Inside The Many Inspirations for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs
A look at the people, places, and art that inspired the filmmaker's new stop-motion movie.
Few filmmakers have a visual style as distinctive as Wes Anderson’s. It takes only a few frames to recognize it: the pastel color palette, the fastidiously handcrafted details, the liberal use of the font Futura... But for a director whose work looks so little like anyone else’s, Anderson draws from a remarkably varied range of influences. “The ingredients that create that feeling are unpredictable to all of us,” says Paul Harrod, who, along with fellow production designer Adam Stockhausen, created the look of Isle of Dogs, a screwball caper about a group of quarantined mutts set in a dystopian Japan, and Anderson’s first stop-motion animation since 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Here, Stockhausen and Harrod go over some of the many sources of inspiration it requires to make a Wes Anderson movie look like a Wes Anderson movie.