawen and actress Song Jia dubbed the animated feature’s leading canine roles and recommended the film at the premiere. Zhu said he’s a big fan of Anderson and was surprised when Fox Searchlight Pictures asked him to participate in the dubbing.
He added that he would love his daughter to listen to his voice in the film when she grows up. “If she found her dad’s voice in it one day, I would feel so happy.”
Actress Song Jia also shared her feelings after seeing the film. “I deeply felt that the director communicated a meaningful message through this animated film. He told us how people and animals should live together on Earth.”
“Isle of Dogs” portrays an eye-opening dog world. The film takes place about 20 years in the future. As “dog flu” rages, the government exiles all dogs to a trash-filled island. A 12-year-old boy breaks into the island in search of his guardian dog, where he meets five different dogs, each of a different breed, and manages to get the dogs’ help and support. Anderson spent four years working on it.
Although director Wes Anderson was absent from Chinese premiere, he spoke to the Chinese audience via a pre-recorded video. He hoped that everyone would enjoy the movie and the unique adventure.
“Isle of Dogs” has star-studded voice cast, which includes Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Francis McDormand and Bill Murray. The film will be officially released in China on April 20. The film had advanced screenings at the 8th Beijing International Film Festival’s panorama section on April 1, tickets for which sold out in 149 seconds, indicating audiences’ passion for Anderson’s film.