Interest Level: Intermediate
Main Performers: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson,
Director: Wes Anderson
Studio: Indian Paintbrush American Empirical Pictures
Run Time: 101 min.
MPAA Rating: PG13
A triple threat of dog diseases has hit the canine population of Japan. To save the population, Mayor Kobayashi banishes all dogs to Trash Island, beginning with his ward's dog, Spot. Months later, the mayor's ward, Atari, has built his own plane and lands on the island to find his faithful friend. The pack of alpha dogs who find him call him "The Little Pilot" and determine to help him find Spot. After much tribulation and rumors of his death, Atari and Spot are reunited, but life and other commitments take them in different directions anyway.
The animation is excellent and the style of the animation is great, managing very well to enhance the story line. The movie laughs at itself and its own brevity. It is not intended to be anything racist, just humorous—and it is. Atari's determination to find his pet is admirable, and eventually he becomes mayor so his determination is put to good use. Loyalty is a great theme and the cat-loving conspirators make great villains. This is a fun movie to watch with your favorite canine.