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Isle of Dogs Cast

Here's Why You'll Recognize So Many Voices in Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs Cast
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Isle of Dogs is finally out May 10. The Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel) animated film tells the story of a boy search for his pooch, who has been banished to an abandoned island along with other canines.

Due to an outbreak of Dog Flu, furry friends are banned in Japan and the animals are forced to fend for themselves, but is there a cure for the disease that's secretly being covered up?

Once you see the film you won't be able to help but think of the hard work that went into it, and you'll understand why the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Yoko Ono, and Frances McDormand wanted in with voicing the characters.

Desperate to find out who else's voice you recognize? Check out the gallery, and read the impressive fast facts on Isle of Dogs below.

  • There are 850 shots in the film. 76 contain 2D animation as well as stop motion.

  • There are 144,000 still frames shot to create the 100 minutes of the film's duration.
  • The longest shot in the film is Chief's golf course monologue which lasts 80 seconds (1929 frames).
  • The longest shot to animate took 15 weeks (107 days), across three different animators, and guest animation supervisor, Brad Schiff.
  • 240 sets were designed and built.
  • The largest set was 9 meters long and the smallest smaller than the size of an iPhone.
  • 1097 puppets were made. Over 500 humans and 500 dogs.
  • Puppets come in five scales: Oversized (for close ups), Large, Medium, Small, and X-Small for extreme wide shots.
  • The largest puppet creation was the Oversized mouth for Spots which was 3.5 feet long. The smallest puppet was 15mm.
  • The largest character is Major Domo who is 22.7' tall.
  • Atari's (Koyu Rankin) hair is hand-punched and takes two days per head to fully hair. His eyebrows are individually hand-applied with tweezers.
  • Each hero puppet took roughly 16 weeks to make.
  • Perfecting Nutmeg's puppet (Scarlett Johansson) alone took over six months.
  • The human characters have up to 53 individually sculpted faces for their various expressions. Each also has up to 48 replacement mouth plugs for the different phonemes of dialogue. Each is individually sculpted and hand painted. Over 3,000 of these faces and mouth plugs were made throughout the film.
  • Each Tracy (Greta Gerwig) face contains 321 freckles. These are hand-painted by eye to match a master face - in total across the various scales, and multiple faces of Tracy's character, the paint team had to hand paint a total of 40,000 freckles.
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